Fried Cabbage and Ham

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I know, fried cabbage and ham. Not too exciting, right?? ;)

But I’m telling you, this is good stuff.
I had it at Whole Foods and had to come home and recreate it.
The girl who made it was actually kind enough to tell me how. (it’s super simple!)

Best fried cabbage and ham ever.

Fried Cabbage and Ham - SO DELICIOUS AND HEALTHY - #cabbage #healthyrecipe

And simple! Like I mentioned. (which are my favorite kinds of recipes ;) )

You can use bacon or sliced ham. I like using a small ham steak, diced.
Fry the diced ham up first. (with olive oil and butter)
Once it’s browned, add the chopped cabbage and onion.

I was in a hurry and threw it all in together.
You can do it that way too but I really like it a bit better if I brown the ham a little first.

Fried Cabbage and Ham - just put in the pan - foodiechicksrule #cabbage #healthyrecipe

Continue cooking until it’s cooked down and a bit browned.

Fried Cabbage and Ham - in the pan - foodiechicksrule #cabbage #healthyrecipe

You can see it’s cooked down quite a bit here but it’s still not done.
This dish needs to cook and cook. The more it cooks, the more those flavors soften and combine.

It should end up looking like below…

Fried Cabbage and Ham - SO GOOD AND SO GOOD FOR YOU #cabbage #healthyrecipe

Once done, serve warm and enjoy!

Southern Style Fried Cabbage & Ham, so good!! (and easy!!) #friedcabbageandham #cabbageandham #southernfood

This truly is so delicious. I can eat it all by itself!

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Southern Style Fried Cabbage & Ham, so good!! (and easy!!) #friedcabbageandham #cabbageandham #southernfood

I hope you like the Fried Cabbage and Ham as much as we do!

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Fried Cabbage and Ham

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  • 1 head of cabbage (chopped into bite size pieces)
  • 1 large sweet onion (chopped into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 small ham steak (diced)
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T butter
  • salt and pepper (to taste (I like a good bit of pepper in mine))


  1. Chop the cabbage and onion, set aside.
  2. Dice the ham steak and brown in the pan with the olive oil and butter for 2-3 minutes on medium heat.
  3. Add the cabbage and onion to the pan and cook on medium, stirring occasionally.
  4. Cook until the cabbage is very soft and very wilted.
  5. Serve warm.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes

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  1. Sounds delicious, Nancy! I only recently learned to like cabbage, so I will have to give this one a try!

    Thank you for sharing!

    1. Oh yes, Karen, you must try it if you like cabbage!! It is so good. (very mild and full of flavor…not too cabbage-y at all!)

  2. Wow–so great! My husband loves cabbage, so thought I’d make it, and ended up loving it! So simple! Thank you!

  3. I love fried cabbage. Well, I love cabbage all kinds of ways. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Giving it 5 stars just for reminding me that this is such a quick and easy dish to make!

    I add Bragg’s ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother) to my fried cabbage once it is on my own plate.

    OMGoodness, it doesn’t get any better than that.

    1. Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed this Shirley! :) Hope you like the sweet potatoes, too. Those are a favorite of ours! xoxo

  4. Love this! I added some grated carrot for a little color. Also splashed a bit of organic vinegar, with the mother, on the finished dish. Yummy!

    1. Oh, yes, those were probably great additions Maureen! :) So glad you enjoyed, thanks for letting me know. xoxo

  5. I made this last night and my husband loved it. I added a couple of potatoes and a Scotch bonnet pepper with it. My husband ate 3 bowls. Thanks for this delicious recipe. I will be making this again.

  6. My family loves this! We add shrimp, sliced sausage and Cajun seasoning sometimes too. Even people who think they don’t like cabbage, like this dish.

    1. I’m so happy to hear this, Amanda! Thanks for letting me know and also for the ideas for more yummy additions too! :) xo

  7. Loved it! All of us…quick and easy to make. Husband added mustard… delicious! Called it my “Poor Man’s Meal!”

    1. Average sized head is what I use. (not huge, not tiny) It really will be okay either way though as it is very adaptable.

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