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Fried cabbage is a flavorful side dish that can be prepared quickly and easily. In a tiny bit of bacon fat, cabbage and onions are pan-fried until they are soft.

Before serving, season and sprinkle bacon crumbles over top.

This straightforward side dish(fried cabbage) is flavorful and goes well with everything from pork chops to meatloaf to chicken breasts.

The Appeal of Fried Cabbage

Fried cabbage from the South gets sweet and soft, and bacon and onion enhance the flavor.

  • There are only a few ingredients needed for this straightforward side dish.
  • With a head of cabbage and a few pieces of bacon, it costs nothing to create.
  • It can be customized by adding more onions, ham instead of bacon, or garlic.
  • It only takes one pan and takes little time to prepare fried cabbage with bacon.
  • Use it to top a hot dog or some pork chops, serve it hot as a side dish, or stir in some egg noodles.

Cabbage ingredients for frying

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Food: Fried Cabbage (Source: Taste of Home)

This fried cabbage recipe’s simplicity and versatility make it a wonderful culinary choice. When I was a child, my Polish grandmother always served cabbage dishes like soups and rolls.

CABBAGE: Just a plain head of cabbage will do. Any type of cabbage, even red cabbage, can be used to make a vibrant side dish.

BACON: Bacon gives food a salty, smoky flavor, and the fat is excellent for cooking vegetables like onions and cabbage. You can use ham or even leftover corned beef if you don’t have bacon.

You will need to substitute the bacon grease with more butter or oil if you’re using reduced-fat bacon (such as turkey bacon or vegan bacon).

OPTIONS: You can choose to include a few garlic cloves. Add a squeeze of lemon, some apple cider vinegar, or some parmesan cheese to finish.

Create a meal.

We frequently make cabbage and noodles with sausage because we adore them. Boil some noodles, then add them to the stew just before serving to extend this lunch even further!

Recipe for Fried Cabbage

Cabbage is quite simple to prepare and becomes soft and delicious when cooked slowly.

  1. Keep the bacon drippings in the pan after cooking it until it is crisp.
  2. In the bacon drippings, fry the onion until soft. Cook after adding the chopped cabbage (as per the recipe below).
  3. Add spices and serve.

The pleasant flavor of cabbage is best emphasized by cooking it slowly and low. Frying cabbage will take around 15 minutes.

Time-saving Tip: If you’re pressed for time, add some chicken broth to the pan of cabbage. This will enable it to steam while cooking, shortening the cooking process and enhancing flavor!

Serving Ideas for Fried Cabbage

Fried cabbage is a stand-alone main dish that pairs well with boiled egg noodles.

Cabbage pairs nicely as a hot side dish with other comfort food entrees like oven-fried chicken or these simple glazed ham steaks.

Keeping Remainders

For up to 4 days, store bacon and cabbage in a covered container. For up to 4 weeks, freeze portions in quart-sized zipped bags with the date written on the outside.

Even though the mixture of cabbage is going to be limp, add additional fresh cabbage and reheat it in a skillet. Alternately, include leftover bacon and cabbage in beef and stir-fry. Or include it in a stew or soup!

Fried Cabbage

When cooked in a pan with bacon, onions, and cabbage, it turns pleasant and soft.

ten minutes to prepare

25 minutes for cooking

overall 35 minutes

portions: 4 portions


  • 6 slices of bacon chopped
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 6 cups cabbage core removed and chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes or to taste, optional
  • salt and pepper to taste


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Food: Fried Cabbage (Source: Taste of Home)
  1. Cook bacon until crisp over medium heat. Using a slotted spoon, remove and set aside (leave the drippings in the pan).
  2. Cook the onion in the bacon drippings until it is soft.
  3. Add the chopped cabbage and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until soft.
  4. To taste, add salt, pepper, and chili flakes. Add the bacon and then serve.


cabbage into 2-inch long strips, each measuring 1 inch. Although thin, cole slaw mix can be used and cooks quickly (8–10 minutes).

Two minced cloves of garlic, parmesan cheese, a squeeze of lemon juice, or a splash of apple cider vinegar are optional additions.

Add a few tablespoons of chicken broth to the cabbage in the pan if you’re pressed for time. This will enable it to steam while cooking, shortening the cooking process and enhancing flavor!

In the refrigerator, keep leftovers in a sealed container for up to 4 days.

For up to 4 weeks, freeze portions in zipped pouches. Reheat in a skillet after defrosting and adding some fresh cabbage.

Nutrition information

Calories: 175 | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 240mg | Potassium: 283mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 40.5mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 0.7mg