Southern Fried Cabbage and Bacon
Southern-fried cabbage and bacon will become an instant favorite from the first bite. You have tender cabbage that is seasoned to perfection with garlic, onions, and of course salty bacon. Serve this dish up any day of the week or to your guests and watch it disappear instantly. This fried cabbage and bacon is magical, it just works in an incredible way!
If you have never had pan-fried cabbage, you are not living. I mean to tell you this side dish is simple to make but loaded with vibrant flavors. Pair with any main dish and watch it outshine the meal. I used a cast-iron skillet and it worked perfectly for that southern fried cabbage I grew up eating.
Cast Iron Southern Fried Cabbage And Bacon
This dish is hearty enough to make it a meal on its own if you prefer to go that route over a side dish. Pair with a homemade dinner roll, side salad, or even vegetable, and call it a meal! However, if you choose to serve this fried cabbage you are sure to enjoy it.
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Ingredients for Southern Fried Cabbage
Directions for Bacon and Cabbage Recipe
- Cut bacon into chunks and fry in a cast iron pan.
- Fry bacon pieces on medium-high heat until brown
- Remove bacon from the pan and set it aside on a paper towel-lined plate.
- Saute Onion and garlic until tender in the bacon fat.
- Add cabbage and seasonings to the pan.
- Saute stirring frequently until cabbage is tender.
- Add cooked bacon back into the pan and stir.
Tips & Tricks
- Cut bacon into 1″ strips prior to cooking to cut down on cooking time.
- Chop Cabbage and remove the core.
- Use a Cast Iron Pan for the best results but you can use a nonstick pack.
FAQs about cabbage
Southern Fried Cabbage and Bacon
Southern fried cabbage and bacon will become an instant favorite from the first bite. You have tender cabbage that is seasoned to perfection with garlic, onions, and of course salty bacon.
- 1 head cabbage
- 1 pound thick cut bacon
- 1 onion
- 2 cloves chopped garlic
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- Cut bacon into bite-size pieces and Fry in medium heat until brown and crispy.
- Remove bacon and leave grease from the bacon in a pan
- Place Onion and garlic in the pan and fry for 1-2 minutes
- Chop up your cabbage into bite-size pieces.
- Place cabbage in the pan along with spices.
- Stir and cook on medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until the cabbage is tender.
- Stir bacon back into the pan and mix with the cabbage.
- Serve and Enjoy!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 415Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 1680mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 5gSugar: 7gProtein: 29g
So what are you waiting for? Give this simple and easy side dish recipe a try. If you enjoy cabbage you will love the fun twist of fried cabbage. Grab a skillet and your ingredients and get to work on one outstanding dinner dish to serve up.
What readers are saying:
Readers who have made this recipe are raving about it! Here is what they had to say after feeding their family:
Hi, this dish looks so tempting. I just wonder if it could be cooked in an air fryer please?
@Tricia, I am not the op but, the cabbage has to cook in its own juices and not dry it out like an air fryer would do. You can certainly make the bacon in the air fryer but, you want to maintain moisture not take it away.
I see in the nutritional info that there are carbs in this dish. No sugar was mentioned in the recipe. What am I missing?
@Barbara Takacs, vegies have carbs too. Some more than others. Cabbage is low while onion is a bit higher. Using an app like carbmanager will help to learn which foods have how many.
@Barbara Takacs, perhaps the onion.
@Barbara Takacs, See that’s when me and a persom like yo yo self mix it up a lil I got to use sugar
Made it just as recipe called for, turned out great. Thanks for letting me know about freezing cabbage. This is my favorite recipe for fried cabbage.
Made this and it was excellent! Everybody loved it! I wish I would have found this recipe years ago!
Sooo delicious the whole family loved this will definitely be having this again real soon.
I liké cabbage with onion.
This looks good got to try with Bacon thanks.
My mom gave me a recipe for cabbage. Instead of bacon she used summer sausage. Yum!
I’ve been frying cabbage a long time. That was a veg side when I was young with fried chicken. Cheap foods back in the day. Still love and cook it to this day.
I don’t eat pork or red meat so followed recipe except for bacon. Delicious.
I have did fried cabbage before but never with the bacon. I will be fixing it for new year’s dinner. I add sweet peppers in with my cabbage. I can’t wait.
This was FANTASTIC! A great addition to New Year’s Day fare! Sublime!
Add some buttered noodles, and you have the Polish dish called “Haluski”. Cooking for a crowd cheaply! :))
I’m making this tonight for the first time. My husband bought a head of cabbage & I didn’t know what to do with it haha. I came across this recipe. Looks so good!!
You will love it
Made this recipe but included shrimp…so tasty!
Oh my gosh! This tastes amazing. Quick and easy. The family loves it too! Its a keeper
It turned out delicious! This will become a regular at our house. Loved all th
e comments of how we can change it up!
How is there so many carbs in this dish ?? I love this Southern Recipe…I live in South Georgia and am overwhelmed by the amount of carbs here…guess I won’t be making it anymore…😞but this is an awesome thing to try if you’re not concerned with a lot of carbs !!!
Need to correct my comment…I read the Nutritional Info wrong… please forgive my oversight !!!🤦
Looking forward to trying this as it sounds delicious! I am wondering what one would typically serve along side this. I can’t quite decide what would pair well with it since I haven’t had a chance to taste it yet. Maybe some roasted potatoes?
It is great with pork chops or fried chicken. Throw in some cornbread and the meal is complete.
I’m from Pennsylvania and add apples and top it off with a bit of apple vinegar before serving. Absolutely delicious!
Great recipe! I followed the recipe as written and the fried cabbage and bacon turned out great! Wow! awesome taste and texture with the cripy pieces of bacon.
Do you have to use a cast iron skillet? Thanks.
No you don’t
Made this recipe to the T. Taste really good but I am Hispanic and need more of a kick so I added El Pato hot tomato sauce and let me tell you… it was fire 🔥
OMG, cabbage bacon is such a wonderful dish.
I have made it often, Thanks for sharing!!!
I’m happy you liked it! It’s my husbands favorite
What could I serve with this to make a meal, with the cabbage and bacon as a main course?
A lot of people do this with mashed potatoes
Sorry about the blank reply, I accidentally hit reply before typing my reply lol and I’m not seeing any way to delete it (GRRRR), I’ve never replied on Pinterest so idk if that’s even an option?
Anyhow, I sometimes eat this dish as a meal (health conditions that eating smaller meals helps) but I’ve made rope sausages with it (cut up into bite size pieces and added) or I think a pork chop would be good(not added to this obviously lol). Someone above in the comments said to add buttered noodles and it’s a polish dish 😋
I also think a good steak would be great.
HAPPY 2023! I just made this for our NY’s luncheon and it looks delish looking forward to tasting it! Thanks for sharing
Can fresh spinach be added to this cabbage bacon recipe. I have some fresh spinach I want to use up.
Can you freeze leftover of this. I’m the only one who eats cabbage and even a small head there’s leftover