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Fried cabbage and bacon recipe

Fried cabbage and bacon recipe

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Cabbage and onions, cooked in bacon fat, and served with a splash of cider vinegar – not exactly healthy, but very tasty!

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IngredientsServes: 6

  • 3 slices back bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 small cabbage, cut into thin wedges
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

MethodPrep:5min ›Cook:20min ›Ready in:25min

  1. Cook the chopped bacon in a large frying pan over medium heat until cooked. Remove bacon, and set aside.
  2. Cook onion in the hot bacon fat until tender. Add cabbage, stir in water and add pinch of sugar, salt and pepper. Cook until cabbage wilts, about 15 minutes. Stir in bacon. Splash with vinegar before serving.

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Reviews & ratingsAverage global rating:(900)

Reviews in English (679)

We used a big enough cabbage but between four of us, we would have eaten a lot more. I used 2 onions (one red, one brown) and left out the sugar and it was delicious. I'll definitely make it again.-11 Feb 2014

by rowdy

OMG Jen - Thank you so much. This review is from a person who had to go outside when my mom or anyone cooked cabbage! Could not stand the smell. This recipe is great. The only thing I did different and proably everyone else knew to do this - but I have never, ever cooked cabbage - I did add salt and pepper and covered it to help wilt the cabbage faster. Not for too long and when thoroughly cooked, it was still a little crisp and delicious. I loved it and my family did as well. I am 67 y/o and considered to be a good cook in my circle, but this recipe absolutely tops all of mine. Thank you so very much. A fan!-01 Jan 2006


I am not sure what those who gave the recipe "mediocre" or bad ratings were expecting. As one can see, it is a very simple recipe with a very simple result. I would not omit the vinegar, as in such a small amount compared to the volume of cabbage, i dont feel that it could be offensive. but i do think it adds a subtle and important flavor. I also suggest increasing the amount of bacon to your taste. I mean, its bacon, so the more the merrier. i used 5 slices. also, this is one of those dishes that makes for leftovers that get better and better.-23 Feb 2004

Fried Cabbage And Bacon

Get your greens the Southern way with my Fried Cabbage and Bacon recipe! Perfectly cooked cabbage & sizzled bacon make a veggie side your family will love.

My fried cabbage and bacon recipe is buttery, tender, savory, and salty!

It’s the easiest and yummiest way to eat your greens! This recipe is a snap to put together so it’s one I reach for often. It makes a great light supper or a delicious side dish that goes with almost every dinner. Most importantly, it’s a veggie even my kid’s happily chowed down.

Let’s face it: the southern side dishes are the best! Whether it’s scalloped potatoes, fluffy mashed potatoes, or savory southern style green beans, people flip for southern specialties. And why shouldn’t they? We know we’re getting home-cooked flavor — and BACON!

This fried cabbage and bacon recipe brings that southern charm — plus the ease of cooking in thirty minutes! Whip it up with your favorite potato soup or a slow-cooked roast for a southern meal your family will love.

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Fried cabbage with bacon and onions recipe

Fried Cabbage With Bacon And Onions – Salty, Sweet, Buttery, Savory, And Savory – This Irish-inspired recipe is a huge hit for the whole family!

This is my favorite cabbage and bacon recipe – super simple, easy and delicious in just one skillet – and one of the most delicious dishes you can prepare for St. Patrick’s Day celebration!

If you love cabbage and bacon (and who doesn’t like bacon?), This is the one you’ll want to eat over and over again.

Slightly sweet, slightly salty, rich in buttery and filled with crunchy bacon – this fried cabbage with bacon is sure to be your favorite easy side dish!

This keto cabbage plate is naturally low in carbs – making it a great choice for a keto diet, low-carb, paleo, and gluten-free diets.

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° 4 strips of thick bacon cut into cubes

° 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt

Cut the bacon into thick pieces, and fry until crunchy. Then removing from pan and set apart .

