Luby’s Skillet Cabbage

Luby’s Skillet Cabbage is some of the best southern smothered cabbage. Cabbage is cooked perfectly tender with bacon, and some fresh tomatoes to make the perfect keto-friendly side dish.

skillet cabbage with bacon on a white platter

So often I think cabbage is the forgotten vegetable. It is inexpensive and can be bitter if not cooked right. It isn’t hard to cook cabbage. I want you to show you how you can prepare cooked cabbage that people will ask you for your cabbage skillet recipe.

Luby’s is known for its great-tasting side dishes, and this skillet cabbage is no exception. So the next time there is a big sale on cabbage be sure to pick up a few extra heads of cabbage and enjoy this dish.

Why is this dish called skillet cabbage?

This cabbage side dish is often made in a cast-iron skillet.

Ingredients for Luby’s Skillet Cabbage

Here is what you need to make skillet cabbage:

  • Green cabbage
  • Bacon
  • Water
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Butter
  • Tomatoes

How to pick the perfect cabbage

When choosing your head of cabbage, be sure to pick a compact head that feels heavy for its size. The leaves should be tightly wound around. Pick one that looks crisp and fresh, with a few loose leaves. If the head of cabbage has a lot of loose leaves, it is old. Pass on any heads of cabbage that feel limp. Store your whole head of cabbage in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.

skillet cabbage with bacon ingredients
Tomatoes are in the photo for color and not in the recipe.

How to Make Skillet Cabbage

Chop cabbage and bacon. Place in a pot.

chopped green cabbage and bacon in a pan

Add water and bring to a boil.

Add salt and pepper. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Stir in butter before serving.

skillet cabbage with bacon on a white serving platter

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Luby’s Skillet Cabbage

Make Luby's Skillet Cabbage at home. 
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Luby's Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 165kcal


  • 1 large green cabbage
  • 6 ounces bacon cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter


  • Remove the cabbage core and discard the core.
  • Slice the cabbage into 1 to 2-inch pieces; you should have approximately 12 cups.
  • In a very large skillet saute bacon over medium heat until it has cooked half way. Do not drain the grease.
  • Add cabbage to the skillet, and add 1 1/2 cups of water to the skillet.
  • Place a lid over the pot. It may not fit all of the way, that's ok. the cabbage will cook down.
  • After 10 minutes add the chopped tomato, pepper, and salt. Reduced the heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes.


Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 501mg | Potassium: 307mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 57.1mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 0.8mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Texan

    To those of you talking about cast iron skillets and so on, have any of you considered that THIS IS THE WAY LUBY’S DOES IT? This is not how your grandmother always did it, this is how Luby’s does it. Do you actually think that the employees at Luby’s are back there with cast iron skillets frying bacon? No, they take bacon, cabbage, salt, and pepper, throw it into one of those big restaurant warmer thingies, and boil it until done. So if you want it done like Luby’s, this is the way you replicate it at home.
    Don’t come to copycat recipes to find your grandmother’s recipes, unless your grandmother worked at Luby’s.

      • Marie

        We love you Stephanie! Thanks for this recipe! You can’t help the name of it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Geeeze! People are critical!

    • LL

      TEXAN: You don’t know Luby’s (a family-owned, Texas company)! They have been famous for generations in that they prepare their dishes in
      ” holiday, family-sized ” portions. The pans they serve from will serve 10-12 guests. They turn them over constantly. This accounts for their signature freshness!

  2. Tom

    No cast iron skillet. No frying. This is boiled cabbage done the way my grandmother did it (sometimes used country ham) generations before there was a Luby’s.

    • Tom

      Lots of fresh or home canned veggies. Lots of pork (butchered and cured right there). Fresh eggs. Grits. Relishes. Homemade rolls every night – I occasionally use her go-to recipe.

  3. E.

    Stephanie, “my” Stephanie (daughter) also takes issue with your “non-fried” recipe! We have been eating at Luby’s for decades here in Dallas, TX and that is one of her favorite dishes.

