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Fried Cabbage - Delicious Low Carb Recipe

Updated on February 18, 2017
One of my low carb meals.
One of my low carb meals. | Source

Low Carb Recipes

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 has ever worked as well for me as restricting carbohydrates. As a result, I’ve found and have 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, and 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 | Source

Cabbage Recipes

Why do I use so many cabbage recipes? I do so for several reason. 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

Directions: 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 | Source

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.

Slice the bacon.
Slice the bacon. | Source
Chop or dice the onion.
Chop or dice the onion. | Source
Saute bacon and onion. Add garlic.
Saute bacon and onion. Add garlic. | Source
Slice cabbage.
Slice cabbage. | Source
Add cabbage, water, and seasonings.
Add cabbage, water, and seasonings. | Source
Simmer to desired tenderness.
Simmer to desired tenderness. | Source

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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4.8 stars from 6 ratings of Southern Fried Cabbage

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 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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      passionate77 3 years ago

      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!

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Hendrika 4 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      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.

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      TL, thanks a whole bunch!

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

      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!)

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      BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      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.


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      Tammy 4 years ago from USA

      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!

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      DoloresHerriot 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      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.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      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!

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      Maria Cecilia 4 years ago from Philippines

      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..

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      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.

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      earnwati, I agree! lol

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      myawn, I appreciate that!

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      tattu, that sounds yummy!

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      Cousins, sounds like a winner!

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      Great, Carol! Thanks a bunch.

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      Maria Cecilia 4 years ago from Philippines

      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.

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      Ernawati 4 years ago from Indonesia

      hmmm, yummmmyyy..

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      myawn 4 years ago from Florida

      I love fried cabbage nice hub voting up

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      tattuwurn 4 years ago

      Your fried cabbage dish is similar to the one we have here in the Philippines -- also with pork and cabbage, only without the bacon but with lots of potatoes. And a lot of broth too, which is based on salt, peppercorns and ginger. It's like a soup-stew.

      We can never go wrong with cabbage!

      Thanks for sharing your recipe. Voted up and shared. :)

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      Heather May 4 years ago from Ohio

      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

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      Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      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.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

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

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, earnwati!

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      Ernawati 4 years ago from Indonesia

      nice ^^