Heat butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat until it melts and turns into a frothy.

Add chopped onions to the pan, and cook until soft and translucent, about 4 minutes. Stirring to stop sticking .

Add garlic to the pan, and cook until fragrant and soft, about 3 minutes.

Add cabbage to a skillet and stir well until covered with butter.

Generously season the salt.

Let the cabbage halve, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally as it cooks to prevent burning and allow it to cook evenly. Add bacon to the skillet.

When cabbage loses much of its volume and begins to turn shiny, slightly translucent, and has beautiful brown bits, it is ready to serve.

How to Make the Best Bacon Fried Cabbage?

As stated above, this is one of the easiest dishes to make, and it is one of the first sides to go on the table. We love to fry the cabbage in some bacon fat as this enhances the flavor tremendously. Below you can find the easy steps on how to best make this recipe. Also, please WATCH THE RECIPE VIDEO attached above.

  • First, we cook the bacon until crisp and remove it to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Then, reserve about 2 tablespoons of the grease and saute the onions in it until soft.
  • Next, add the cabbage to it along with spices, and cook until tender.
  • Towards the end of cooking, mix in the garlic and the bacon into the cooked cabbage and then serve!

What goes with Bacon Fried Cabbage?

You can enjoy it as a full meal or side dish. It is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you&rsquore super hungry, feel free to add a couple of fried eggs or a dollop of mayo to it. It also pairs well with:


Even though a cabbage core has plenty of vitamins, it is typically tough and not optimal for eating. We usually remove it before proceeding with the recipe.

The easiest way to core it is to cut the cabbage head in half and use a knife to slice around the core to remove it.


Yes, this dish can be frozen and enjoyed later. Prior to freezing it, let the cabbage completely cool. Then, transfer it to a freezer-safe container, and freeze for up to 3 months.

To thaw, pull frozen cabbage out of the freezer and overnight it in the refrigerator.

Keto fried cabbage with crispy bacon


  • 10 oz. 280 g bacon
  • 1 lb 450 g green cabbage or pointed cabbage
  • 2 oz. 55 g butter (optional)
  • salt and pepper


Fried cabbage with bacon is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you're super hungry, feel free to add a couple of fried eggs or a dollop of mayo. Mmmmm.

You can also serve our fried cabbage as a side dish. Pair it with a main course like a juicy oven-baked chicken. A match made in heaven!

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i dont understand how this meal provides 79 grams of fat. can someone clarify this

3. Add the cabbage to the skillet along with the Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper to taste. Stir everything well. Reduce heat to medium low and cover the pan. Cook for 10 minutes, removing the lid to stir occasionally.

  • Feel free to substitute sausage for the bacon in this recipe. I&rsquove made it with sliced smoked sausage and followed the same recipe as below and it&rsquos delicious as well.
  • I like to sprinkle crushed red pepper flakes on at the end for a little heat, but this is optional!
  • Fried cabbage is perfect as a side dish, especially for a big family or potluck meal.
  • It also makes an excellent main dish when you serve it with cornbread on the side.
  • Store fried cabbage in the fridge in a tightly sealed container for up to 3-4 days.

Southern Fried Cabbage & Bacon

Amazon boxes have been coming to my house left and right! I’m sure my neighbors are wondering what the heck is going on. Well, I’m knee-deep in decorating my Woman-Cave!!

It’s not a fancy she-shed like Sheryl’s that burned down, but it’s my little magical sanctuary that I don’t have to share with anyone! I think every woman deserves a space that is just about her and is decorated with everything fun and girly.

For the past 2 weeks, this woman-cave has been my labor of love project. As soon as my husband finished putting up the drywall, painting, hardwood floors, and all the other stuff that goes into turning a cold dormer attic room into living space, I was chomping at the bit to start decorating.

I’ve decked it out in all white with a girly purple couch, crystal chandelier, fluffy white fur rug, and fresh purple tulips. Everything that makes me smile. Sometimes I go in that room and don’t want to leave. It’s so restoring & peaceful. Pics soon ok.

