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boiled cabbage on top of mashed potatoes on a light blue plate

Boiled cabbage

Simple Southern boiled cabbage that will turn cabbage haters into cabbage lovers.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword boiled cabbage, southern
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Author Tara Buss


  • 1 medium sized cabbage cut into bite sized chunks
  • 2 tbsp bacon grease
  • 1 tsp sea salt or to taste
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • water chicken broth, or a combination of both


  • In a large pot, add enough water/broth to fill the pot half way.
  • Turn heat to medium high and let the water/broth come to a boil.
  • Add the bacon grease, salt, and cabbage to the water and bring to a low boil.
  • Cover with a lid and let lightly boil for 20 minutes; stirring occasionally. You’ll want to taste test for doneness. I like my cabbage to be pretty soft but it’s a personal preference.


Most Southerners I know also add a pinch of sugar.  I try not to eat too much sugar, but if you feel something is missing, feel free to add a bit.