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Fried Cabbage - Delicious Low Carb Recipe

Holle loves to cook. She creates a lot of delicious recipes and enjoys sharing them.

One of my low carb meals.

One of my low carb meals.

Is Fried Cabbage Good for Weight Loss?

I really like low carb diets. That’s the only way I can lose weight. Believe me – I’ve tried lots of other diets, but none of them have ever worked as well for me as restricting carbohydrates. As a result, I have found and created many low carb recipes. In fact, I make complete low carb meals. By the way, I don’t bother with counting calories. I’ve cured my diabetes without medication, I’ve lost seventy pounds, and when I run into someone I haven’t seen in a while, they often ask me if I’ve stopped eating. No, I haven’t quit eating. I still eat, and I eat well. Take a look at the photo to the right. That’s a low carb meal I had for dinner last night. It includes a grilled chicken breast with low carb BBQ sauce, baked squash, and fried cabbage. The night before, I had a big T-bone steak, grilled squash, and a spinach salad. Tomorrow for lunch I’m having a big red tomato stuffed with homemade shrimp salad, on a bed of baby spinach. I think the problem some people have with low carb diets is that they try to follow a no-carb diet. I don’t. I know the difference, and I include some carbohydrates every day. I’m just careful to keep the carb count low. I eat veggies every day, especially cruciferous vegetables. That’s where cabbage recipes come in. Today I’m going to share a fried cabbage recipe with you.

Easy Coleslaw Recipe

Easy Coleslaw Recipe

Cabbage Recipes

Why do I use so many cabbage recipes? I do so for several reasons. For one thing, I like cabbage. For another, it’s low in carbs. A ½-cup serving has only 1.5 grams of net carbs and a gram of healthy fiber. As I said, I don’t count calories, but for those of you who do, you might be interested in knowing that a serving of cabbage has just ten calories. Cabbage is healthy in other ways, too. It’s a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin K, folate, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, and magnesium. I mentioned cruciferous vegetables. They’re important because studies suggest they have cancer-fighting properties. Even though the humble cabbage delivers all these health benefits, it’s cheap and easy to prepare.

What are my favorite cabbage recipes? My favorites are probably recipes for coleslaw. In hot weather, I usually keep a big bowl of slaw in the fridge. Gosh, it goes with just about everything! We also like boiled cabbage, steamed cabbage, and cabbage rolls. My best friend has a recipe for cabbage casserole that she wants me to try. She says it’s delicious, but I’ll admit that it doesn’t sound very appetizing. When I get up the nerve to try it, I’ll share it with you – if I like it. Meanwhile, here’s an easy coleslaw recipe you might like:

Quick and Easy Coleslaw Recipe


1 package slaw mix (16 ounces)

2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish

2 tablespoons chopped Vidalia onion

chopped red bell pepper (optional)

¾ cup mayonnaise

1/3 cup sugar or Splenda

3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

3 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon minced garlic

Salt and pepper, to taste


Place slaw mix and chopped onion in bowl.

Whisk together remaining ingredients until sugar dissolves. Pour over cabbage and toss to coat.

Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.

Soul Food

Soul Food

Soul Food

Do cabbage recipes qualify as Soul Food? Yes, they do. Soul Food originated in the Deep South, with the slave culture. Cabbage has been grown in North America since the sixteenth century when it was introduced by Jacques Cartier, a French explorer. It didn’t take American colonists long to learn that they could cultivate their own “cole.” What’s cole? “Cole crops” is the term used to describe food crops that are members of the Brassica genus. “Cole” comes from the Latin word for cabbage, “caulis.” Now you know how coleslaw got its name!

Many slaves had their own gardens, and cabbage was easy to grow. Poor whites made the same discovery. I remember when many southerners grew a few heads of cabbage in their flower gardens and between their shrubbery. Even if folks couldn’t grow their own cabbage, it was inexpensive to buy. The sliced heads were usually boiled with a ham hock or with some other type of cured or smoked pork. A skillet or pan of cornbread usually accompanied the dish, which was used to soak up the tasty pot liquor.

There’s actually very little difference among the different categories of southern cuisine. Soul Food, Lowcountry cuisine, Gullah cuisine, and plain ole southern cooking share most of the same ingredients and cooking methods. All these cooks lived in basically the same geographical area, so they all had pretty much the same local raw foods. In general, many soul food and Gullah dishes are spicier, however, than typical southern dishes are.

Recipe for Fried Cabbage

This is a recipe for fried cabbage with bacon. Some people refer to this dish as southern fried cabbage. I like to slice my cabbage, but if you prefer, you can chop it or shred it. If you don’t have Soul Food seasoning, use salt, black pepper, cayenne, and paprika. With the seasoning blend, you probably won’t need to add more salt.

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

25 min

35 min

makes 4 servings


  • 4 slices thick bacon
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 head cabbage
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • Soul Food seasoning, to taste


  1. Cut bacon into one-inch pieces and chop or dice onion. Place in a large Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid and sauté over medium heat for six minutes, stirring occasionally. Leave lid off for now.
  2. While the bacon and onion are cooking, remove the outermost leaves from head of cabbage. Then slice, chop, or shred the cabbage.
  3. When the bacon and onion have cooked for six minutes, add the garlic and cook for one minute longer.
  4. Add the cabbage to the pot and stir until the bacon fat is well distributed.
  5. Dissolve bouillon granules in hot water and pour over cabbage.
  6. Add soul food seasoning.
  7. Cover pot and reduce heat. Simmer until cabbage reaches desired tenderness. Stir occasionally.

