Fried Cabbage

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
When I was young, my family grew our own cabbages. It was fun to put the cabbage to use in the kitchen, just as I did with this comforting side. With potatoes, deviled eggs and cornbread, fried cabbage tastes like home. —Bernice Morris, Marshfield, Missouri


  • 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


  1. 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.
Fried Cabbage Tips

Should fried cabbage be crunchy?

Fried cabbage should be a mix of crunchy and soft. If you prefer your cabbage softer, you can let it cook longer after adding it to the pan. For more crispness, add a little more oil once the water is evaporated.

What can I add to this fried cabbage recipe?

For a heartier dish, add chopped cooked bacon or sliced smoked sausage to this fried cabbage. For a German sauerkraut-style dish, stir in some caraway seeds and a tablespoon of cider vinegar.

How can you make vegan fried cabbage?

This fried cabbage recipe is vegetarian, but to make it vegan, substitute the butter with an equal amount of a neutral flavor oil (like olive or canola oil), or a vegan butter substitute.

What do you eat with fried cabbage?

You can eat many things with fried cabbage, like sauerbraten, bratwurst and schnitzel.

How long will fried cabbage last?

Leftover fried cabbage will last for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator. Store in a tightly covered container to keep the cabbage fresh, and to prevent odors from seeping into other foods in the fridge. If you liked this fried cabbage dish, be sure to try more of our Southern cabbage recipes, like cabbage casserole.

Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant and Catherine Ward, Taste of Home Prep Kitchen Manager

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.