Looking for a delicious and easy-to-prepare side dish for your New Year’s menu? Look no further than Vegan Southern Fried Cabbage! You can make this flavorful meatless variation of a Southern classic dish by sautéing and stewing cabbage with onion, garlic, and herbs in vegetable broth. I decided to take this dish to another level by adding 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.

For more vegan cabbage recipes, check out my Detox Cabbage Soup, Jamaican Steamed Cabbage, Curry Cabbage, and Roasted Cabbage Steaks.

for even more delicious and nutritious meal ideas. Plus, cabbage is high in fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants, making it a great addition to any diet.



Vegan Southern Fried Cabbage

For the 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. It is quite easy to remain a vegan… with all these delicious recipes, 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.

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

Why You’ll Love This Southern Fried Cabbage

  • Flavorful and satisfying: This recipe offers the rich and savory flavors of the classic Southern dish without using meat.
  • Easy preparation: It’s a simple and straightforward recipe that doesn’t require extensive cooking skills, making it accessible for both beginners and experienced cooks.
  • Nutrient-packed: Cabbage is a nutritious vegetable high in fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants, providing you with a healthy and satisfying meal.
  • Versatile: This dish can be served as a side or a main course, making it suitable for various meal plans and occasions.
  • Economical: Cabbage is an affordable ingredient, making this recipe a budget-friendly option.

Ingredients Needed

  • Olive oil is used to sauté the onions and garlic, providing a base for the flavors in the dish.
  • Onion: Adding a savory and aromatic base to the recipe enhances the overall taste.
  • Garlic infuses the dish with a rich and aromatic flavor.
  • Dried thyme provides an earthy, herby note that complements the other seasonings.
  • Cabbage is the main ingredient, offering a hearty and slightly sweet taste, along with a satisfying crunch.
  • Smoked paprika adds a smoky and slightly spicy flavor to the cabbage, enhancing its depth.
  • Onion powder boosts the onion flavor in the dish and contributes to the overall seasoning.
  • Garlic powder complements the fresh garlic, intensifying the garlic notes in the recipe.
  • Cayenne pepper: It brings a touch of heat and spice, balancing the flavors.
  • Vegetable broth provides moisture and depth of flavor, helping to stew the cabbage to tenderness.
  • Salt enhances the overall taste and helps to season the cabbage and other ingredients.
  • Vegan coconut bacon adds a smoky and crispy texture, contributing a bacon-like flavor to the dish without using animal products.
Southern Fried Cabbage

How To Make Vegan Southern Style Cabbage

  1. Slice the cabbage and set it aside. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and thyme, and sauté until the 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 the cabbage is tender. 
  4. Stir in the coconut bacon and serve.

Expert Tips

  • When adding the seasonings (smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and salt), start with the quantities mentioned in the recipe. You can adjust the spice level to your preference, but it’s easier to add more later than to correct it if it becomes too spicy.
  • When adding the vegetable broth, use a lid to cover the skillet. This helps trap moisture, allowing the cabbage to soften as it cooks. Check on it occasionally to prevent it from sticking or burning.
  • To achieve the ideal texture, cook the cabbage until it’s tender but still has a slight crispness. Overcooking can lead to mushy cabbage, which is less appealing.
  • Stir in the vegan coconut bacon toward the end of cooking, just before serving. This keeps it crispy and prevents it from getting too soft or losing its smoky flavor.

Substitutions and Variations

If you enjoy extra heat, increase the amount of cayenne pepper or add red pepper flakes to make the dish spicier.

Enhance the nutritional value by adding other vegetables like bell peppers, carrots, or collard greens to the dish. These additions can provide extra color and flavor.

Most traditional recipes use Cajun seasoning, but I basically made my own blend with a combination of garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and thyme. You can use a store-bought Cajun seasoning if you prefer.

Storage Tips

Refrigerator: To store Vegan Southern Fried Cabbage, allow it to cool to room temperature before refrigerating in an airtight container. Eat within 3–4 days for the best quality.

Freezer: Place the cooled cabbage in an airtight, freezer-safe container or bag. Leave some room for expansion to avoid container damage. Seal tightly, removing excess air. Store in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.

Reheat: When ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat on the stove or in the microwave.

Serving Suggestions

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.

Recipe FAQs

What can I use as a substitute for coconut bacon if I can’t find it or prefer a different option?

You can replace coconut bacon with other vegan bacon alternatives, like tempeh bacon, tofu bacon, or commercially available plant-based bacon.

How should I store fresh cabbage before using it in the recipe?

Store whole, uncut cabbage in the refrigerator. Place it in a plastic bag or wrap it in plastic wrap to prevent moisture loss and keep it fresh.

Can I use red cabbage instead of green cabbage in this recipe?

Yes, you can substitute red cabbage for green cabbage. It will change the color of the dish but offer a slightly different flavor and texture.

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Vegan Southern Fried Cabbage

Vegan Southern Fried Cabbage

Vegan Southern Fried Cabbage is a flavorful meatless version of the Southern Classic dish. It is easy to prepare using a combination of sautéing and stewing cabbage with onion, garlic, and herbs in a vegetable broth.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cabbage, soul, southern
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 70kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 medium cabbage chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/4 cup vegan coconut bacon see recipe


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


Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 494mg | Potassium: 297mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 310IU | Vitamin C: 57mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1mg