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Easy Fried Cabbage with Bacon Recipe

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Whip up a batch of this fried cabbage with bacon in under 30 minutes. Tender sliced cabbage, onions, crispy bacon, all cooked in the same skillet. Bacon and cabbage take center state in this southern fried cabbage recipe.

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Serve up this bacon and cabbage dish as a side dish or main dish. It is even considered a keto fried cabbage recipe if you are looking for new ways to cook cabbage.

Serve this cabbage recipe up as a side dish, or allow it to take front and center. Pair with a side of bread, cornbread, etc.

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🥬 Why Make This Recipe

  • Simple ingredients
  • Affordable
  • Keto diet-friendly
  • Bacon and onions bring out the flavor.
  • Pan fried cabbage is so easy.
  • Change up spices for more flavor
  • Great as a side dish or dinner.
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🥓 Ingredients

  • Bacon
  • Onion
  • Cabbage
  • Garlic
  • Salt, Pepper, Onion Powder
  • Add red pepper flakes for heat, or hot sauce.

Full directions and measurements for this cabbage and bacon recipe is below in the printable recipe card.

🧂  How to Make

First, you want to start by slicing up your bacon into small strips and pan-fry them in the cast iron skillet until the bacon pieces are fully cooked.

pan with diced cabbage being fried with wooden spoon

Remove bacon from pan and place on a paper-towel-lined plate to soak up excess great.

Turn down the heat a little bit and then add the onions. Saute for 1-2 minutes or until they are translucent and softer in texture.

cabbage in cast iron

Toss in the diced green cabbage, and let it cook. As the cabbage cooks, it will shrink in size and go from crisp to texture. Season with salt and pepper.

When the cabbage is done to your liking simply toss the bacon back into the dish.

Stir and serve as is, or even drizzle on some fresh lemon juice.

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🍽️ Meal Prep and Storage

This bacon and cabbage is best when served fresh. It will become soggier in texture once you place in fridge to store for later. The cabbage will still taste good but the texture will be different.

It will store for 1-2 days in the fridge. You need to store the fried cabbage and onion mixture in an airtight container.

🍞 Tips and Variations

  • Swap out the bacon with sausage, Kielbasa, ham, prosciutto, etc.
  • Feel free to add in some fried potatoes that you can pan-sear when you are cooking the onions.
  • Change up the seasonings used. Cajun seasoning, lemon pepper, etc could be great mix-in flavors.
  • Don’t overcook the cabbage or it will become very soft, and a mushy-texture.
  • Toss in diced green apples for a kick of sweet.
  • Cut the cabbage in all similar-sized pieces so you get a uniform cook. Otherwise, some cabbage will be more done and others still needing to be cooked a bit longer.

🧄 Recipe FAQs

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Fried Cabbage with Bacon

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Fried Cabbage with Bacon is a one-pan fried cabbage that is so simple to make. Fried cabbage with bacon is so simple to make. A great side dish to go with corned beef or any other main dish you whip up.


  • 1 pound bacon, diced ( I used thick-cut)
  • 1 head of cabbage, cored.
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. In a skillet on the stove, you want to dice your bacon into small pieces. Cook it on medium heat in a skillet. Cook until the bacon is fully cooked. Then remove bacon and place on a paper towel-lined plate.
  2. Leave the bacon grease in the pan. Toss in your diced onion and garlic and cook for 1 minute. Then toss in your chopped cabbage. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Cook the cabbage for 5-7 minutes or until it reaches your desired texture.
  4. When the cabbage is done, toss the bacon back in and stir. Then serve up the fried cabbage as a side dish or pair with butter as a main dish.


You can swap bacon with ham, Kielbasa, etc. Or make it meatless if you want.

If you want to remove the bacon grease you can add swap with a tablespoon of oil. It can make the fried cabbage a bit healthier.

Store leftover fried cabbage in the refrigerator in a container.

You can freeze leftover cabbage and bacon. Store in the freezer for up to three months. Thaw in the fridge the night before. The cabbage will be softer in texture.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 407Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 1340mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 28g

This information is automatically calculated by third-party software, including but not limited to the Create or Bake Me Some Sugar. For accurate nutrition, I suggest running the ingredients in your own system to get a more accurate reading. Nutritional information is approximate and automatically calculated, and should only be viewed as an indication.

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