Smothered Cabbage Recipe

Cabbage is one of my all time favorite vegetables! Not just because it’s absolutely delicious. But, it’s also inexpensive and extremely simple to prepare. I love to smother it until it literally melts in your mouth! But, others prefer a bit of a crunch and that’s cool too. Cooking time all depends on your preference in texture.

I can’t stress the importance of rinsing your produce enough. I don’t care how clean your local markets are, you need to make sure you cleanse veggies well! Rinse with water after chopping to ensure that you’re not just washing the outer layer. We want to thoroughly rinse. No soap needed. Just cool water. Toss it in a colander to drain.

Now, chopping and slicing your cabbage it’s up to you. Some like to shred the cabbage. I prefer to roughly chop it into about 1/2 to 1 inch pieces. Again, it’s all up to you.

I use chicken or beef sausage in my cabbage as my family and I do not eat pork. But, bacon and pork sausage are the traditional, southern pairing for smothered cabbage. Use your favorite.

Also, cabbage releases its own water during the smothering process. You really don’t need to add any extra. I add a little bit just to get the party started, you know? I don’t use chicken stock or broth. But, hey, it wouldn’t hurt if you did instead of the water.

Easy, right? Let me warn you now. You’ll crave this often! But, the ease of preparation makes my Smothered Cabbage a craving that’s you can satisfy with ease. Don’t forget the cornbread!

Happy Cooking,
B. Coop

Smothered Cabbage Recipe


  • 1 head cabbage chopped and rinsed
  • 1 lb sausage or bacon
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 TBS butter
  • 1 TBS onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Cajun or creole seasoning to taste


  1. Spray a large stock pot or Dutch oven with nonstick cooking spray
  2. Add in the sausage or bacon and fry until drippings are released
  3. Add in the onion and sauté until lighting browned
  4. Pack the cabbage into the pot.*
  5. Pour the water in and lower the heat to medium.
  6. Cover the pot with the lid and allow the cabbage to smother for 20 minutes.
  7. Now, add in the onion and garlic powders, Cajun seasoning, and butter.
  8. Stir.
  9. Cover the pot again and continue to cook on medium low until the cabbage is as tender as desired.
  10. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*If it doesn’t fit, place the lid on the pot, lower the heat to medium, and allow the cabbage to whither down for 2-3 mins until you can pack the rest of the cabbage in.