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Fried Cabbage and Bacon Recipe

This simple cabbage recipe can be made on the stovetop right next to your main dish. Using a Dutch Oven, our cabbage and bacon recipe with onions is cheap and can be made Southern style with a bit of spicy heat too if you like.

Cabbage and Bacon Recipe

Fried cabbage with bacon and onions is one thing that has been served in our family for years. It originated from an Old Fashioned Dutch Oven cabbage dish my Grandmother made when her kids were little, like that long ago. She LOVED using these leaves for all sorts of dishes. (affiliate links present)

Bacon and Cabbage Recipe

These two ingredients go so well together. Since the head itself has very little flavor you really want something to pack a punch to wilt and soften each bite + add a lot of YUM. Instead of Boiling Cabbage you are instead doing more of a saute of sorts in the butter, bacon grease and all the flavors. Submerged in water to soften means NO flavor.

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Same goes for our slow cooker cabbage recipe. I mean you can add seasonings and get it tender but with a bit more texture in a pan on the stovetop is better if you ask me. I mean each has it’s place and time but for overall goodness I’d try this one.

Fried Cabbage and Bacon

Fried Cabbage and Bacon

Now you could make this more of a meal with heartier meat, or more than one. Instead of or in addition to the bacon you could brown beef with it too like our cabbage casserole with ground beef recipe does. You could use leftover ham too after the holidays. It is easy to tweak to your liking for sure.

  • 6 slices bacon diced, not drained because bacon fat means flavor y’all
  • 1 head is used in this case unless you want less then you could cut everything in half. This is How to Cut Cabbage in a number of ways but in this case 1×1 squares is best.
  • Onion and garlic too if you’d like, minced
  • Butter or olive oil
  • Vegetable broth or chicken
  • Soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • Old Bay
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes if you’d like a little heat or to make it spicy
  • I use a deep Dutch Oven for pan fried cabbage but a large pot with a tight lid would work too

I do not add a lot of heat to this one. Sometimes when I make our Pigs in the Blanket with Cabbage I will add a bit more. That is up to you and you could leave it out entirely.

Dutch Oven Fried Cabbage

Fried Cabbage with Bacon and Onions

Now if you want to make an entire meal with this same main ingredient you could. Grab 2, one to make this and another to dice and make Pressure Cooker Cabbage Soup as the main meal. If you used smoked sausage like kielbasa that is already cooked I would dice small and still fry in the butter to warm and caramelize.

  • Cut stem off of green cabbage and discard, slice in half and then into 1×1 inch cubes, set aside.
  • I like using a Dutch Oven but you can use a large pot with a lid over medium high heat.
  • Add butter or olive oil. Add bacon and add the onions.
  • Stirring occasionally, cook until bacon is a bit crispy and onions are softened. 
  • Add into pot and mix together.
  • Cook together for 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour in vegetable broth and all seasonings, stir together. Saute for another 2-3 minutes.

Cover with a lid, turn heat to low, and cook for 5 minutes or until leaves are as soft as you’d like them to be. Serve an easy side dish like this immediately for best results.

Fried Cabbage with Bacon and Onions

Bacon Fried Cabbage

If you didn’t want the meat in there but wanted all the flavor you could follow the instructions of sauteeing but then remove the bacon and leave the grease. NO idea why you wouldn’t want BACON y’all but okay I guess if you don’t we might still be able to be friends. 😉

Takes less than 30 minutes so easy to do while you Cook Sausage in Oven to serve it with. Total comfort food in a bowl as a snack, side or main dish. Jump to recipe card and get started! If you have more questions than the ones below let us know below.

How do you cut cabbage for frying?

You do want it in smaller bite size pieces so they can absorb the flavors in the pan. I like squared 1×1 inch pieces for our bacon and cabbage recipe here. Works well for sauteeing in butter and with meat.

How do you cook cabbage without it getting mushy?

Keep a close eye on it. Remember that it doesn’t take long for cabbage leaves to wilt and soften. Tenderness is subjective so check often as 1 minute too long may become mushy to your tastebuds. Stick with sauteeing and do not boil as that will get leaves quite soft.

Bacon and Cabbage Recipe

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Cabbage and Bacon Recipe

Fried cabbage and bacon recipe with onions is the best vegetable side dish. Use ham if you'd rather in a Dutch Oven on the stovetop.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, irish
Keyword bacon, cabbage, dutch oven, fried, onions
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 172kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cut stem off of cabbage and discard, slice in half and then into 1×1 inch cubes. Add into pot and mix together. Set aside.
  • I like using a Dutch Oven but you can use a large pot with a lid over medium heat. Add butter or olive oil. Add diced bacon and onions. Cook until bacon is a bit crispy and onions are softened. 
  • Add cubed cabbage. Cook together for 2-3 minutes. Pour in vegetable broth and all seasonings, stir together. Saute for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Cover with a lid, turn heat to low, and cook for 5 minutes or until leaves are as soft as you'd like them to be. Serve immediately for best results.

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Nutrition Facts
Cabbage and Bacon Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 1006mg44%
Potassium 331mg9%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 344IU7%
Vitamin C 56mg68%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Sparky

Tuesday 17th of October 2023

Great recipe! I added an extra half cup of chopped onions, a half cup of shredded carrots, and 1 Tbs brown sugar at the end for a touch of sweetness. We cook reduced salt due to my wife's heart condition, so I omitted the salt, used garlic powder instead of garlic salt, and white wine instead of broth. Bacon and soy sauce provided plenty of salt for us. Great side dish!

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 18th of October 2023

oh yeah

Shirley

Monday 16th of October 2023

I love fried cabbage with bacon or smoked susage. I agree fried is so much better than boiled cabbage.

Dottie Mcc

Saturday 14th of October 2023

Crumble bacon on top. Stir. Then it’s voila !

Dottie Mcc

Saturday 14th of October 2023

Love fried cabbage. I cook bacon. Remove bacon from large frying pan. Toss in a dolop of butter. Toss in onions and shredded carrots. Then add cabbage. Stir. Stir. Stir. Finish with a little bit of brown sugar and a shake of red pepper flakes. Voila ! Serve immediately!

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