Vegan Southern Fried Cabbage

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Vegan Southern Fried Cabbage is a flavorful meatless version of the Southern Classic dish. It is easy to prepare using a combination of sauteing and stewing cabbage with onion, garlic, and herbs in a vegetable broth.

Vegan Southern Fried Cabbage

This Southern Fried Cabbage recipe is the perfect side for your New Year’s menu because it not only tastes delicious but it is very easy to prepare. I decided to take this dish to another level by adding some homemade Coconut Bacon.

I’m crazy about cabbage and I love to include it in my meal planning, it is not only nutritious but it is very economical and versatile, check out my Detox Cabbage Soup, Jamaican Steamed Cabbage, Curry Cabbage, and Roasted Cabbage Steaks recipes.

Vegan Southern Fried Cabbage

For many people who are transitioning to a vegan diet this New Year,

I wanted to help make this transition as easy as possible with the same familiar tastes and textures and for them to see that it is quite easy to remain a vegan with all these delicious recipes that you won’t even miss the meat.

They are all so flavorful and will be a big hit when you serve these recipes to your family and friends.

Southern Fried Cabbage

How To Make Fried Cabbage

  1. Slice cabbage and set aside. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and thyme and saute until onion is soft.
  2. Stir in the cabbage, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and salt. 
  3. Add vegetable broth, cover and allow to cook for 10 minutes or until cabbage is tender. 
  4. Stir in coconut bacon and serve.

What To Serve With Your Vegan Southern Fried Cabbage?

My vegan Southern fried cabbage turned out amazing and I served it with my Southern Black-Eyed Peas and Corn Muffins, what a mouthwatering treat it was. Most traditional recipes use Cajun seasoning,

I basically made my own blend with a combination of garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and thyme.

Cabbage has lots of nutrients, it is high in fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. Check out the amazing health benefits of cabbage!

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(Per portion)
  • Energy: 109 kcal / 456 kJ
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Carbs: 12 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 15 min
  • Cooking: 15 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • For:
  • 6 Servings



  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, thyme and cook until onion is soft about 2 minutes. Stir in cabbage, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and salt
  2. Add vegetable broth, cover and cook for 10 minutes or until cabbage is soft. Add coconut bacon and serve.


Southern Fried Cabbage

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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. karen
    January 5, 2021

    Outstanding and healthy! I served with buttered rice!

  2. Kim
    December 21, 2020


  3. Stephanie Van Orden
    August 27, 2020


  4. helen moore
    August 13, 2020

    Can you make this with any type of cabbage?

  5. Judy L Coe
    July 10, 2020

    My husband and I got back from a hike and we were starving. I had a cabbage and found this recipe. It’s the fastest I’ve ever made cabbage and it’s delicious! I didn’t use the oil or the coconut bacon, but I’d love to try the bacon sometime.

  6. Lindsay
    May 26, 2020

    SO GOOD and flavorful. I’ve never made sautéed cabbage before so I halved the recipe in case I wasn’t a fan, but in hindsight, I wish I made more!

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      May 26, 2020

      Lindsay, I’m really happy you tried it and you are satisfied with the outcome. Thank you for sharing your feedback.

  7. Robyn Saavedra
    March 23, 2020

    Nice! Will modify this without oil adding a spoon of tahini and 2 Tbs. of shredded coconut. Looks Great!

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      March 23, 2020

      Robyn, you don’t need to add the tahini unless you want extra calcium, I recommend you saute the onion and garlic with vegetable broth and leave out the shredded coconut. It will taste great.

  8. Laurence
    January 16, 2020

    Made this last night but left out the coconut bacon. I’m not vegan or vegetarian but have been on a low carb diet for about a year and am am always looking out for exciting things to do with veg. This is simply amazing. It’s so easy to make and really tasty. It’s now firmly on my list of new sides for my BBQ meals.
    5stars from me. Sorry but my iPad won’t allow me to use the star rating.

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      January 16, 2020

      Laurence, I’m so happy you have found my recipe. I’m happy you enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing your feedback with us.

  9. Yvonne
    January 4, 2020

    Thank you for this recipe! I used it New Year’s Day and it was easy and delish!

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      January 7, 2020

      Yvonne that’s awesome, I’m so happy you enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing your feedback.

      • Tiff
        January 9, 2020

        This recipe was SO delicious. I realized I did not have vegetable broth and used 1.5 to 2 tablespoon of acv instead. Also I didn’t have coconut bacon so I sauteed Sweet Earth Hickory & Sage Flavored Benevolent Baconalong with the onions prior to adding the cabbage….DELISH! This is my new go to cabbage recipe!!!

        • Michelle Blackwood, RN
          January 9, 2020

          Tiff I’m so happy you enjoyed it, even with your adjustments. Thank you for sharing!

