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Fried Cabbage

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


6 servings

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, fried cabbage tastes like home. —Bernice Morris, Marshfield, Missouri
Fried Cabbage Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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 sauce to this fried cabbage. For a German sauerkraut-style dish, stir in some caraway seeds and a tablespoon of cider vinegar.

What do you eat with fried cabbage?

You can eat many things with fried cabbage, like sauerbraten, bratwurst and schnitzel. Research contributed by Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

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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