Fried cabbage and potatoes are one of my all time favorite dishes to serve, especially for New Year's lunch. Cooked in bacon drippings, cabbage and potatoes are fried together, quickly in a few seasonings making this super simple to make.
Grandmas all over the south have prepared this dish without fail for any occasion. I remember my grandma making it too.
It's another great dish for St. Patrick's Day.
❤️ Why you'll love it
- It uses inexpensive ingredients - which is great in todays economy.
- It's traditional. Eating Fried Cabbage and Potatoes is a New Years Day traditional side dish.
- It's super simple to make and it's true comfort food.
- This dish is full of vitamin b.
- Green Cabbage
- Yukon Gold Potatoes
- Creole Seasonings
- Salt and Black Pepper
See recipe card at the bottom of this post for quantities.
- Step 1: Add the bacon to the skillet and cook until almost crispy. Remove, chop into small pieces and put to the side on some paper towels.
- Step 2: Add the chopped cabbage, potatoes, garlic and seasonings to the bacon drippings.
- Step 3: Give a good stir then cover with a lid. Cook over medium heat for 25 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Step 4: Once the potatoes have become fork tender add the bacon back to the pot and stir.
- Step 5: Serve immediately.
Hint: Don't stir too much. It's good to allow a little sticking to the bottom. Those little dark pieces really add some good flavor. At the end scrape them up and stir in.
🔄 Substitutions and Variations
- Olive Oil - instead of cooking in the bacon drippings. It won't taste as good though, trust me.
- Russet Potatoes - instead of gold potatoes.
- Corned Beef - add some corned beef. Then we're really turning it into an Irish dish.
- Yellow Onion - add some chopped yellow onion.
- Red Cabbage - try this instead of the green cabbage. It won't have the same lucky meaning though for the new years tradition.
- Chicken Broth - add a little chicken broth.
- Red Pepper Flakes - for added heat.
- Onion Powder - for a little extra seasoning.
- Leftover Ham - use this instead of the bacon.
- Cumin Seeds - some people use this, just a little for a little different taste.
- Caraway Seeds - another little variation people like.
- Apple Cider Vinegar - to help with acidity.
- Garlic Powder - for some added flavor.
- Sugar - add a pinch of sugar.
- Green Onions - add some chopped green onions at the end.
- Fresh Herbs - for another level of flavor.
- Sour Cream - add a little sour cream for some richness.
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I only use a nice big skillet (I have an affiliate link in the recipe card below).
A cast iron skillet would be great for this too. You need to be able to cover the pot though.
📘 More Great New Years Day Recipes
- Southern Black Eyed Peas and Collard Greens
- Crock Pot Hoppin' John
- Cajun Rice Dressing
- Traditional Cabbage Rolls
Once the fried cabbage and potatoes have cooled completely store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days.
Expert Tip: Only add the salt at the end. You may find the saltiness from the bacon is enough.
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- 1 Small Head Cabbage, chopped
- 9 Slices Bacon
- 5 Medium Yukon Gold Potatoes, washed and chopped into 1" cubes
- 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
- ½ teaspoon Creole Seasoning
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ½ teaspoon Pepper
- Place the slices of bacon into a large skillet and cook until almost crispy. Remove the bacon onto paper towel lined plate but keep the grease.
- Add the chopped cabbage, potatoes and garlic along with the seasonings to the skillet with the bacon drippings.
- Give a good stir and cover with a lid. Cook about 25 minutes stirring occasionally.
- Once cooked and the potatoes are fork tender chop the bacon into bite size pieces and add to the skillet with the rest of the dish.
- Serve immediately.
I like to stir only a few times. Some of the pieces will become slightly caramelized on the bottom of the skillet and that's a good thing! Scrape it all up once done.
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Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 168Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 13mgSodium 430mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 3gSugar 2gProtein 7g