        • Regina Lewis
          November 1, 2020

          Yes, the benevolent and the ingredients from the coconut bacon, minus the coconut made it work perfect for me.

  10. Misty Trice
    January 1, 2020

    Thank you for helping make our New Years Day meal amazing! I am currently making this cabbage and the black eyed peas from your site are almost done. Yum!

  11. Cassandra
    December 20, 2019

    This recipe is sooo good. I was requested by my grandmother- in-love to make it for Christmas. That is a testament to the goodness of the dish!!

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      December 20, 2019

      Oh wow, this is amazing to read. I’m so happy your grandmother approved it! Thank you for sharing your feedback.

  12. Betty
    December 19, 2019

    I made this recipe yesterday and it was very good. I did not use the oil and it tasted fine without it.

  13. Jessica R.
    December 4, 2019

    I made this using tempeh bacon & it’s delicious, thanks!

  14. Alocasia
    November 16, 2019

    Absolutely delcious. Thanks.

  15. Von
    November 3, 2019

    Sensational 5 star recipe

  16. Debg
    July 21, 2019

    I tried this recipe. It was great. I did not have thyme. I used Italian seasoning instead. It was still great!

  17. Elizabeth
    May 28, 2019

    Made this tonight with seitan. Very good! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Diane
    April 3, 2019

    Hi Michelle. I love your recipes, but unfortunately I am unable to use most of them because of your use of oil. I grew up eating foods with oil cooked with everything, but I am no longer using oils to prepare my food. Would be really nice if you could include recipes that are oil-free, or ways to adjust your recipes to make them tasty, but oil-free. Keep up the great work! Thank you.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      April 3, 2019

      Hello Diane, I appreciate your comment. It is very easy to cook without oil, saute your chopped onion and garlic with water or vegetable broth. All the savory dishes in my cookbook was done with the adjustment so I highly recommend you purchase a copy from here if you like the ebook or on Amazon for the printed copy. I have been on and off an oil-free diet myself so I understand. I will try to do a post about how to cook without oil for savory and sweet recipes.

    • Sherelle Anderson
      September 8, 2019

      I just made this with a smoky tempeh bacon and oh my it’s AMAZING! THANK YOU!

  19. Sabrina
    February 23, 2019

    Making this for the second time, along with your southern black eyed peas. Your entire site is amazing!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      February 23, 2019

      Thank you Sabrina, I’m so happy you enjoyed them. I appreciate your feedback.

  20. Lila
    February 1, 2019

    Great easy recipe! Loved it vegan style with coconut oil!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      February 1, 2019

      Lila, thank you for your feedback, I’m happy you enjoyed it.

  21. Ida Moser
    December 17, 2018

    This recipe is incredibly tasty and easy to put together. I added 2 links of ‘Beyond Meat’ Brat sausage for added protein and in place of the coconut bacon. This was a huge hit and I will definitely make it again!

  22. Michelle Miranda
    November 30, 2018

    I literally can’t stop making this since discovering it two weeks ago! All four of my very picky young daughters loved it too. I’d love to see complete vegan/GF menu suggestions by you. I’m very impressed ❤️

    • Michelle Blackwood
      December 5, 2018

      Michelle, I’m so happy you enjoyed it. Thank you for your feedback. Another reader asked me also to do menu suggestions. Great idea.

  23. Scott
    November 12, 2018

    Made recipe without the coconut bacon and it was awesome. Great job!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      November 12, 2018

      Thank you Scott, I’m so happy you enjoyed it.

  24. Keith R Colegrove
    November 1, 2018

    Everything looks great just becoming vegetarian and trying as much as possible to get to vegan.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      November 1, 2018

      Thank you very much Keith, so happy you are here and hope you enjoy my recipes!

  25. Judy
    September 29, 2018

    I’m allergic to coconut. Will this affect the flavor in the recipe?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      September 30, 2018

      Judy, leave it out. It will taste great.

  26. Judith
    March 7, 2018

    Can you please tell me what coconut bacon is..

  27. Ruth
    January 11, 2018

    Oh my this is amazing!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 11, 2018

      Thank you for your feedback Ruth!

  28. Lindsey
    January 8, 2018

    Fascinating recipes on your site. Have you constructed an up to date complete index of all your recipes and is there a “search”button somewhere?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 8, 2018

      Thank you Lindsey, my webdeveloper takes care of all the technical stuff, I will ask him

  29. Susan Mastin
    January 7, 2018

    Please include a “Print OPTION” . THANK YOU !!!! I print off recipe and then shop and prepare from that recipe. I am new at the internet source. Thank you from my heart!!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 7, 2018

      Susan, my web developer has the upgraded site with the print button, he is just doing the final touches. Excited for the upgrade so I can better serve my readers.