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Southern Cabbage- Quick & Easy!

Southern Cabbage- Quick & Easy!

REQUESTED RECIPE: How I make my cabbage
Note* If you are making this for a special occasion, definitely make it the day before and just reheat it in the microwave. It taste great the day you make it, but once it’s had a chance to soak up those flavorful juices. OMG delish!!!

I usually cook cabbage about once or twice a year. I don’t know why because I love the stuff, it’s healthy and even better, it’s cheap!

Wait a minute I know why I don’t cook it as often, because it funks up the kitchen! Ughhh, there is just something about the smell of cabbage cooking that I hate. That was until a friend gave me a lil tip:

“Don’t boil the cabbage, simmer it!”

Some folks say that if you add in a bit of vinegar or lemon juice while cooking, it will greatly reduce the smell. Hmmm…I’ll have to give it a try one day.

My mother always boiled her cabbage from start to finish and so I just automatically did the same thing. Simmering it really does cut down on the smell. Keyword: Cut down. Not get rid of. I can at least tolerate it now.

Here is how I cook my basic cabbage. I love this southern cabbage recipe because it creates tender, yet slightly firm cabbage that is full of flavor, even the juice left in the pot taste good!

This is a very basic (but flavorful) cabbage recipe. If you wanna add a lil spunk to your cabbage throw in some sauteed onions, garlic, red pepper flakes, and smoked meat. Yum! 

Grandma’s Southern Cabbage

Watch me make this tasty southern cabbage recipe from start to finish! 

4.9 from 49 reviews
Southern Cabbage Recipe
  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon of seasoning salt (or season to taste)
  • Fresh black pepper
  • 1½- 2 cups chicken broth (can also use water but chicken broth makes it taste so delish!)
  1. Step 1.) Cut Cabbage into quarters, removing the hard stem. Slice each quarter into 1-inch wide strips.
  2. Step 2.) In a large pot, add butter, olive oil, salt, pepper, & cabbage.
  3. Step 3.) Add in chicken broth and toss.
  4. Step 4.) Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover and reduce heat to medium low.
  5. Step 5.) Simmer for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until cabbage is tender. Do not overcook.


  1. I just finished making this. OMG…. Delish. I followed the recipe to the letter. I will definitely make this again.

  2. I made this per your recipe. I went one step further. I went to the refrigerator and found leftover pot roast and some raw onion and threw them in and instead of just a cup and a half of chicken broth, I used two full 14.4 oz. cans (who wants to just use part of a can of broth?)

    Wow, it was great. I made this because I love cooked cabbage but my wife doesn’t and she was gone overnight so I got to cook what I liked. It was so good I decided to save some for her and I bet she will like it too.

  3. I haven’t tried this recipe yet but was wanting to make for church tomorrow. It works best to use a crock pot. Do you think putting it in a crockpot on high for about an hour would work also? Someone please let me know what you think. :)

  4. Simmering in chicken broth instead of water is genius! This was delicious and very simple

  5. This recipe was absolutely on point. I decided to add Garlic salt, sauteed onions and smoked ham hocks and it was delicious, especially the juice, i will be making this often…thank you

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  7. I just made it and added about a teaspoon of vinegar to the cabbage and amazingly left almost no cabbage odor, amazing!

  8. Katherine Stokes

    Wow!! I just followed this recipe exactly – It is AWESOME!! Loads of flavor! Thank you so much for sharing this! I have never cooked cabbage before. I always thought there must be a trick to cooking and having it taste good. Very easy to follow and quick to cook!

  9. Yummy!!!! I love this! It was so flavorful!!! I agree the chicken broth is the key!!!

  10. This was my first time cooking cabbage. This easy recipe reminded me of how my mom cooked it. I didn’t have enough chicken broth so I diluted it with water. It was delicious.