    I do have to compliment you on your gracious replies to comments from others.

    • stephaniemanley

      Yes removed the word “fried cabbage” from the title. This is what I had always referred to as “fried cabbage” in this instance I must be from another planet, maybe even a different universe.

      I think this the preparation will give you a fairly decent interpretation of the recipe.

      None the less I hope you enjoy it.

  4. lubys employee

    the real recipe is:
    1 gallon of chopped green cabbage
    1/2 cup cooked bacon pieces
    1/4 cup bacon fat
    1/2 tablespoon salt
    1/2 tablespoon pepper

    blanch cabbage in 185 degree water for 4 minutes. meanwhile, heat skillet over high heat. add bacon and bacon fat. After cabbage is tender, drain and add to skillet. remove skillet from heat and quickly add salt and pepper. stir thoroughly for 1 minute. done.

    • Barbara Merrill

      I love cabbage any way you cook it. My mom just use to boil it with ham hocks and salt and pepper, we ate it over rice. I have fired it with bacon and onions love it. I have cut it into quarters taking out the core and boiled it with salt until done then drain it and put it into baking dish, put a lot of real butter on it and cover it with cheese and bake it until the cheese has melted, I just love it too.

    • Amelia L Adair

      That is how I make my fried cabbage. I do start it off boiled then after 4-5 minutes I put it in a pan of bacon grease and fry it! Ever try to fry cabbage before blanching it in hot boiling water? It can have a very hard texture…I like y cabbage tender!

  5. J'Marinde Shephard

    I’m a bit new to this, but where’s the “fried” part? After reading all the comments here, I would add in a med onion chopped with the boil, then after 30 mins, strain all — reserve any juice to drink when cool – – put all into a frying pan, if nec, add a bit of oil – – something plain, like peanut oil, and fry just a bit to caramelize a little, then add the butter (for me dairy free margarine) and serve.

  6. Willa

    In all my 80 yrs. of living, I have never heard anything so ridiculous as calling plain ole boiled cabbage, FRIED!!! For those of you who would like to know how to fry cabbage, just fry up some salt pork until it nice and crispy. Remove it from pan and fry your cabbage in the pork grease. When done, put in the serving bowl and sprinkle the fried salt pork on the top as a garnish. That’s all there is to it. Been doing it for yrs

  7. Lady Patriot

    Why is this called “fried cabbage”? I see no resemblance to traditional fried cabbage. Y’all need to visit the South.

  8. RetiredOne

    I loved eating at Luby’s. It has been gone from Memphis for a long time. Does anyone have a recipe for their Waldorf Salad?

  9. Manga Bene

    Copycat recipes are always missing something or quantities are not significant to match the original, this is something you would get at St. Paddys day dinner, omit bacon and add ham, WALLA!

  10. Lea Ann

    I had never eaten at a Luby’s until on a trip down in Southern Texas. And we ended up eating there practically every night due to convenience and the nature of the trip. I wish I could remember the fish I had those nights. I loved it. I’m a cabbage fan so will be trying it Luby Style. Thanks for this Stephanie.

    • Catherine Baxter

      Lea Ann…the fish is to die for isn’t it? There is a Luby cook book…all the favorites (including the fish) in that but it sold out and is out of print and hard to find. Sometimes on amazon..but pricey. The fish were made baked (not fried) and the coating was crushed corn flakes. That’s about all I remember but maybe the Luby employee who posted the cabbage recipe can help.

  11. JetfireK

    Cabbage, tablespoon of bacon grease, layer of cabbage layer of sliced onions, salt pepper, put in microwave, no water, no butter…five minutes at a time stir…delicious…cook to desired “crunch” or no crunch….

  12. CJ

    just an FYI – on emails (or at least mine) your photo covers up some of the words that you start you newsletter with. Though you would like to know. CJ

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