What does a Woman-Cave have to do with fried cabbage ? Umm…well….nothing really. It’s what I made for lunch after a long day of putting together furniture and thought ohhh, let me do a video on this real quick.

So here we are! About to make some bomb diggity cabbage overflowing with BACON!

Southern-fried cabbage with bacon is everything. It’s a quick, easy, hearty, and a delicious meal or side dish. It’s so loaded with flavor!

How does Southern Fried Cabbage taste?

Southern-fried cabbage tastes like pure contentment. It’s one of those meals that make you wanna do a happy dance when you eat it. And then relax back in your chair and say “now that’s some good eating” when you’re done and full as a tick. It’s smokey and salty from all that bacon, it has pops of sweetness from those caramelized onions, a little bit of heat from the red pepper flakes and black pepper, and tons of savoriness from garlic and butter. It’s sooooo good!

What goes good with fried cabbage?

Southern fried cabbage with bacon is a hearty enough meal to serve as it! Add a side of cornbread and ice tea for an amazing meal. If you want to serve this fried cabbage as a side dish, it goes great with meatloaf or roasted chicken.

How do you cut cabbage for fried cabbage?

To cut cabbage, first remove those large, flimsy outer leaves. Give the cabbage a good rinsing. Cut the cabbage in half and then in fourths. Next, cut out the hard core from each piece. Then cut each quarter into 1-inch thick strips. (see video)

I add A LOT of bacon to this fried cabbage. A LOT. Because well…I felt like that’s what God wanted me to do. And I need lots of bacon with every single bit of savory cabbage. It makes me happy, and it’ll probably make you happy to so don’t be shy.

Cook this dish in a super large, cast-iron or stainless steel deep skillet. That will get you your perfect crispiness way better than a non-stick skillet.


  1. Fry bacon chunks in a large skillet until crisp remove bacon onto a paper towel to drain.
  2. Add chopped cabbage, onions, salt, pepper and sugar to the bacon grease saute for 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Lower heat to medium low, and add water and bacon.
  4. Cover with a lid cook, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes.

For the full recipe for fried cabbage with bacon grease, scroll to the bottom of this post.

Fried cabbage and bacon recipe - Recipes

It is entirely possible that the term ‘flexitarian’ was invented for vegetarians who love bacon, or vegans who eat eggs, or carnivores who like salads(?). In any case, in Grandmother’s Kitchen we could definitely be self-described as flexitarians, meaning that although we prefer vegetable inspired meals, that we are flexible for the occasion as it happens. For example, if my Aunty prepares a delicious turkey dinner, I will most definitely enjoy a portion of a juicy turkey breast covered in gravy or if we are traveling, we will will enjoy the varieties of cheeses and breads for desserts from the local cuisine. We avidly believe that regardless of the specifics of the foods you are eating, the key to wellness is joy, enjoyment and peace of mind.

Grandmother’s TIPS for Fried Cabbage with Bacon and Onion Recipe:

1. The healthiest way to buy bacon is to look for these words - uncured, center cut and reduced sodium. You may need to check out a Whole Foods type of store for this type of bacon, but keep your eyes out in bigger grocery stores also.

2. If you have a lot of grease from your bacon you can pour it into some foil and freeze for another recipe that would be tasty with a bit of bacon flavor.

3. This is the type of recipe that you will vary the proportions of your ingredients to the number of people you are cooking for. We used small quantities in this recipe but if you are cooking for a big group you will want to increase the size of the cabbage and double the onion plus add more bacon strips.

Preparing food can be a bit tricky when you come across some mold growing on it. Do you throw it away? Or eat it? You don’t want to waste food, but you’re aware of the dangers of mold in your food and know you should probably throw it away. You’re actually right to want just to throw it away since mold can grow deep inside of your food even if the fuzzy stuff isn’t on top anymore. So simply removing mold might not get rid of it completely. Best to just throw that piece of food away, so you know you’re safe.