  11. My kids like this recipe so much my 12 year old wants it for her birthday dinner!

  12. All I can say is WOW!
    Best cabbage I ever had!!!

  13. This was outstanding. Thank you!

  14. Great recipe, love it. Thank you for sharing.

  15. I have never cooked a cabbage and I must say this is by far the best recipe.

  16. In your directions, it says to use 2 cups of chicken broth but in the video it looks like 4 to 6 cups. I just want to know so i can make it as good as yours… Thanks! I’m going to try this on the weekend

  17. Thanks! I actually was tired of my daughter asking for her Grandma to Fix her some Cabbage! I fixed her butt today!!! Thanks so much!!! It came out Perfect! I called My Mom in Delight! And no im not in my 40′s and married for 20+ yrs!!! LOL!!!

    • Hey.. had a question… How many cups of chicken broth did you use? The directions says 2 but it looked like 4-6 in the video.. Thanks!

    • THIS WAS ON POINT. VERY WELL SEASONED AND SIMPLE. All I did was cut up and put in pot and simmer. the chicken broth really adds a lot of flavor, so you really did only need just a teaspoon of salt. I served it on a bed of rice, and it was gone within a hour. My family loved it. I will be adding this good ole comfort food to my recipe and sunday dinner list.

  18. This was excellent. I would like to see more of your recipes. Thank you very much

  19. Excellent recipe. My son is picky and he even liked it. Thanks Diva!

  20. Omg! Absolutely flawless! Thank you for helping my husband think I can cook! It was delish with Jiffy mix cornbread crumbled in it.

  21. I makes cabbage all the time now due to this recipe. It is definitely a hit at our house. Using broth instead of plain water does wonders. I’m a novice cook, so I didn’t know that (lol).

  22. I found your recipe online and this is GREAT!! Being a single man it comes in handy when impressing my dates! I have also subscribed to your YouTube channel!

  23. This is very good . I put in some garlic and basil . Definitely can eat every day . has a nice buttery flavor without a lot of butter .

  24. This is my first year cooking Thanksgiving dinner, and do to your recipes and help, it was blessed one. Thank you so much.

    Tia can cook now too!

  25. I loved this recipe! I was looking for a nice and quick, but delicious way to fix my cabbage. My mom used to make it when I was younger and I’ve been wanting it again so bad. This so hit the spot. Thanks for sharing. And John Chef, she was using a clear cutting board as you can see the edges. And as most know, of course one can add their own amount of salt if not happy with the recipes…just saying.

  26. Just made this recipe, Amazing (I couldn’t stop going back for more!). Used the red pepper flakes, very little salt (broth has it in), pepper and a little dried parsley. To cook cabbage my mom either fried cabbage with onion or boiled in water. My family only like the fried version, but this was way better than the water and we all love it! This is now going to be our new method for boiling, thanks for the recipe!

  27. Oh girl!!! This cabbage was so good! I was always intimidated by cabbage because it took forever to cook. My baby girls and I loved the cabbage. I just added a chicken bouillon to the water instead of chicken stock and added minced garlic with the oil, butter, salt and pepper. VOILA : )

  28. ABSOLUTELY love this recipe! Add the smoke sausage, and a pan of cornbread, and you have a whole meal for cheap!!!

  29. I DON’T LIKE CABBAGE …. NEVER LIKE CABBAGE PLUS IT STINKS TOO.. I made your recipe and wait.. what was I saying??? I just made it for my bf who happens to love cabbage. The only thing I added was carrots because I love when my mother did that before and I’ve added vingar a little onion powder and garlic salt this DOES NOT over power your recipe at all, instead it made it beyond perfect I couldn’t believe how much I liked it myself because I DON’T LIKE.. well I use too not like anybodys cabbage except for my mom’s and gm’s and what I’ve made is better than them both SHHHHH.. Don’t tell them I said that thank you sooo much diva :-) !!

  30. This was EXCELLENT….easy and quick. I took additional
    Suggestion of fresh garlic as well as red pepper flakes and onion salt…with turkey kielbasa…yum

  31. Just made this with my 12 daughter. Trying to get her started on cooking. Your recepie is simpe and to the point. It turned out great! Thank you Diva!!!

