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Fried Cabbage with Apples and Onions

A simple, nourishing, and flavorful side dish is ready in just minutes thanks to this Fried Cabbage with Apples and Onion!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cabbage recipe, side dish, vegetable side dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 118kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 apple, coarsely grated
  • ½ head of green cabbage, thinly sliced (about 3 – 4 cups)
  • 1 small Vidalia onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Dash of ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  • Melt butter in a large skillet. Add apples, cabbage, onion, salt, nutmeg, vinegar, and sugar; sauté over medium-high heat until tender (about 12-15 minutes). Season with salt and pepper, to taste.


Have leftovers? The cabbage refrigerates well and can be microwaved to warm and serve again at another meal.
Cooking Just for Two? You can cut the ingredients in half and prepare a smaller skillet to serve just 2 people. The cooking instructions remain the same.
  • This is obviously a recipe for Southern Fried Cabbage without bacon. I've used butter as the fat for cooking the cabbage in the skillet. However, bacon pairs beautifully with these ingredients and can be included in the recipe if you like! Dice a few slices of bacon and brown them in the skillet before you add the vegetables. Instead of using 2 tablespoons of butter for frying, cut the butter back to 1 tablespoon and leave the bacon drippings in the skillet for flavorful cooking fat.
  • You can shred the cabbage as thinly as you like. I've left it fairly coarse here for nice texture, but if you use a very thinly sliced cabbage, you will likely need to decrease the cooking time.
  • Want a shortcut? Grab a bag of coleslaw mix from the produce section. You need about 3-4 cups of shredded cabbage altogether.


Serving: 1/4 of the recipe | Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 363mg | Potassium: 281mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 310IU | Vitamin C: 45.7mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 0.6mg