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Southern Fried Cabbage Recipe

Ratings 4.8 from 2 votes
Difficulty Intermediate
Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 30 mins Total Time: 40 mins
Best Season
  • 1 Head of Cabbage (medium)
  • 1 Large Onion (chopped)
  • 1 pound Bacon (beef or pork)
  • 1 pound Smoked Andouille sausage, cut into half-inch rounds
  • 1 medium Yellow Bell Pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium Green Bell Pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher Salt (or to taste)
  • Fresh ground pepper (to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons Creole seasoning
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced or pressed
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  1. Begin by cutting the head of cabbage into quarters, then remove the core. Slice the cabbage into thin strips, roughly the size of coleslaw.

  2. Heat a large pot or pan over medium heat. Add the beef bacon and cook it until it becomes crispy and renders its fat. Beef bacon typically cooks faster than pork bacon, so keep an eye on it.

  3. Remove the crispy beef bacon from the pan, and drain it on a paper towel-lined plate to remove any excess fat. Set it aside for later.

  4. In the same pan, if desired, add 2 tablespoons of butter for extra flavor. You can omit this step if you prefer a leaner version. Add the chopped onions, yellow bell pepper, and green bell pepper to the pan. Sauté them until they start to become tender and translucent, stirring occasionally.

  5. Add the Andouille sausage rounds to the pan with the sautéed onions and bell peppers. Cook until the sausage is browned and has released its flavorful juices.

  6. Season the mixture with kosher salt, fresh ground pepper, and Creole seasoning (like Creole Kick or your preferred blend). Add the minced or pressed garlic to the pan and cook for about a minute until fragrant.

  7. Add the chopped cabbage to the pan, stirring to combine all the ingredients.

  8. Cover the pan with a lid to allow the cabbage to wilt and cook down. You may need to stir occasionally to ensure even cooking. The cooking time depends on your desired cabbage texture. For a slightly crunchy cabbage, cook for 10-15 minutes. For a softer cabbage, cook for 20-30 minutes.

  9. While the cabbage is cooking, crumble the beef bacon you cooked earlier. Once the cabbage has reached your desired texture, remove the pan from heat, and stir in the crumbled beef bacon.

  10. Taste the Southern Fried Cabbage and adjust the seasoning with salt, pepper, or Creole seasoning if needed. Serve your delicious Southern Fried Cabbage with Beef Bacon and Andouille Sausage as a side dish, and enjoy!