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Fried Cabbage

When I was young, my family grew our own cabbages. It was fun to put them to use in the kitchen, just as I did with this comforting side. With potatoes, deviled eggs and cornbread, it tastes like home. —Bernice Morris, Marshfield, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups coarsely chopped cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon water


  • In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in the sugar, salt, pepper flakes and pepper. Add the cabbage and water. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 59 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 251mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

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  • jdwalters
    Jan 20, 2021

    Is this supposed to be crunchy? I love cabbage but I’ve always had to cook it much longer than 5-6 min to get it soft so I’m just wondering what the texture should be?

  • Corwin44
    Dec 14, 2020

    This recipe is delicious as written. I’ve also substituted the butter with bacon grease and added a teaspoon or two of cider vinegar. The recipe is a fast and easy side dish.

  • Katy's mom
    Dec 7, 2020

    I make this often. It's fast, easy, and tastes good with just about anything. Sometimes I fry bacon until crisp and use a little of the bacon drippings instead of butter. I don't add sugar.

  • annrms
    Sep 25, 2020

    This is a flavorful and easy recipe. The second time I made it I added 2 teaspoons cider vinegar to make it sweet & sour. Either way, it's delicious.

  • momof2boyz2
    Sep 9, 2020

    So simple. But so good. At the very last minute I thought to throw in some frozen peas. Loved it!

  • Peggy
    Jul 10, 2020

    I made it exactly as written, just added a extra teaspoon of sugar and my husband and father in law absolutely loved it. Said it was the best so I will definitely be making it more often.

  • crazycatwoman
    May 24, 2020

    I chopped up an onion and added to the dish. Also added smoked sausage so I could use as a main dish for supper. Made a pan of cornbread and we had supper!

  • ccdalstoll
    Mar 13, 2020

    Try it using bacon grease (doesn't take much) and chopped up bacon bits. Delicious!

  • Deborrah
    Oct 12, 2019

    Using chicken or vegetable broth will give it more flavor. You also need more than that microscopic amount of red pepper flakes. Add red wine vinegar.

  • Cupcake_k9
    Mar 1, 2019

    Super simple but full of flavor. I like the sweet heat.