Southern Style Steamed Cabbage

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My Southern Style Steamed Cabbage recipe is a family favorite in our home. Some call this a fried cabbage recipe. You can serve the cabbage with ham or sausage. For more great recipes see the Recipe Index page!

Southern Style Steamed Cabbage, southern fried cabbage, cabbage and bacon, cabbage and ham

One of my all-time favorite side dishes is steamed cabbage. It is so tender and tasty! Even if you do not like cabbage you must try this steamed cabbage recipe, it just may win you over.

I grew up in the south and any time you go to a blue plate diner you will find this dish right next to the fried okra and macaroni & cheese on the “pick your side” part of the menu. I am telling you my kids even love it and that’s big.


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How to make Steamed Cabbage

southern style cabbage

I like my fried cabbage a little less tender than some recipes. I like to still see some green in the leaves which in turn makes it not so mushy.

Even though I use ham (or bacon your choice) to flavor the cabbage, I don’t like to overpower it with the meat either. Pair this great side dish with a spiral ham and you’ve got one amazing meal.

MAKE AHEAD: Place single servings in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. 
FREEZER: Not recommended.

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Southern Style Steamed Cabbage

My Southern Style Steamed Cabbage recipe is a family favorite in our home. Some call this a fried cabbage recipe. You can serve the cabbage with ham or sausage.
4.50 from 24 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 69 kcal


  • 1 large head of cabbage rinsed
  • 1 ½ tbsp of canola oil
  • 1 ½ cups of water
  • 2-5 small pieces of cooked ham 1-2 bacon strips or Ready to Serve Real Bacon Bits
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Bring a large pot to medium heat.
  • Add the canola oil, ham, or bacon and toss together to flavor the oil and get the juices going in the meat.
  • Cut your cabbage in half and discard any damaged outer leaves.
  • Cut each half of the cabbage into 2-inch square chunks.
  • Add the cabbage to the oil and ham mixture.
  • Toss and stir the cabbage to ensure the oil is on every piece of cabbage.
  • Add water, cover, and turn the heat down to low.
  • Stir cabbage every 5 minutes until tender. About 15 minutes


The longer you steam the cabbage the more tender it will become. Enjoy!


Serving: 1cupCalories: 69kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 35mgPotassium: 257mgSugar: 5gCalcium: 62mgIron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by a nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. Values may vary depending on the brand of foods used.

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  1. Does this take a special pan?

    1. Hi Jeremy,
      I use a stockpot to make mine. A deep Frying pan would work too.

  2. I wonder if you could use a ham flavoring packet if no ham on hand?

    1. I am not sure what ham flavoring packets are. I have used large chunk bacon bits and fried them in the oil first to grab the flavor.

  3. I absolutely love cabbage! This looks delicious plus I won’t have to share it with the fam. Lol.

    1. I know I would eat it everyday, my family… not so much. Thanks Marie!

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