Fried Cabbage with Bacon is a delicious and economical side dish featuring green cabbage sautéed in bacon fat along with red bell peppers and onions. Try this flavourful and budget-friendly side dish today and you’ll see why it’s one of the most popular cabbage recipes.
If you’ve been reading for a while, you will already know that I love cabbage. It’s an unassuming, yet thrifty and nutritious cruciferous vegetable that finds its way into many dishes and cuisines.
This handy vegetable can be used as a filling, like in these Cabbage and Pork Dumplings while also becoming the wrapper for Cabbage Rolls. However, in this recipe, cabbage is the star of a mouth-watering side dish.
Fried Cabbage with Bacon
Fried Cabbage with Bacon is a flavourful low-carb side dish. It’s an easy ‘go anywhere’ dish, and by that, I mean you can make it and take it to a potluck or family gathering. Not only will it keep at room temperature for hours, but it’s equally as tasty at that temperature than it is hot. It can also be transported in a slow cooker and kept warm until dinner.
This easy cabbage bacon recipe takes only 25 minutes to make and is ready to accompany any main course in almost no time. It’s delicious with many mains from cast iron salmon to instant pot BBQ chicken and everything in between!
Is it a soul food? That I don’t know… it certainly is soul warming to those of us that grew up eating it. Whether you’re from the sunny South or from up north in Canada, this bacon fried cabbage recipe is a comfort food… because BACON.
Those that are indifferent to the charms of cabbage may say that if you pair anything with bacon, it’s going to taste good. That may be well and true, but I believe that the bacon-cabbage combination is a classic pairing, much like peanut butter and jelly or tomatoes and basil. However, don’t just take my word for it. Try this recipe and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Suggested Ingredients for this Dish
The ingredients list for this recipe isn’t complicated. In fact, two of the main ingredients are in the title. The seasonings are as simple as salt and freshly ground black pepper plus a few of red pepper flakes, if you want them. Other Southern fried cabbage recipes may include a touch of apple cider vinegar, white, or brown sugar for added flavour. You can adjust the seasonings and sweetness to your preference.
- Olive Oil
- Red Bell Pepper
Feel free to use any variety of cabbage for this recipe. Visually, the green cabbage shows off the red bell pepper and bacon, but red cabbage will taste just as great. Shaved Brussels Sprouts also make a wonderful replacement for cabbage in this recipe.
Surprisingly two of the most important ingredients (cabbage and bacon) are also the easiest to replace. The onion, garlic, and red bell pepper aren’t going anywhere so that leaves the bacon.
This bacon cabbage recipe calls for 4 strips, or rashers of bacon. This is a very conservative amount of bacon. However, it is just enough to get everyone excited. I like to use thick cut double smoked bacon for breakfast and in recipes such as this one.
Sometimes, I’ll double up the amount of bacon and sometimes I’ll replace it with leftover chopped ham. However, ham does not have as much fat to render as bacon does, so additional olive oil may be needed. This substitution will create a ‘lightened up’ version of this dish.
Another great substitution for the bacon is sausage. Try adding crumbled cooked fresh sausage meat or sliced smoked sausage rounds to this fried cabbage recipe, you will love it! Now, the variety of sausage is up to you. I tend to use a garlic sausage, or kielbasa, but spicy or mild Italian will also be delicious. Sausages such as smoked andouille or spicy chorizo would also be delicious.
How to Make Fried Cabbage with Bacon
Let’s start by preparing the vegetables. Remove the stem and seeds from the red bell pepper then slice it into strips. Peel and slice the onion then peel and mince the garlic.
Next, use a sharp knife to remove the core from the cabbage then slice it into uniform strips. Size matters… cut the cabbage too large and it’s awkward to eat the dish. Too small and the cabbage will soften too much as it cooks.
The perfect cut is just a little larger than bite size. Discard any overly thick pieces of cabbage as they will not cook at the same rate as the other cabbage.
Heat a large skillet (one that has a lid) over medium heat, then add the olive oil. Fry the sliced onions and red bell pepper until they just begin to soften. Push the onions and peppers to the sides of the pan and add the chopped bacon. Cook bacon in the pan until it becomes rendered and slightly crispy.
