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A skillet of old fashioned fried cabbage with bacon, onion, garlic, and a bit of vinegar and brown sugar.



This old fashioned fried cabbage is comfort food at its best.  Chopped cabbage is sauteed in bacon drippings, with onion, garlic, and a kiss of brown sugar and vinegar.  It is a great side dish with grilled or roasted meats.



4 slices thick bacon, cut into slices

2 tablespoons butter

1 sweet onion, diced

2 large garlic cloves, minced

1 small head green cabbage, cored and chopped into small pieces

½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar

2 teaspoons brown sugar

Kosher salt to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Minced fresh parsley, for garnish


Heat a large cast-iron or heavy bottom skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the bacon and cook until crisp – about 7 minutes.

Use a slotted spoon to remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.  Leave as much of the bacon fat in the skillet as possible.

Melt the butter into the bacon fat.  

Stir in the onion and garlic.  Cook, stirring constantly until the onion becomes translucent – about 4 minutes.

Add the cabbage and vinegar,  toss to combine all of the ingredients.

Sprinkle in the brown sugar, salt, and pepper.

Continue to cook, stirring occasionally until the cabbage is tender – about 10 – 15 minutes.

Return the bacon to the skillet.

Cook for an additional minute to combine the bacon with the cabbage.

Remove from the heat and garnish with a sprinkle of parsley on top.

Serve warm.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Pan fry
  • Cuisine: Southern

Keywords: old fashioned fried cabbage, side dish recipes, vegetable recipes, cabbage recipe, Southern recipes