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2.82 from 38 votes

Skillet Fried Cabbage

Skillet Fried Cabbage is supreme po' folks food. It's about as down home as you can get.  When it's cooked in bacon grease in a cast iron skillet, it doesn't retain a large amount of its green color.


  • 6 pieces bacon (or 8 or 10 or a pound. You decide.)
  • 1 medium sweet onion thinly sliced
  • 1 medium head green cabbage cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional


  • Fry bacon in a 12 inch cast iron skillet until crispy. Remove from skillet and drain on paper towel.
  • Cook onion in bacon drippings 3 to 4 minutes or until soft.
  • Add cabbage to skillet and stir. Continue cooking and stirring until cabbage starts to cook down. Make sure it’s coated with bacon drippings. FLAVOR!
  • Add salt and water. Stir well.
  • Leave uncovered and cook on medium for 15 minutes or until cabbage is tender. Stir occasionally. Add more water if necessary. Taste for seasoning and adjust.
  • Add red pepper flakes and crumbled bacon, if there’s any bacon left, and stir.
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