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Fried Cabbage with Bacon

Delicious, low-carb comfort food prepared with cabbage and bacon! Quick and easy Keto-friendly side dish perfect for a weeknight meal.

The Best Fried Cabbage

What comes together in 10 minutes, in just one pan, and with 3 main ingredients? FRIED CABBAGE! ? Sweet and tender cabbage cooked with bacon results in a delicious dish great to serve alongside lamb, beef, chicken, or pork.

Growing up Macedonian, during the winter, we always had cabbage dishes. From Cabbage Soup with Rice to Cabbage Rolls and this Fried Cabbage, you just couldn’t escape it.

But that’s AY-OK (NOW it’s okay, not when I was a kid and just wanted mac and cheese like everyone else ?) because cabbage is rich in nutrients and promotes detoxification; it’s also packed with antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins. ? 

cabbage in a sauté pan

Ingredients for Fried Cabbage

You will need four slices of thick-cut bacon, one yellow onion, a small head of green cabbage, garlic, salt, pepper, and sliced green onions. Red pepper flakes, too.

How To Make Fried Cabbage with Bacon

  • Rinse cabbage, remove outer loose leaves, and cut into quarters.
  • Take each quarter and chop it or cut it into thicker shreds. 
  • Get 4 to 5 slices of thick cut bacon and dice it up.
  • Then, cook the bacon in a sauté pan; remove from pan and set aside.
  • Keep bacon grease in the pan and fry the onions.
  • Add garlic and cabbage; season with salt and pepper, and continue to cook for 8 minutes, or until cabbage is tender.
  • Stir bacon back in the skillet.
  • Sprinkle cabbage with pepper flakes and green onions; serve.
cooked cabbage with bacon

Simple, tasty, and ready in no time, this Fried Cabbage with Bacon recipe is hearty enough to make it a meal on its own, but just, uhm, quadruple the recipe. ? 

How To Serve Cabbage

Cabbage is a versatile vegetable, and it goes well with chicken, pork, beef, or whatever you like to make a hearty meal. Consider making these Smothered Pork Chops or this pork tenderloin, and then there’s my corned beef or a juicy roast chicken.

Tips and Tricks for Cabbage

  • DO NOT overcook the cabbage. Remove from heat as soon as it’s just tender. Overcooked cabbage will result in limp, mushy, and smelly cabbage.
  • Flavor the cabbage to your taste. Add paprika to it, dried herbs, onion powder, curry powder, or whatever else you might like.  
  • If you want a vegetarian dish, leave out the bacon and use 2 tablespoons of avocado oil or olive oil in place of the bacon grease.
fried cabbage

How To Store Leftovers

  • Fridge: Store leftovers in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for 3 days.
  • Freezer: This dish tastes best when fresh, but you can freeze it for 2 months and then reheat it in a skillet.

More Side Dishes with Cabbage


cooking cabbage in a skillet

Fried Cabbage

Katerina | Diethood
Delicious comfort food prepared with cabbage and bacon! Quick and easy side dish perfect for a weeknight meal.
5 from 12 votes
Servings : 6 serves
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes


  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 small head green cabbage, cored and coarsely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • sliced green onions, for garnish (optional)


  • Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet for about 5 minutes, or to a desired crispiness.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon from the pan and set aside, leaving bacon grease in the skillet.
  • Add onion to the skillet and cook over medium-high heat for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in cabbage and garlic.
  • Season with salt and pepper and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until cabbage is just tender; about 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Stir bacon back into the skillet.
  • Garnish with red pepper flakes and green onions; serve.


Calories: 148 kcal | Carbohydrates: 11 g | Protein: 5 g | Fat: 10 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Cholesterol: 16 mg | Sodium: 188 mg | Potassium: 338 mg | Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 6 g | Vitamin A: 182 IU | Vitamin C: 57 mg | Calcium: 67 mg | Iron: 1 mg | Net Carbs: 7 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American/Southern, Balkans, Macedonian, Polish
Keyword: cabbage recipe, easy side dish, fried cabbage, keto friendly recipes, low carb side dish
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17 comments on “Fried Cabbage with Bacon”

  1. Made similar recipes for years! Very good. For those not worrying about carbs, throw in some cooked egg noodles. My kids love it this way!

    1. Love this dish I make it a lot , instead of cabbage are used coleslaw package turns out just as well.

  2. Made similar recipes for years! Very good. For those noncarb dieters, throw in some cooked egg noodles. My kids love it this way!

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    Carol Barlage

    Just tried this recipe tonight and it’s a keeper. It’s super easy to make and you can eat it as a main dish also, which I did. Yummo.

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    Tiffany La Forge-Grau

    I love cooking with cabbage. There are so many great dishes it makes; including this one!

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    Chrissie Baker

    This looks so yummy! I love cabbage and who could say no to bacon! I am going to try this out next week for sure. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. It took me a while to try cabbage and now I love it! The addition of the bacon is awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Katerina Petrovska

      No, I don’t think it’s a bad smell at all.. it’s a sweet smell combined with bacon. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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