Seriously Good Bacon Fried Cabbage

How to make crave-worthy fried cabbage with bacon and garlic. Simple, quick, and delicious! Jump to the Bacon Fried Cabbage Recipe or read on to see our tips for making it.

How to make simply fried cabbage with bacon and garlic.

Here’s another way to cook cabbage! This healthier fried cabbage is just as quick to make and tastes incredible.

This is a simple recipe for cooking cabbage. Thanks to bacon and garlic, it’s delicious, too. If you have never fried or sauteed cabbage before, you need to start. As cabbage cooks in the frying pan, it wilts, turns tender, and becomes sweet. Cabbage may sound like a boring side, but this is one of our favorite sides to make.

How to Make the Best Fried Cabbage

Fried cabbage is easy, and it’s one the first sides to go on the table. We “fry” our cabbage in some bacon fat. Not too much fat that it’s greasy but just enough that the cabbage picks up the smokey and savory flavors of the bacon.

How to Make the Best Fried Cabbage

If you aren’t into bacon, no worries! Swap the bacon for sausage or go meatless and use butter or olive oil. (We cook cabbage in olive oil for this lemony garlic cabbage and it’s excellent.)

We love cooking with cabbage and this bacon fried cabbage is right at the top of our favorites list, here’s the basic method:

  • Cook bacon in a skillet until the fat has rendered and the bacon is crispy.
  • Save the crispy bacon for serving and save a bit of the rendered fat to cook the cabbage in.
How to Make the Best Fried Cabbage -- Add bacon
  • Cook the cabbage in the bacon fat along with some garlic, red pepper flakes, and a little salt.
  • When the cabbage is wilted, sweet, and starting to brown around the edges, toss in a little mustard, apple cider vinegar, and the cooked bacon from earlier. The mustard and vinegar add a pop of acid to the cabbage which balances the sweet cabbage and smokey bacon.
  • Serve and devour!
How to Make the Best Fried Cabbage

We like to keep things simple when it comes to the seasonings. Garlic, a little heat from red pepper flakes, and tang from mustard and vinegar. You can stir in other seasonings, too. Try a little paprika or turmeric for color, onion powder, chili powder, Cajun seasoning, Creole seasoning or cayenne pepper for even more heat.

For more easy cabbage recipes, take a look at these:

Seriously Good Bacon Fried Cabbage

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Bacon makes this simply fried cabbage crave-worthy. As the cabbage cooks in the pan, it wilts, turns tender, and becomes sweet. White cabbage is our favorite for this, but other cabbage varieties will work. Keep in mind, though, that Napa cabbage will release more moisture and won’t brown as nicely in the pan. We love using peppered bacon for extra flavor, but your favorite type of bacon will also work.

Makes about 4 servings

You Will Need

3 thick slices peppered bacon, diced (3 ounces)

2 pounds white cabbage, core removed and chopped (10 cups)

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

Pinch crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt or more to taste

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

Fresh ground black pepper


    Add bacon, in one layer, to a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally until the fat renders and the bacon is crispy; 6 to 8 minutes. Take the pan off of the heat, and then use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a bowl and save for later.

    Remove all the bacon fat from the pan except for one tablespoon. (Leave more or less, depending on your preference. One tablespoon tastes great, but doesn’t make the cabbage greasy.)

    Place the pan back onto medium-high heat then add the cabbage, garlic, red pepper flakes, and the salt. It might seem like too much cabbage for the pan, but as it cooks, the cabbage will wilt down.

    Cook, occasionally stirring until the cabbage is tender and some of the cabbage begins to turn light brown; 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the mustard, apple cider vinegar, and the reserved cooked bacon. Taste then adjust with more salt, pepper, and vinegar as needed.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • To chop the cabbage, quarter the cabbage through the core, and then cut out the core. Chop each quarter into squares or bite-size pieces. Rinse and spin or pat very dry.
  • If you aren’t into bacon, no worries! Swap the bacon for sausage or go meatless and use butter or olive oil.
  • This cabbage recipe is excellent with onions, add them to the pan at the same time as the cabbage.
  • Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 1/4 of the recipe / Calories 160 / Total Fat 9.1g / Saturated Fat 2.9g / Cholesterol 14mg / Sodium 350.3mg / Carbohydrate 15.4g / Dietary Fiber 7.3g / Total Sugars 5.5g / Protein 7.7g
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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  • Jackie November 21, 2018, 9:19 am

    Wow! This looks amazing! Total cabbage & bacon fans, here. I look forward to making this dish. Thank you so much for sharing!


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