  32. This is by far the BEST recipe I’ve ever found! I literally ate all of the cabbage I just made, and have to go buy some more for dinner tonight :)

  33. Thank you for sharing your recipe. This was very delicious and it was my first time ever making cabbage. I did tweak it a little, and added a few more seasonings and juice from some banana peppers.

  34. I have 2 1/2 oooold cabbages to use up… slaw is out of the question, and I don’t really wanna make kraut out of them, even though that’s what I bought them for. But this recipe is perfect! I *just* made a couple quarts of chicken stock tonight and I don’t think they’ll both fit in my packed freezer. This will use one of them up, and it’s simple enough that if I get tired of it after a couple days, I can turn it into something else. Thanks!

  35. My mom had a head of cabbage and had no idea what to do with it, so I googled a recipe and found your site. It turned out crazy good!
    Thanks sooo much for sharing!

  36. Charlene Montford

    I bought cabbage for a cold slaw recipe but I changed my mind and I decided to make cooked cabbage instead, for the time every. This recipe was heplful and it is…. DA BOM! lol!

    Thank Diva!

  37. Is it possible to can this for future enjoyment?

  38. MMMM! I added red pepper flakes, natures seasoning, accent seasoning. I also added some garlic, red pepper,and onions thats I cooked in olive oil. This was so good!

  39. I don’t have chicken broth, will it bee just as good with beef broth?

  40. OMG Monique! My husband loves cabbage and I normally just make cabbage the basic way: Cabbage, water, red pepper flakes, salt/pepper…all the while hoping that he likes it. This time I wanted him to love it as he had been working all day. So, I took a chance and googled “best cabbage receipe” and your website was one of the first that came up.I used your receipe exactly and also added 4 Farmer John’s Louisiana Hot Links! OMG!!!!!!!! I made the cabbage on Saturday night but my husband only had a little bit and he ranted how good it was then. But, he just sent me this message today (today is Monday) saying: “Maaaaaaan this cabbage is the step before heavens gate!…not gonna be none left……daaaaaaaamn!” That was some bomb cabbage,!. I wil always make my cabbage this way.

  41. This is a great recipe. I changed it a bit. I browned some chopped garlic cloves in the butter and oil then added some cooked turkey breast chunks. I ate two bowls and thinking about a third! ;-}

  42. First time making cabbage and my babies loved it!!! Yummmm so flavorful. I skipped the olive oil and used less butter it was deeelicious

  43. OMG MONIQUE!!! I have been with my fiance for TEN years and not once… I mean not once until tonight have I gotten him to eat a vegetable!!! I was floored, I’ve been tirelessly trying to sneak veggies into his meals for the last decade and tonight he finished all of it besides what was on my plate which probably would have disappeared also if I left it to long! I’ll be on your website every night now girlfriend, thank you thank you!

  44. I just stumbled across this receipe/your website. I have to make a ton of cabbage for church tomorrow. While I have made cabbage several timesfor my family, I must admit I am a bit nervous. Of course they think because I’m young, I don’t know how to cook. But I do cook pretty well. I’ll be sure to post my results tomorrow after church. I can’t wait to try this recipe, thanks.

  45. Today is May 4, 2013 and I just cooked this recipe for dinner and it came out good very tasteful! My husband and I just ate it with yellow rice and fried chicken he liked it!

  46. Delicious! Fresh and crunchy instead of soggy and greasy, love!

  47. I just discovered your website and I can not wait to start trying out your recipes! I am on a low carb diet and there are TONS of recipes here that I can eat as is, or with only slight modifications. I am SO happy to have discovered you! Keep the recipes coming, please!!!

