Fried Cabbage Mama's Way

Rose Mary Mogan


This is the fried cabbage recipe the way my mama made it for all 11 of us kids when we were growing up in rural Arkansas. I still make it the way she did except I add both red & green Bell Pepper for both flavor & color. It is a quick, easy & a very simple recipe. Nothing fancy but really has lots of flavor. Add a skillet of Corn Bread and I am all set. My dad ate mustard over his, and to this day, I eat mine that way too. My husband laughs at me, but he has catsup on his, no matter how you like it, it is good any way you like it, even with Cha Cha, or Chow Chow as some call it now a days.

★★★★★ 4 votes
6 or more depending on appetite
10 Min
20 Min
Stove Top


1 medium
head of cabbage about 3-3 1/2 pounds
6 slice
1 medium
onion, sliced
1 medium
red bell pepper
1 medium
green bell pepper
2 Tbsp
minced garlic
salt & pepper to taste( i use kosher salt, & coarsly grated black pepper)


1Cook bacon in large skillet or pot till crisp. I like to use a cast iron skillet because that is what mama used. Remove when bacon is crisp. Core cabbage & cut into shreds with knife, wash and add to skillet along with onion, minced garlic and bell pepper.Turn heat to medium low. Cover with a tight fitting lid and allow cabbage to wilt down. Stirring occassionally to prevent sticking. Cook until crisp tender. Season with salt & pepper. Crumble bacon and sprinkle over top. Stir to mix bacon with cabbage, & serve while hot.
2We always had buttermilk cornbread for supper. Here is the recipe for Mama's Buttermilk Corn Bread.
Mama never used garlic when we were growing up, but I added it, & use it in many of my dishes when I am cooking, she just used what we had in the garden, cabbage,green bell pepper, and green onions or the regular onions. Which ever were available at the time.

About Fried Cabbage Mama's Way

Course/Dish: Vegetables
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #easy, #tasty