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Southern Fried Cabbage and Bacon

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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. 

Southern Fried Cabbage and Bacon

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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, you choose to serve this fried cabbage you are sure to enjoy it. 

Southern Fried Cabbage and Bacon

What can I add to cabbage for flavor?

This recipe for fried cabbage and bacon is anything but bland. As you can see I use a handful of ingredients to really bring in depth and dimension to the cabbage. As it wilts down and cooks, it really soaks up the flavors for one incredible dish. 

How long it takes to cook cabbage?

This fried cabbage comes together quickly. Once you cook your bacon and add in the cabbage along with seasonings, within no time you begin to see your cabbage break down and wilt. Then you know it is ready to dish it up to family and guests. I classify this as one quick dish to make when you don’t have a ton of time. 

Southern Fried Cabbage and Bacon

How Long Does Cooked Cabbage Last In Fridge

Fried cabbage and bacon is best when served fresh, but you can indeed refrigerate your leftovers. Allow your cabbage to cool slightly and then place in a container that is airtight. I then wrap with aluminum foil and place in the fridge for up to 3 days. With each day the cabbage will become soggier, so I do recommend cooking it sooner than later. 

Can Cabbage be frozen for later use?

If you don’t plan to use all of your fresh cabbage up, you can freeze what you don’t use. Just cut your cabbage into quarters and then separate the leaves. Place in a sealable freezer bag and freeze for up to 4 weeks. Then when you go to use it, thaw first and then dice and use. It will not have the crisp texture as fresh but works great for putting in soups and stews or making a fried cabbage dish. 

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 the fried cabbage. Grab a skillet and your ingredients and get to work on one outstanding dinner dish to serve up. Southern Fried Cabbage and Bacon

Southern Fried Cabbage and Bacon

Southern Fried Cabbage and Bacon

Yield: 6
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

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


  1. Cut bacon into bite size pieces and Fry in a medium heat until brown and crispy.
  2. Remove bacon and leave grease from bacon in pan
  3. Place Onion and garlic in the pan and fry for 1-2 minutes
  4. Chop up your cabbage into bite size pieces.
  5. Place cabbage in the pan along with spices.
  6. Stir and cook on a medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until cabbage is tender.
  7. Stir bacon back in the pan and mix with the cabbage.
  8. 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

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Sunday 17th of January 2021

Going to try some of these...the look and sound doable as recipes go but pictures also make them look delicious!

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Christopher Keller

Wednesday 6th of January 2021

Add some buttered noodles, and you have the Polish dish called "Haluski". Cooking for a crowd cheaply! :))

Teresa McAdams

Friday 1st of January 2021

This was FANTASTIC! A great addition to New Year's Day fare! Sublime!


Thursday 31st of December 2020

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.