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! 

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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. Diane Vincent says

    I tried this recipe but I added onion and bacon bits or (bacon strips). I tried both either one is yummy. With corn bread and glass of milk. Yummy Yummy.

  2. Jennie E. says

    I really liked your recipe. I added carrots and potato to it and it all tasted great together. Thanks again!

  3. Caroline says

    Followed directions to a T… This recipe was so delicious and so simple! Thanks for the video it helped a lot!

  4. Danny says

    Best cabbage I have had in years (and I’m 62). But seriously, how can you not love the smell of cabbage boiling? I guess it’s like me and pork roast – love it but can’t stand the smell cooking!

    Thanks for the recipe. I think the chicken broth was what did it for me.

  5. MrsBratton says

    OMG!! Being from Louisiana everyone gives you the long version of all their recipes GOSH!! My family loves Cabbage but I’ve never cooked, I used your recipe 2 days ago and my 5 year old has came in everyday since asking mom you cooking Cabbage again tonight, and I will probably be cooking Cabbage at least 3-4 times a month. We absolutely LOVE this dish,

    Thanks so much I will continue to follow and if there’s a RED BEAN & RICE RECIPE please tag me in on it.

  6. says

    Good eating . Because using salted chicken broth, I cut back a little on the salt. I needn’t have bothered. I added bacon bits and a little garlic plus a about a t. spoon of green pepper cut up..

    Because I’m an ole lady, I haven’t the strength to cut out the core of the cabbage so instead, cut around it. Where I shop {Publix} they are very helpful and will cut stuff up for you but didn’t think of it in this case.

    Am thinking of sprinkling a little balsamic vinegar but it’s really delicious the way it is.
    Thanks so much for posting.

  7. Lisa says

    I added sauteed onions, red pepper flakes, garlic powder and onion powder. Let me say, it was so flavorful and delicious. My fiance said, “Lisa, you put your foot in this cabbage! ”

  8. Darnesha says

    I made this recipe today for dinner. I think I grabbed a mutated cabbage… it was HUGE, so it took a little longer to cook down.

    However, this recipe was delicious; didn’t change a thing. I used to splash hot sauce or red pepper flakes back in the day, but I couldn’t this time. It was just too darn tasty the way it was and my oldest son loved it. My youngest, not so much…he’d rather eat Teddy Grahams and apple juice. 😉

    Thanks for sharing!

  9. Shennita says

    Southern Cabbage was quick and easy. My husband usually like it with smoked meat but he enjoyed this dish without it. Lots of flavor. Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

  10. Laurie Plumb says

    I have been looking for an easy but tasty way to fix cabbage for years! I tried this recipe today and I love it! I had no idea I could cook cabbage so easily, but have it taste so good. I will be buying and cooking cabbage a lot from now on. Thank you for your recipes!

  11. mallory says

    I LOVED using this recipe for my traditional new year’s day cabbage! My family always used just water but the chicken broth makes it really good. I cut up and fried five pieces of bacon, poured it in the pot with drippings, added the olive oil, butter, salt, pepper, one can chicken broth, and Tony’s instead of season salt. Then I let it come to a boil before adding the cut up cabbage. I like mine really soft, so I do double (sometimes triple) the simmer time, but you can do no wrong with this recipe…longer or shorter it’s good no matter what!

  12. Wanda says

    I am 51 years old and have not eaten cabbage cooked like this since I was a little girl when my mom fixed it quite often. So this is also the first time I have ever cooked cabbage! This recipe is AMAZING! Cabbage will be on my grocery list all the time now. Not time I will add the things you suggested and some smoked sausage. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Your next recipe I am trying is your creamy, crunchy and perfectly seasoned coleslaw. Can’t wait!

  13. Kay says

    This recipe is very easy and delicious! I used the broth from the smoked turkey wings and ground garlic pepper, garlic, sautéed onions, and crushed red pepper! Awesome awesome awesome!!!

  14. says

    This is a great recipe, I added cayenne pepper and turkey bacon and a green pepper cut up with some Italian seasoning; I didn’t have fresh thyme. Thank you so much, it is my second time trying it. Super simple.

    • Brenda Ortiz says

      I loved it even more with the Italian seasoning, bell peppers, thyme, and cayenne pepper. I added the broth from the chicken I’d baked it was delicious. This was already a great cabbage recipe but the add ons took it to another level.

  15. Kim Clay says

    This recipe helped alot. My husband and my kids loved it! I used cream of chicken in place of chicken broth and added 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper and a few drops of lemon juice

    • Cookie says

      I was looking for a way to cook cabbage that had a lot of flavor. We loved this recipe! I used more chicken broth but it was the Progresso brand Tuscany flavored broth. De-lish Dish!

    • shama turrentine says

      This was my second time making cabbage, and this was absolutely delish!!! My family loved it!! My uncle even said he tasted better than his wife’s cabbage(lol-we still love u auntie) The chicken broth set it off!!!!! Thanks Diva’s can cook for this simple,yet stunning recipe! God Bless You!!

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