Easy Bacon Fried Cabbage [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 5 reviews

Cabbage Recipes Main Dishes Pork Recipes Side Dishes St. Patrick's Day

Cook time Cook time: 25 minutes

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! Check out the short video tutorial attached below and see how simple this recipe is!

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.

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 it.

Southern bacon fried cabbage is a popular alternative to the traditional Irish version.

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. Also, please WATCH THE RECIPE VIDEO attached above.

  • 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 spices, and cook until tender.
  • Towards the end of cooking, mix in the garlic and 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:


Even though a cabbage core has plenty of vitamins, it is typically tough and not optimal for eating. We usually remove it before proceeding with the recipe. 

The easiest way to core it is to cut the cabbage head in half and use a knife to slice around the core to remove it. 


Yes, this dish can be frozen and enjoyed later. Prior to freezing it, let the cabbage completely cool. Then, transfer it to a freezer-safe container, and freeze for up to 3 months. 

To thaw, pull frozen cabbage out of the freezer and overnight it in the refrigerator. 

Other Great St. Paddy’s Day Dishes:

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.
  • Fried cabbage makes great leftovers, so make a double batch if needed. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

One Pan Bacon Fried Cabbage

Easy Bacon Fried Cabbage

This is a delicious and super easy dish to make with only a few ingredients. It is flavorful and ready in less than 30 minutes!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 369kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 1 pound sliced bacon (chopped into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 onion (finely sliced)
  • 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 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 5 cloves garlic (minced)


  • Chopped green onion


  • 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.
  • Discard the grease, leaving about 2-3 tablespoons.
  • Add the sliced onion and cook for about 2-3 minutes, until soft.
  • Add the chopped cabbage, salt, pepper, oregano, and smoked paprika. Toss and cook until tender, but still a little crispy, for about 15 minutes. Toss and taste, if needed reduce heat to medium-low, cover the pan and cook cabbage for 10 more minutes, until the preferred tenderness is achieved.
  • Add the garlic and bacon, cook cabbage for additional 3-4 minutes.
  • Serve immediately, garnish with chopped green onions if desired.



Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 916mg | Potassium: 433mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 56.8mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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This recipe is absolutely amazing! I paired mine with sauerkraut as well and my family loved it! Thank you for sharing!


I am so happy that you liked it!


Lecil Woods

The Best Fried Cabbage I have ever had! Bravo! Very easy and simple to make! Will be a side dish at our table! Thank you!


Thank you Lecil for your review! Glad you loved it!


Wolfgang Greiner

Awesome, easy to make , quick and flavorful ! Becoming one of my “go to dinners” . Definitely add pepper flakes for a little extra heat and flavour.


Thanks for your feedback, this is a great and easy dinner for sure!



My family loves cabbage. I just took a ham out of freezer for dinner and was thinking about a side dish. This would be perfect because I love ham and cabbage together.



Fabulous I cooked the cabbage a little to long and put the bacon in to quick it got soggy first time making this will do better 2nd time but it still was good


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I tried this recipe. Delicious and easy to make. Thanks for sharing.


I am very happy that you loved it, thanks for the feedback!


Dawn Kiser

I have been making this for years but with one addition. I add eggnoodles to the mix after it's all cooked. My family loves it.


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