Easy Bacon Fried Cabbage [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Bacon Fried Cabbage is delicious and super easy to make with only a few ingredients. It is flavorful and ready in less than 30 minutes!

This is the perfect dish to make for a St.Patrick’s day or bring to a potluck. It goes really well with corned beef, beef stew, or pork chops.

Bacon Fried Cabbage

The Best Bacon Fried Cabbage

Bacon Fried Cabbage is one of our favorite dishes to make year-round. It is easy to make with simple ingredients, resulting in such a flavorful and delicious side dish. All you need is four ingredients – cabbage, onion, garlic, and bacon, along with a few seasonings.

I guess the secret ingredients here are bacon and garlic, as it makes this recipe so amazingly delicious! Once you try it, you will be making it over and over again, it is that good!

If you have never fried or sauteed cabbage before, you need to try this dish. It is also budget-friendly and can be made with various toppings. For, example, you could replace the bacon with sausage, or for a vegetarian version, simply use potatoes instead. It tastes delicious either way.

We also like to keep the spices very simple and only use salt, pepper and a bit of paprika to add a smoky flavor to it. This is one of our most beloved dishes, and every time we make it, we cannot stop eating it!


It is a common Irish side dish that is made by pan-frying cabbage with onion, garlic, and basic spices. This side dish is served predominantly with corned beef. Also, it became very popular in the United States lately, where it got some variations to it. Southern bacon fried cabbage is a popular alternative to the traditional Irish version.

One Pan Bacon Fried Cabbage

How to Make the Best Bacon Fried Cabbage?

As stated above, this is one of the easiest dishes to make, and it is one of the first sides to go on the table. We love to fry the cabbage in some bacon fat as this enhances the flavor tremendously. Below you can find the easy steps on how to best make this recipe:

  • First, we cook the bacon until crisp and remove it to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Then, reserve about 2 tablespoons of the grease and saute the onions in it until soft.
  • Next, add the cabbage to it along with some garlic and some salt and pepper and mix well for 1-2 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover, and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes.
  • Towards the end of cooking, mix the bacon into the cooked cabbage and then serve!

What goes with Bacon Fried Cabbage?

You can enjoy it as a full meal or side dish. It is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you’re super hungry, feel free to add a couple of fried eggs or a dollop of mayo to it. It also pairs well with:

Easy Bacon Fried Cabbage

Recipe Tips:

  • Use whatever type of bacon you like- regular, turkey or even vegan. However, if you are going with turkey or vegan bacon, just remember that they are not very oily and additional oil or butter must be added.
    Don’t over-cook the cabbage or else the texture becomes very soft and mushy.
  • Not a fan of bacon? Substitute with favorite sausage or diced ham.
  • To make it vegetarian, omit the meat altogether. Also, you could use tofu or potatoes instead.
  • Also, when cooking cutting the cabbage, ensure to cut it up in uniform size to ensure even cooking.
  • To make it spicier, add some cayenne pepper or chili red pepper flakes to it.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

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Easy Bacon Fried Cabbage
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Total time: 30 mins


  • 1 pound  sliced bacon  (chopped into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1  onion  (finely sliced)
  • 5 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 1 medium  head cabbage  (cored and chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon  Kosher salt  (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground black pepper  (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon  dried oregano 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  dried thyme 


  •  Chopped green onion 


  1. Place a large cast iron skillet or non-stick deep pan over medium-high heat. Add bacon pieces in one layer and cook until crispy. If needed, cook in batches. Once cooked, remove from pan and set aside on a plate.
  2. Discard the grease, leaving about 2-3 tablespoons.
  3. Add the sliced onion and cook for about 2-3 minutes, until soft. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  4. Add the chopped cabbage, toss and cook until tender, but still a little crispy, for about 15 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and thyme. Toss and taste, if needed reduce heat to medium-low, cover the pan and cook cabbage for 15 more minutes, until the preferred tenderness is achieved.
  5. Before serving, mix in the cooked bacon, too and serve immediately.
Calories: 369 Carbohydrates: 11 Protein: 11 Fat: 31 Saturated Fat: 10 Cholesterol: 49 Sodium: 916 Potassium: 433 Fiber: 4 Sugar: 5 Vitamin A: 175 Vitamin C: 56.8 Calcium: 74 Iron: 1.3
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This sounds like a great recipe with lots of flavour. I think bacon is a great way to make cooked cabbage more palatable.


GiGi Eats

GAHHH! YES!! Um, way to make cabbage taste friggin' PHENOMENAL!


Melissa Chapman

This looks like a great way to serve up cabbage. I have not cooked bacon in a long time but it does look so tasty.



That sounds absolutely amazing! Of course anything with bacon is exactly what I like anyway. This would be perfect for a St. Patrick's Day party.



I have a blog post about cabbage and bacon and how good it all is.  This is a totally meal for us.  Eating it fresh is the best.


Amber Myers

I am sure I'd love this. I tend to love anything with bacon. Plus I've always been a fan of cabbage.



Yummy! My son is a huge fan of bacon. I can't wait to make this recipe for him. 



I’m not usually a fan of cabbage, but I’ve also never had it with BACON. Definitely need to try this!



I don't eat meat, but this sounds so good. I might make this for my kids and hubby one day!



I bought several cabbages on sale with the idea of making something for St. Patrick's Day but I haven't decided what yet. This is definitely a contender now.


Lisa Martin

This looks so good! I will be making this for St. Patricks day. Than you for the recipe.



This is a new one for me! We don't eat much cabbage at our house, but I think this version might be pretty tasty.


Lisa Favre

Oh my goodness - looks so incredibly delicious! I would have never thought of giving cabbage the star treatment like this. Totally love the idea!



This is something I bet my husband would like. I'm not a cabbage fan but bacon yes please!



I'm not a huge fan of cabbage. However, this dish looks amazing. I'll have to give you recipe a try.


Ruth I

I really like cabbage! We always cook it with canned mackerel, but I'd love to try this recipe with bacon or sausage. Yum!


Nikka Shae

I’m adding this meal to my recipe list. My family will love this!



I love fried cabbage! I use wild mushrooms instead to give that "meaty" texture. I need to make some soon!



Hi I see in the cabbage video you added bay leaves to the recipe but did not add it to the ingredient's list. What is the purpose of the bay leaves.


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