  48. This recipe was simple,TASTY and low in calories……very happy indeed!! =)

  49. Love it love it!!!

  50. Im sooooo glad to have tracked this recipe. Cooking Sunday dinner and really needed some pointers! From the reviews, i knew i wasnt going wrong at all with the taste. Good good good. Thanks alot

  51. Monique, you have done it again! Another great recipe!! I usually fry my cabbage but I thought I’d give yours a try. And let me tell you, I’m glad I did. This cabbage was down right good! This recipe will now become a staple in my house.

  52. Love your recipe! I use it all the time!

  53. I made this for my family and it was sooooo good everyone loved it…. Thanks!

  54. I had to leave a comment to say thank you SO much for the awesome recipe. I’ve cooked cabbage for a while now but after using your recommendations I realized that I’ve been cooking mine way too long! In addition to the original recipe, I jazzed up my dish with red pepper flakes, minced garlic, lemon pepper and hickory smoked bacon bits. With an active one year old, I’m always looking for a short cut when it comes to dinner prep.

    Thanks for sharing:)

  55. Awesome! Awesome! Was looking for a simple cabbage dish and came across yours. Very tasty! Great tips! Loved the video! Have never cooked cabbage before, but, have always liked it when done just right. I added tiny baby carrots for a little something extra.

  56. Just started cooking this. My first time making cabbage. Can’t wait to eat. With some ribs yummy! My husband coming home from working out of town. Got to have a good ole southern dinner ready for him. Thanks for the recipe

  57. I’ve never cooked cabbage and was worried it wouldn’t come out right. I can cook some greens but didnt know about cabbage. My 14 month Lil girl loves it. I made this recipe and it is gooood!! I love the flavor! This is going in my book… Thank you

  58. I just made this recipe a few days ago for Sunday dinner verry good!!! This was my 1st time ever making cabbage thanks my family loved it & said it was the best :)

    5 stars

  59. Great recipe! This was my first time making cabbage and I will def be making it more often now. I sauteed half an onion and a large clove of garlic in the oil & butter. I will probably reduce the oil by 1 tbsp next time but leave the butter cause I liked the buttery taste. Used adobo instead of seasoned salt. (they’re close to the same thing) and also added red pepper flakes and little bit of garlic powder. I wanted to eat the whole pot. Thanks for the great recipe!

  60. I made this tonight, it was delicious!! I didn’t have the chicken broth so I just used two chicken bullion cubes and water. It was great. Thanks!!

  61. I could not help but notice that you did not use a chopping or cutting board when you sliced the cabbage? You are ruining your knives plus scratching the counter surface!
    You salted the cabbage twice… Cabbage is a high moisture vegetable and should be steamed and not boiled. Use less chicken stock and cook only until fork tender. Leave the final step of adding any extra salt to the individual eating the finished product. Cooks tend to add sugar and salt to everything.

  62. I just made this recipe a few days ago to practice for Christmas dinner, and OMG…it’s really tasty!! And that’s saying a lot coming from a girl who’s not the best cook. I know my in-laws will be impressed. I’m gonna try your collard greens and candied yams recipes next. Thanks!!!

  63. I just finished making this recipe and it turned out very goooooooooooood. I just love me some cabbage. Thank you for sharing.

  64. Made this tonight and it came out great. Actually tried a few of your recipes for thanksgiving. Family loved them!!! But my all time favorite recipe on your blog is the red velvet cake and frosting. YUM

  65. Lemme tell you, EVERYBODY was tryin’ to smack me (including my momma) after I made this cabbage. I mean, folks were mad that I only made one pot! Absolutely delish! thank you!

  66. I made this for my best friend’s family for dinner. They are Irish and Portuguese and have certain things they all hate so cooking for them is always a challenge. This cabbage came out deliciously!!! I had to use savoy cabbage instead of regular green, but it tasted the same! I grew up on green cabbage and they grew up on savoy. I made this the day before as suggested and it was AWESOME! It was easy, inexpensive and delicious! Thank you for giving me a new veggie to enjoy with my meals! Keep them coming! :)

  67. Awesome, had some fried tilapia, rice and your cabbage my kids and I THANK YOU!!!! Have to share this. Banana pudding next.

