Fried Cabbage with Bacon | Easy Low Carb & Keto-Friendly Side Dish Recipe

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

Serve with pork tenderloin, corned beef, or roast chicken for a complete dinner. 

cooking cabbage in a skillet


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 Podvarok 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, promotes detoxification, it’s also packed with antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins. 💪 

cabbage in a sauté pan


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


  • 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


  • Store leftovers in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for 3 days.



5 from 12 votes
cooking cabbage in a skillet

Fried Cabbage

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WW Freestyle: 1
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American/Southern, Balkans, Macedonian, Polish
Servings: 6 serves
Calories: 148


  • 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.


Nutrition Facts
Fried Cabbage
Amount Per Serving
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 188mg8%
Potassium 338mg10%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 182IU4%
Vitamin C 57mg69%
Calcium 67mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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.

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17 Responses
  1. kim miller

    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!

  2. kim miller

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

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