Fried Cabbage with Bacon

Fried Cabbage with Bacon is an easy vegetable side dish that goes with many meals! Tender, sweet cabbage with crispy, salty bacon is the perfect combination!

Who would have thought that cabbage could taste so good? It’s a totally underrated vegetable in my opinion. Also be sure to check out these flavorful Oven Roasted Cabbage Steaks – both go perfectly with our Crock Pot Corned Beef!

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Fried Cabbage with Bacon Recipe

Honestly, ask me a few weeks ago if I like cabbage and I might have said no. I mean, there’s nothing NOT to like about cabbage, it’s pretty plain in flavor but recipes like this Fried Cabbage with Bacon will change your mind.

And that’s a pretty big deal if you know me at all. Craving vegetables really isn’t my thing, I’ll eat them, they’re fine, but to attack them first on the plate – not so much. So do me a favor and try this fried cabbage recipe and let me know if there’s any left on your plate when you’re done eating.

How To Make Fried Cabbage

Another awesome thing about this side dish recipe is that it really couldn’t be easier to make! Fry up a few slices of bacon (save those drippings) and then cook onions and cabbage right in the same skillet.

You want the cabbage to be tender but not mushy. I think this is one of the reasons I haven’t liked cabbage dishes in the past, because it was overcooked and I didn’t like the texture.

  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet until crispy, remove to a paper towel lined plate but keep the bacon drippings in the skillet. Chop the bacon into a large dice.
  2. Add the cabbage and onion to the skillet along with the salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 8-10 minutes until the onions and cabbage have softened but the cabbage still has a crunch to it.
  3. Stir in brown sugar, along with the cooked bacon. Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed and serve with chopped parsley for garnish.
cabbage in a skillet with bacon

What’s The Easiest Way To Cut Cabbage?

We have a lot of recipes that I say – take the short cut – buy that shredded cabbage in the bag from the store, etc. Like our Super Creamy Cole Slaw, for instance, I like to cut it myself to vary the texture but you can it pre-shredded from the grocery store to save time.

For this Fried Cabbage with Bacon recipe we recommend that you cut it up yourself. We need the cabbage diced for this recipe – not shredded – and it only takes a few minutes to do.

Cut the cabbage in half and then in half again into quarters. Remover the core at the bottom and cut the cabbage into 1 inch strips.

Now cut the strips into a dice, varying the size so that you have different size pieces for texture. Some will be smaller and cook down faster and some will be larger and remain a little more crunchy.

fried cabbage with bacon in black bowl with napkin

What Main Courses Go Well With Fried Cabbage?

As we mentioned before, nothing beats a good Corned Beef and cabbage dinner, but there are many other recipes that we like serving with cabbage on the side!

Looking For More Vegetable Side Dishes?

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Fried Cabbage with Bacon

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Fried Cabbage with Bacon is an easy vegetable side dish that goes with many meals! Tender, sweet cabbage with crispy, salty bacon is the perfect combination!

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Ingredients

  • 6 strips of bacon
  • 1 pound of white cabbage, cored and diced (about 1/2 medium head of cabbage)
  • 1/2 cup diced red or yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • Chopped parsley for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet until crispy, remove to a paper towel lined plate but keep the bacon drippings in the skillet. Chop the bacon into a large dice.
  2. Add the cabbage and onion to the skillet along with the salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 8-10 minutes until the onions and cabbage have softened but the cabbage still has a crunch to it.
  3. Stir in the brown sugar, along with the chopped bacon. Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed and serve with chopped parsley for garnish.

Recipe Notes

Store: Store cooled down cabbage in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheat: Reheat cabbage in the microwave until warmed through.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cabbage recipes, fried cabbage, fried cabbage with bacon, bacon recipes, holiday sides, st. patrick’s day recipes

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