Crispy fried cabbage with bacon is a low-carb lover’s dream!

Chockful of savory cabbage and onions, smoky bacon, and a handful of seasonings, this tasty side dish goes from the stovetop to the tabletop in minutes!

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Easy Savory Side!

  • Fried cabbage with bacon is a hearty alternative to potatoes and pasta and with so many options for add-ins and seasonings, it can be a new recipe every time!
  • Serve on its own as a light dinner or as a tasty side to meatloaf, air fryer chicken breasts, or under a topping of pork bites!
  • Cook up a batch or two of fried cabbage and bacon as a quick and easy side dish, an energizing workday lunch, or even add a scoop or two to a hearty keto hamburger soup or cabbage skillet dish!

4 Ingredients Recipe!

Cabbage: Remove any torn or discolored leaves and cut cabbage into bite-sized pieces so it stays more firm. Mix and match with purple cabbage for more color, if desired.

Bacon: Any variety of bacon will do! Keep the bacon in or switch it out for any kind of smoked summer sausage, Andouille, diced ham, ground beef, or Italian sausage.

Extras: Swirl in a little sour cream before serving for a creamier dish! Bulk up the flavor and texture by adding some finely chopped kale or diced zucchini in Step 3. Spice up the flavors using a homemade spice blend like this garlic herb mix, or even an Italian blend like this one.

Fried cabbage with bacon in a skillet and stirred with a wooden spoon

How To Make Fried Cabbage With Bacon

Cabbage is lightly braised with onions and bacon for an unforgettably easy and tasty dish!

  1. Cook bacon in a skillet. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside (as per recipe below).
  2. Saute the onion and garlic in remaining bacon fat until the onion is softened.
  3. Add cabbage and cook until tender.
  4. Return crumbled bacon to the dish and heat through before serving.

Tips & Tricks!

  • For uniform pieces of cabbage, cut cabbage into 4 pieces and remove the core. Then cut each piece in half (optional) and slice the cabbage into smaller pieces.
  • Refrigerate leftovers in a covered container for up to 4 days, and in the freezer for up to 8-9 months. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave.

Delish Cabbage Recipes To Try!

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Fried Cabbage with Bacon

Make this easy fried cabbage with bacon recipe for a quick and delicious low carb side dish.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly



  • 6 slices bacon chopped
  • ½ cup onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 cups cabbage chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • parsley for garnish optional


  • Cook bacon over medium high heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon and set on a paper towel lined plate.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add onion to the bacon fat in the pan. Cook over medium heat until onion is softened, about 3-5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
  • Add cabbage, cover and cook stirring occasionally until tender, about an 15-20 minutes.
  • Add bacon back to pan, season to taste.


    • Try to cut cabbage as uniform as possible for even cooking.  
    • Keep leftovers refrigerated in a covered container for up to 4 days.
    • Fried cabbage with bacon can be frozen, in a sealed container or zippered freezer bag, for up to 8-9 months.
    • Reheat leftovers, or thawed cabbage with bacon, on the stove or in the microwave until just heated through.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 91IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg

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

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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At Easy Low Carb® we believe that every meal should be full of big bold flavor! From amazing main dishes and simple sides to the best party snacks, reducing carbs doesn’t mean giving up your favorites!
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  1. Tried this recipe last night. My husband LOVED it and the kids liked it too. Win! Win! We didn’t have much for left overs, but my husband did scam those this morning for breakfast and said it was still amazing. We had it with burgers and I thought is was a good pairing.