Fried Cabbage with Bacon

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Fried Cabbage is a delightful vegetable dish that is warm, filling, and a nice change from green beans! It is cooked in very little oil, it’s really easy to make, and it cooks quickly with very little of your attention — just a few stirs!

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Fried Cabbage

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Here’s a delightful vegetable dish that is warm, filling, and a nice change from green beans! Fried cabbage is actually cooked in very little oil, it’s really easy to make, and it cooks quickly with very little of your attention — just a few stirs!

You can make this fried cabbage with sausage or bacon – either choice will give you a delicious meaty flavor and will add some protein to the dish. If you choose sausage, consider using one like kielbasa or smoked turkey sausage, and then cutting it into ¼ inch cubes before cooking it lightly. You can use, hot, medium, or mild sausage depending on your own taste.

Keep in mind that if you use pre-cooked sausage, lightly cook the meat in 1-2 tablespoons of cooking oil so that you will have enough drippings to cook the cabbage and vegetables.

This recipe is actually very close to stir fried cabbage because of the fairly low oil needed, and because you should stir the dish at least a few times throughout the cooking time. I really like to make this fried cabbage in a large cast iron skillet (as opposed to a stainless steel or non-stick skillet) because I think that cast iron adds a bit more hearty flavor to the dish. You can of course choose any good-sized skillet.

Here are just a few additional tips for making this fried cabbage:

  • You can easily keep this dish vegetarian by eliminating the meat and using 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (canola or safflower are great!) in place of the meat drippings.
  • You can cook the cabbage to your desired level of doneness, as some people like cabbage extremely well-cooked, while others prefer a little firmer texture to this vegetable.
  • When preparing with sausage or bacon, you can sprinkle the meat on top, or even stir it right in, just before serving!

Change up your vegetable routine with this great tasting fried cabbage! You can make this dish quickly and easily, and it will most likely become a regular feature in your household!

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3 from 2 votes
Servings: 6 servings
Fried Cabbage
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fried Cabbage

Here’s a delightful vegetable dish that is warm, filling, and a nice change from green beans! Fried cabbage is actually cooked in very little oil, it’s really easy to make, and it cooks quickly with very little of your attention — just a few stirs!

Ingredients
  • 6 slices bacon chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 6-8 cups cabbage chopped
  • 3/4 cup carrots diced
  • 2-3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon, reserve drippings, and set aside.

  2. Add butter to the drippings and cook onion until tender, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add cabbage, carrot, salt, and pepper.  Cook about 5 minutes.  Add sugar and water.  Let cook until cabbage is softened, about 15 minutes. 

  4. Sprinkle with bacon before serving.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 145, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 19mg, Sodium: 381mg, Potassium: 250mg, Carbohydrates: 8g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Protein: 4g, Vitamin A: 56%, Vitamin C: 34.8%, Calcium: 4.1%, Iron: 2.9%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Fried Cabbage is a delightful vegetable dish that is warm, filling, and a nice change from green beans! It is cooked in very little oil, it’s really easy to make, and it cooks quickly with very little of your attention -- just a few stirs!

Fried Cabbage is a delightful vegetable dish that is warm, filling, and a nice change from green beans! It is cooked in very little oil, it’s really easy to make, and it cooks quickly with very little of your attention -- just a few stirs!

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7 comments on “Fried Cabbage with Bacon”

  1. Try adding a bit of lemon juice just before serving. Brightens the flavor and cuts the greasiness of the bacon. Just a teaspoon or so. My Polish granny taught me that trick.

  2. Do you have to add sugar to it?

    • The sugar is a very small amount. I’ve only tried the recipe as written, but think that you can leave it out if you prefer. Enjoy Terri!

  3. try it with egg noodles too it is awesome

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