  68. I’m a seasoned “diva can cook”, and this recipe is a keeper. Thanks, Grandma for sharing! (and you too Monique :-)

    • I made the cabbage again for St Paddy’s Day. This time I used your suggested tips and also used a lil vinegar for “smell control”; about a tablespoon. I don’t know if it helped with the smell, but it sure added to the flavor. I really liked it! Thanks for the tips! Be blessed!

  69. Great and simple recipe. I tried this last night and it was good. I threw in some smoked beef sausage too as I always like to have some meat in my cabbage.

  70. OMG…. Thank you sssoooooo much. I was looking for an easy recipe since My spouse requested cabbage with turkey wings and rice. The video was short and to the point, very easy to follow. I used perfect pinch “salt free” garlic and herb seasoning, and I must confess…. “I picked up that phone and bragged to my mama that she might have some competition” Lol. Great recipe, Thanks Diva ;-)

  71. I love your vids, u have such great recipes:)!!! And this is a great recipe! Being as though im from the south, we put pork in our cabbage and greens, like ham, ham hocks, pig tails (yes, pig tails, lol!), or neck bones or something. Do u do yours like that sometimes??:)

  72. Thanks for this… I’m a Southerner and have always loved it, but never attempted to cook it until now. Can’t wait to taste it, it looks fabulous and smells… well… you know how it smells…

  73. You are my new “Friend in my Head”!!!! I just made this and it is DELISH!!!! I added some turkey bacon to the pot w/the olive oil and butter . . . OH . . .EM . . . GEE!!!! I will be HAWT this summer b/c I will be eating my veggies! Thanks so much! :)

  74. This is a fantastic recipe. I cooked mine with vegetable broth instead of chicken broth (I’m a vegetarian) and it turned out great!!!

  75. This was my very first time making cabbage and it turned out GREAT!!! Thanks!!

  76. Thanks Diva, I made my first batch of cabbage with the turkey meatloaf, A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!!! I am so proud and you should be too, keep up the great work!

  77. My mom usually fries it w/ bacon .. But I’m trying this recipie for new years but I’m
    Gonna add okra =]

  78. Thanks for this recipe! Today was my first time ever making cabbage and it came out great!

  79. Tried it tonight and the cabbage came out so good. I usually fry bacon but my hubby doesn’t like to eat pork except pepperoni on a pizza. So, I tried your recipe and it was flavorful and no more pork. My kids ages 2 and 3 loved the music you used while cooking the cabbage. My babies were jammin’ while I was trying to make sure I covered each step. Thanks, Diva!!

  80. Tried this recipe and it turned out so good. I love cabbage and it was so easy to make….. Thanks now im a believer Divas Can Cook!

  81. I love the cabbage it was so easy and it taste so much better, this is the recipe I use when i do my cabbage.

  82. This is a great recipe. Mine turned out delish!!! Thank you….

  83. I remember growing up my mom used to fry it too!! but she would fry it in bacon grease! (so unhealthy but oh so good) lol

  84. Thanks Diva….just made this dish and it turn out wonderful. I added the garlic, green onions and red pepper flakes….Yummo!!

  85. I made this for Christmas Eve so the flavors can sit overnight for Christmas and I just had to taste it. OMG this is the best yet simplest recipe for cabbage greens and they are so good!!!!!

  86. I made this Sunday, and it was so good. The flavor was amazing the chicken broth is the ky.

  87. Yummy! I bet fried cabbage is so good!

  88. I do a stir-fry and then add the chicken broth. Good stuff!

  89. I love cabbage. My mother fries it and OMG is it good.

    Peace, Love and Chocolate

    • I wish I could meet you for a hug because you really know your business, this cabbage was so good I could not help myself. God Bless you for posting this recipe.

      Thank You
      Frank Williams

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