Simple Fried Cabbage

Fried red cabbage in a skillet

Simple Fried Cabbage

This Simple Fried Cabbage goes perfectly with our Bangers & Mash with Onion Gravy recipe, but will go with many other pork or duck entrées as well. I have to give my hubby credit for this one. He suggested it and created this recipe based on what his mother used to cook. I did not grow up eating Simple Fried Cabbage. My mother used to boil it (I think). It smelled awful and just wasn’t my thing. To be fair, I was kid and very picky. 

Bangers & Mash with Fried Reg Cabbage, sprinkled with parsley and a nutcracker that looks like a chef in the foreground.

Irish… Polish… They both end in “ish”.

Pepé is about to flip out. He wants to know why am I pairing a polish style Fried Cabbage instead of an Irish Style Cabbage like this one. Because my husband has Polish heritage and he’s helping me cook. When he has a plan, it usually goes well, so I trust him, plus I’ve eaten it… and he’s right.  They don’t call America a melting pot for nothing. #winning


Can I use green cabbage instead?

Yes. Absolutely, but it looks prettier with the purple cabbage and tastes the same to me. I’ve done both. People tend to eat things that are prettier on the plate. Colorful plates are more appetizing. #eattherainbow

Overhead view of Irish style sausages (bangers) in an iron skillet, mashed potatoes (mash) in a saucepan, a small white gravy boat filled with onion gravy and a nutcracker who looks like a chef in the center.
Here I used green cabbage and a smaller Irish style sausage that I found at Costco. I can only find them near St. Patrick’s Day. They are much shorter, so if you use them, double up on the amount of sausages you use for this recipe.
Fried red cabbage in a skillet with a nutcracker that looks like a chef in the foreground.

Simple Fried Cabbage

Stacey Mincoff
5 from 1 vote
Cuisine Polish
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 121 kcal


  • 1 Medium Red Cabbage green will work as well
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil bacon grease will work too
  • 1/4 Cup Raw Sugar or regular white sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Slice your cabbage into quarters, then into strips. Heat large skillet on med/high then add oil or fat to the pan. Once that is hot, add your cabbage, vinegar, water, sugar and some salt. Cook for about 10 minutes stirring constantly until it starts to brown a little and reduce. You want it to stay a little crisp, so don’t cook it until it’s mushy. Taste and season more if needed.


Calories: 121kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 40mgPotassium: 354mgFiber: 3gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 1561IUVitamin C: 80mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 1mg
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1 thought on “Simple Fried Cabbage”

  • 5 stars
    It’s actually my recipe and my wife has perfected it! Yum! Try it, it’s just simple great food!

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