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Fried Cabbage with Bacon

This fried cabbage with bacon recipe elevates the humble cabbage to a whole new level of flavor!

What I love about this recipe is that the cabbage is fried quickly so it retains its fresh green color, with a texture that’s crisp-tender to the bite. As the cabbage cooks down, it absorbs all the delicious flavors from the bacon drippings and becomes even more tasty. A little garlic added at the end makes this dish even more flavorful. 

serving dish with finished fried cabbage and bacon

Is there anything better than showing up to a potluck with the most popular offering? This dish totally fits the bill, and if you’re a bacon lover you might also enjoy some of our other extra-tasty bacon side dishes like Bacon Wrapped Sweet CornBacon Macaroni and Cheese and Bacon Deviled Eggs.

Cooking Steps

  1. Chop bacon in 1/2 inch pieces.
  2. Cook chopped bacon in a large skillet.
  3. Drain the bacon and pour out most of the drippings.
  4. Melt a tablespoon of butter in the skillet and add cabbage.
  5. Cook cabbage until tender, and add the garlic.
  6. Stir in the bacon, cook and season.
  7. Grab a fork, take the pan in the closet, and devour. Just kidding! Ha ha! Ha. ha… 

Enjoy this dish for an Irish dinner with corned beef, or go the Southern direction and pair it with Southern barbecued ribs or fried chicken. You can also enjoy it for breakfast with eggs and toast. Try it, you’ll like it!

Carb Content of Fried Cabbage and Bacon

One serving of this recipe prepared according to the directions contains approximately 2 carbohydrates, making this a very Keto-friendly dish. 

The only variation you might find in the carb numbers would be due to the way your particular bacon brand is cured and processed. Some brands are processed with sugar, which will result in more carbs. 

To ensure that your bacon is low in carbs, Dona’s Kitchen has compiled a list of 5 best bacon brands for Keto

Let’s Get Cooking!

Begin by cutting a large head of cabbage in half, and slicing it in 1-inch slices.

cabbage slices on a green cutting board

Then chop it in 1-inch pieces:

chopped cabbage on a green cutting board

Next,  chop eight slices of thick-sliced bacon.

a knife and chopped bacon on a cutting board

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, fry the bacon until it’s almost fully cooked, but not quite.

cooking chopped bacon in a skillet

Drain the excess grease. Add the chopped cabbage and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until cabbage is tender, about 10 minutes. During the last 2 minutes of cooking, add minced garlic, salt and pepper. 

cabbage and bacon cooking in a skillet

Check seasonings, remove from heat, and serve! 

fried cabbage with bacon

Here’s the easy recipe:

fried cabbage with bacon

Fried Cabbage with Bacon

Eliza Cross
Tender cabbage is quick-fried with savory bacon for an easy side dish with irresistible flavor!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Bacon Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 140 kcal


  • 8 strips thick-sliced bacon
  • 1/2 large head cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Cut the cabbage in 1-inch slices, and then cut each slice in 1-inch pieces; reserve.
  • Chop the bacon in 1/2 inch pieces. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon, stirring occasionally, until it starts to brown, about 8 minutes.
  • Line a plate with two paper towels. Remove the bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and drain it on the paper towels.
  • Pour out the liquid fat from the pan, leaving the bacon drippings in the pan. Return to the stove, add the butter to the pan and heat over medium-high heat until the butter bubbles.
  • Add the cabbage and cook, stirring often and scraping the bits up from the pan, until cabbage is crisp-tender, about 6 minutes. Sprinkle with the garlic, salt and pepper and continue cooking, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.
  • Add the reserved bacon and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and serve at once. 4 servings.


Leftovers may be stored, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. To reheat, transfer the mixture to a skillet and cook over medium high heat until hot, about 3-4 minutes.


Serving: 1gCalories: 140kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 8gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 654mgSugar: 1g
Keyword bacon, cabbage, side dish recipes
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5 thoughts on “Fried Cabbage with Bacon”

  1. 5 stars
    I am always struggling with how to use my extra cabbage when it’s in season, and I should have known – the answer is bacon! Plus the recipe is so easy, and is perfect as a side or a simple lunch.


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