2 cloves garlic - we used large Russian Red


1. Dice the onions and chop the garlic into small pieces. Set aside.

2. Cut the bacon strips into small pieces, Place into a skillet and cook until crispy. You are going to be cooking the rest of the ingredients in the bacon fat so if there is an excessive amount of fat from the bacon you have cooked pour some of it off so the dish isn’t too greasy. Use a slotted spoon to remove the bacon onto a plate lined with paper towels.

3. Cook the onions and garlic for about 10 minutes on low heat until the onions have caramelized. Stir as needed.

4. Meanwhile, cut the cabbage into quarters, then each quarter into halves or thirds depending how big the cabbage is. You want to cut pieces into small bite size. Add the cabbage to the onions, stir in and cook another 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Season with salt, pepper and reduce to low heat.

5. Add about 1/4 cup water, stir the bacon pieces back in in. Cover with a lid and simmer, stirring occasionally for about 30 minutes. Serve when ready.

Bacon can usually make any meal better, especially a savoury onion and cabbage dish like this. Fried cabbage may sound bland or boring, but with some bacon, onion and garlic, it's anything but boring. Cabbage gets a bad rap sometimes because it's got such a distinct flavour, especially raw. Raw cabbage is quite spicy in flavour with a watery flavour as well making it great for salads and coleslaw recipes. Other cabbage recipes include cabbage soup, cabbage rolls and it's used a lot in stir fries as well. The nice thing about cabbage is that when you cook it with other ingredients, it will absorb the flavours of the other ingredients which makes it end up tasting delicious. It also softens up which makes it more palatable too.

Since one of our favorite motto’s is everything in moderation - it is only appropriate that every so often we add some bacon to our recipes. I would not go so far as to say that it is needed, but it does add a flavor that is unique and delicious.

Over the span of our recipe and food blogging history we have been pleasantly surprised to find out that cabbage recipes are as popular to the majority of our community as the are in our kitchen. Cabbage is such an unassuming vegetable when sitting in your bottom fridge drawer, but all cooked up in different ways like this cabbage and bacon and onion recipe, it makes for a pretty tasty dish.

As with any food of this nature, moderation is key, and you have to just listen to what your body wants and needs at any given time. So enjoy your bacon if you like it and see how you like it with the combination of cabbage, onion and garlic. You can eat this as a side dish, or it's great as a topping on sausages or hot dogs. You could even make it in the morning to go alongside your eggs and toast.

Whenever you’re cooking or frying food, there’s also always the chance that you’re going to burn or overcook your food to the point that it sticks to the pan. Luckily there are some home remedies for cleaning pots and pans that will help you get them looking great once again. You can use all natural kitchen cleaners to get these pots and pans clean, and the home remedies for cleaning pots and pans won’t scratch or scrape the pans either.

Using some simple baking soda is a great home remedies for cleaning pots and pans. Just take some baking soda and sprinkle it in the pan and then let it soak with some hot water for 5 minutes. Then take a scrubbing brush or pad and scrub all of the grime away. It also helps if you put cold water in the pan right after you’re done cooking and then bring it to a boil on the stove. This will loosen any stuck on gunk, making it easier to clean off.

How to cook southern, soul food style, fried cabbage with bacon, onions, and peppers.

Lately I’ve been craving cabbage like crazy. Luckily I have many good cabbage recipes. The last cabbage recipe that I posted was for my southern cabbage with ham hock, which I made in the slow cooker. A lot of my viewers tried and loved that recipe, so I’m back with another southern cabbage recipe(I have so many southern cabbage recipes hunny!). This time around I’m going to show you how to make southern fried cabbage with bacon!

This recipe is quite easy, and you only need a couple ingredients to whip up this southern dish. I like to serve my southern fried cabbage with cornbread, and roast chicken. However, you can eat this cabbage alone.