Easy Bacon Fried Cabbage [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 4 reviews

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.

Photo of fried cabbage and bacon in a skillet.

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.

Image of 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. 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:

Photo of fried cabbage and bacon in a white bowl.


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.

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5 from 4 reviews

Easy Bacon Fried Cabbage

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




Nutrition information

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.



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!


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