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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! 

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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. I added a couple of slices of lemon to reduce the smell of the cabbage while cooking.

  2. Thank you for the recipe, it was delicious and easy to make. I added smoked turkey legs and since I didn’t have broth I used Lipton’s French Onion Dip mix. My husband loved it, said it didn’t need hot sauce at all, lol. Can’t wait to make this for my sisters.

  3. Super easy recipe and the cabbage taste GREAT!!!!

  4. Has anyone tried without adding the butter? Have everything but the butter right now. Thanks.

  5. This is the best and easiest recipe. ..I love cabbage but never knew how to make it…now I do thanks to you!!! You Five stars…I was having difficulty hitting the last star from my cellphone☺

  6. I absolutely love this recipe!! I make it all the time!! It is the best cabbage ever!! Thank you for sharing!!

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

    • Love it, I added the sauteed garlic, onion and red pepper, yummie, next time I want to add some neck bones…thank you…

  8. 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.

  9. 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. :)

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

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

  14. 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!

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

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