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Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on October 05, 2017:

Rhonda, I made this fried cabbage recipe just last night. Yum!

rhonda witt-miller on October 05, 2017:

was STARVING so I fried 4 pieces of cut up bacon, added chopped cabbage, some HOT salsa, chopped onion, and garlic salt....let it fry..delicious!! Great midnight snack! Full of fiber and satisfies!! I've lost 28 lbs but am at a stand still...this will help!

passionate77 on November 09, 2013:

hmm easy and nice recipe, i think i can substitute the bacon with some other meat if desire, cabbage is really very nice, inexpensive, and great vegetable that is so low in calories and full of healthy fiber, great and very healthy. i like cabbage a lot both in raw and cooked form. thanks for the recipe. stay blessed dear!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 25, 2013:

Thaat's great, Hendrika. Cabbage is cheap here, too. Thanks for reading!

Hendrika from Pretoria, South Africa on March 25, 2013:

My family does not really want to eat cabbage, so I think I am going to try some of these recipes and see if I cannot change their mind. Not only for the love of cabbage but also because it is a very cheap vegetable in South Africa.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 12, 2013:

DoloresM, ditto on the bacon comment! Fried cabbage just isn't the same without it.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 12, 2013:

BK, you're truly blessed to have good ol' southern food while growing up! lol

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 12, 2013:

TL, thanks a whole bunch!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 12, 2013:

Dolores, I feel much better on a low carb diet, too, but not everyone does. Thanks for stopping by!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 12, 2013:

Thanks for reading, Marcy. We like sweet slaw, and we especially like coleslaw that's sweet AND spicy hot!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 12, 2013:

Maria, I love rice, too...with gravy...and country fried steak...and biscuits...and a big glass of sweet iced tea!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on January 12, 2013:

Great recipe! Cabbage is the best food - it's so healthy, full of fiber, and very inexpensive! (And there is nothing like a little bacon to really add something special to just about anything!)

BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on January 10, 2013:

Now I want fried cabbage - right now - as I sit here writing you. Whew! This is an all time favorite and what a thrill - I mean it.

Sometimes I crumble a little cornbread in it as I eat it - just because I happen to be clutching a slab of cornbread in my other fist - oh my. As a native New Yorker I am forever grateful that my parents had Southern roots because I ate so well and yes - soul food all the way. Whew!

Good food makes for happy times.


Tammy on January 07, 2013:

I am a cabbage lover. I have never had it fried like this before, so I am going to give it a try. I usually use our cabbage in a sandwich called a bierock, or eat it in salads and such. I'm getting hungry now...LOL! Great job! Loved the photos too!

DoloresHerriot from United Kingdom on January 07, 2013:

Great hub, I'm starting to eat more cabbage so it's good to have more recipes to try. I eat a mostly primal style diet which is low carb and feel better for it.

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on January 07, 2013:

I love cabbage! Just had to check out your slaw recipe here - I personally go for the less-sweet style, but I like learning new ways to prepare it!

Maria Cecilia from Philippines on January 07, 2013:

yes I did in fact I did the non carbo diet, I lost more than 40 lbs then, and I was smaller for less than 10 years now I am gaining back all the lbs......but I also exercised regularly then. Non carbo diet is effective to me I think, I am a rice eater... whenever I lessen my rice intake I really lose weight..

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 07, 2013:

Maria, I'd love to have you as a neighbor! Have you tried any low carb diets? Seriously - that's the only thing that works for me. I have lots of low carb recipes on HP, if you're interested.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 07, 2013:

earnwati, I agree! lol

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 07, 2013:

myawn, I appreciate that!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 07, 2013:

tattu, that sounds yummy!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 07, 2013:

Wow, Mommy - low carb diets without meat has to be tough. Do you eat eggs and cheese?

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 07, 2013:

Cousins, sounds like a winner!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 07, 2013:

Great, Carol! Thanks a bunch.

Maria Cecilia from Philippines on January 07, 2013:

Habee help me I need to lose weight too, cabbage recipe is great I am curious how to fry it?, wish again you are my neighbor so I can lose weight with you.

Ernawati from Indonesia on January 07, 2013:

hmmm, yummmmyyy..

myawn from Florida on January 07, 2013:

I love fried cabbage nice hub voting up

Heather May from Ohio on January 07, 2013:

i think these look great! i am a vegetarian who eats low carb to lose weight! Even though there is meat in these dishes, i think that i can alter them and still get the flavor!! thanks

Your Cousins from Atlanta, GA on January 07, 2013:

We are planning to have cabbage cooked with ham for dinner tonight. Next time I am going to round up your ingredients and try your version. Voted up and useful.

carol stanley from Arizona on January 07, 2013:

The cabbage looks yummy. Thanks for the great recipe..Voting up and sharing..and pinning.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 07, 2013:

Thanks, earnwati!

Ernawati from Indonesia on January 07, 2013:

nice ^^