Next, add the minced garlic and fry for a minute or two until it becomes fragrant, then add the cabbage. Place the lid on the skillet and allow the cabbage to soften slightly, stirring occasionally. The dish is ready when the cabbage reaches your desired doneness. I prefer cook cabbage until it reaches ‘al dente’ with just a little bit of resistance left as I bite into the cabbage.
Serve warm garnished with red pepper flakes and a squirt of fresh lime juice (optional). Any leftovers will keep 4-5 days in the fridge and reheat nicely using stovetop or microwave methods.
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Fried Cabbage with Bacon
Fried Cabbage with Bacon is a delicious and economical side dish featuring fresh green cabbage sautéed in bacon fat along with red bell peppers and onions. Try this flavorful and budget-friendly side dish today and you'll see why it's one of the most popular cabbage recipes.
- ½ large cabbage heat (or 1 small one)
- 4 oz bacon slices; chopped
- 1 medium onion
- 1 red bell pepper
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves; minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- red pepper flakes and fresh lime juice (optional)
- Use a sharp knife to remove the core from the cabbage then slice it into uniform strips.
- Next, remove the stem and seeds from the red bell pepper then slice it into strips. Peel and slice the onion.
- Heat a large skillet, then add the olive oil. Fry the sliced onions and red bell pepper until they soften.
- Push the onions and peppers to the sides of the pan and add the chopped bacon. Fry the bacon in the pan until it becomes rendered and slightly crispy.
- Add the minced garlic and fry for a minute or two until it becomes fragrant then add the cabbage.
- Sauté the cabbage, stirring often. Once the cabbage has softened, the dish is ready.
- Serve warm garnished with red pepper flakes and a squirt of fresh lime juice (optional).
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 444Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 1491mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 21g
Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.
I made half a cabbage and regretted it so much because now I have to make the other half. This is, by far, the most succulent dish featuring cabbage as the main ingredient I have ever had. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the recipe Bernice.
ha! I should have said, just double the recipe right away. It really is so tasty and it reheats well as leftovers.
One of the most delicious side dishes is your fried cabbage with bacon. My husband eats it with blue cheese dressing and loves it! We make it often, we can’t have enough! Thanks so much!
Yes!! I also have a roast cabbage recipe and we often eat it with a blue cheese sauce. It’s a wonderful combination.
Just the recipe I needed for the extra head of cabbage I bought for St. Patrick’s Day. I added extra red pepper flakes as my husband loves spicy food.
Excellent! I was a bit nervous to add the spice but it really goes well in this dish and you can add as little or as much as you can handle.
This is such a classic recipe but with a spin! I grew up eating this but never with the bell pepper. I’m LOVING the addition, Bernice! This reminds me of home 🙂
Extra veggies are a good thing! I’m glad you enjoyed this new approach Lori.
This is one of the best combos actually. Love cabbage and love bacon. When combined, they make one of the best sides ever!
Yessss, the sure do! I’m glad you enjoy this side Elaine, thanks for letting me know.
We had some leftover cabbage from St Patricks day and not sure what to make with it. I stumbled over this Recipe for Fried Cabbage with Bacon and it’s an instant winner. So easy to make and flavorful!
So great to hear! Thanks for trying this recipe Dani.
This is my new favorite cabbage recipe! Of course, bacon makes everything better.
You are exactly right!! No one can resist the power of bacon.
This sounds so delicious! Anything with bacon is tasty! I plan on giving this a try tonight for St. Patrick’s Day! Thanks for the recipe share!
Yes!! It’s on our menu tonight too. Enjoy!
I made this Fried Cabbage with Bacon recipe for dinner and it was fantastic! It’s such an easy and quick dish to prepare, perfect for a weeknight meal. Thank you for sharing this delicious and satisfying recipe!
This is so great to hear Sangeesa, I’m so glad you loved this dish!
I loved the cabbage and bacon flavor combo. They are so perfect and this made a delicious side dish with our dinner. Will make again!
thank you so much for your kind comments, Kathryn. I’m glad you enjoyed this side dish.
This was such an easy recipe to make and I love cabbage with bacon, I think it is the best way to eat it personally.
Yessss! Such a great combination. But have you tried it with blue cheese sauce?!
I love how easy and tasty this dish is to make.
I really love it!
I’m so glad Amy. Thanks for dropping by.