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southern soul food cooked cabbage in a large pot with a wooden spoon

Southern Cooked Cabbage Recipe

This Southern Cooked Cabbage Recipe is made on the stove using butter, bacon or sausage, and garlic for immense flavor. This is the best soul food dish to serve for weeknight meals, holidays, or Sunday dinners.
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine soul food, Southern
Keyword soul food cabbage recipe, Southern cabbage, Southern style cabbage
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 179kcal


  • 1 head fresh cabbage Mine weighed about 3 pounds
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6-7 ounces smoked sausage Sliced into rounds I use andouille.
  • 2 garlic cloves Minced
  • 1 1/2 cups broth Chicken, beef, or vegetable is fine. I used chicken.
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Slice the cabbage in half to create 2 portions. Slice the core/stem out of both. Then slice each piece in half. You should have 4 smaller chunks of cabbage. From there, slice each into smaller strips.
  • Place a Dutch oven or large pot on medium-high heat.
  • Add the butter and sliced sausage. Cook for 3-4 minutes until both sides are cooked through.
  • Add in the garlic and stir.
  • Add the sliced cabbage and broth. The cabbage will take up most of the room of the pot. It will wilt down when it cooks.
  • Cover the pot and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 15-30 minutes. The cook time will vary based on how tender you like your cabbage. I like mine really tender, but not mushy. This takes 25-30 minutes. If you like for the cabbage to have some firmness and a bite, you can cook it for 15 minutes. Check in on it often (if it’s your first time making the recipe) and adjust accordingly.
  • Open the pot. Season with salt and pepper. Taste repeatedly and adjust as necessary. Serve when cool.



  • I like to use chicken sausage in this recipe. Use whatever you prefer.
  • You can omit the sausage or substitute it for bacon, turkey bacon, etc if you wish.
  • You can double or triple the recipe by doubling, tripling the ingredients. You may need to adjust the cook time. Check in frequently and use your judgment.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g