4-Ingredient Southern "Fried" Cabbage Recipe May Bring You Luck In the New Year by Donna John

4-Ingredient Southern "Fried" Cabbage Recipe May Bring You Luck In the New Year

When thinking about what to eat for New Year's, cabbage should top your list. That's because eating cabbage on New Year's Day, along with black-eyed peas, is thought to bring you good luck and prosperity in the New Year.

Think cabbage is boring and bland? Then you haven’t tried southern “fried” cabbage loaded with bacon and onions. This easy, four-ingredient fried cabbage recipe will make a cabbage lover out of you. 

To make this budget-friendly recipe you will need just a few simple ingredients. Here is your gluten-free list of ingredients: a head of cabbage, bacon, an onion and water. The Tabasco sauce and butter are optional. 

Want to make it vegetarian? Simply leave out the bacon and sauté the onions in a little butter. This simple skillet cabbage recipe is a keeper and a quick side dish for all sorts of proteins for dinner.

Fun Fact: It's said that if you eat cabbage for the New Year it'll bring you money. Couldn't hurt to try, right?

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings: 8


  • 1 head cabbage, core removed and cut in strips or chopped
  • 3 - 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • Tabasco sauce (optional)
  • butter (optional)

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Recipe Notes

  • I'm a fan of Tabasco sauce with this recipe, but the amount you use is up to you. 
  • You can add more or less bacon, depending on your tastes.
  • If you prefer this recipe to be vegetarian, leave out the bacon and sauté the onions in a bit of butter instead.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Here’s how you make it:

  1. Cook the bacon in a large pot until crispy. Add the onion and cook a few minutes to soften.
  2. Add the cabbage and about 1 cup of water. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook over medium heat until cabbage is very soft, about 30 minutes, stirring often. Add a little more water if it all cooks out before the cabbage is done.
  3. When cabbage soft, uncover and cook until all the water has cooked out.
  4. Throw in a couple tablespoons or so of butter and Tabasco sauce right at the end, if using. (I put lots of Tabasco in mine, especially if I leave out the bacon.) Re-season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 211

Total Fat: 15.7g

Saturated Fat: 5.2g

Cholesterol: 41mg

Sodium: 869mg

Total Carbohydrate: 2.4g

Dietary Fiber: 0.6g

Total Sugars: 0.9g

Protein: 14.2g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 12mg

Iron: 1mg

Potassium: 252mg

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Candy Stephens
This makes me wish I liked cabbage ;)
Elisa Schmitz
What a great tradition (and tasty, too)!
I want to know miss wonderful expert cook how you put this all together as a different vegetables I can use within this dish is it on one kind of bacon I'm sorry to sound so anal I just want to know how to to kind of kind of add live this if I can uplift this I want to put the ingredients together and see how it works and it looks really delicious so if this is a side dish or main dish I need to read more of the recipe I apologize every time I see the recipes that you illustrate in the others I get so excited I'm thinking oh boy this looks great so if you have any tips about this as well I appreciate it and how long can you store it keep it it shouldn't be put in the freezer thank you
Making this right now! I usually have sauerkraut on New Years Day ...going this route this year
Elisa Schmitz
Awesome! Let us know how it turns out for you, Tex . Cabbage fried in bacon and onions? Yes, please! Enjoy and Happy New Year!

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