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Fried Cabbage with Bacon (One Pot)

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Quick and easy fried cabbage recipe with bacon, made with simple ingredients in one pot on stovetop. This 30 minute Southern side dish is popular on St.Patrick’s Day.

Since you guys loved my one pot bacon pasta, I think you would also love this one pot fried cabbage with bacon recipe too.

Fried cabbage recipes

There are many variations of this recipe. Some people make it with potatoes. Other make it with chicken or bacon or sausages. There are also some people who make it without any meat, whatsoever.
Also, some people prefer their cabbage to retain its firm texture but others like to pan-fry it for longer and make it softer.

Easy Fried Cabbage Recipe

Cabbage stir fry/ Stir fry cabbage

It’s quick, easy, ready in less than 30 minutes with minimal mess and requires just one pot/pan.

Chicken Cabbage Stir Fry

Instead of bacon, cook 1 cup some small boneless chicken breast pieces and use that in this recipe.

Fried cabbage and sausage

Instead of bacon, cook 1 cup sliced sausages and use that in this recipe.

Fried cabbage and potatoes

Stir fry small cubes of potatoes with some salt and pepper and mix that into the cabbage at the end.

Fried cabbage without bacon

Omit the bacon and use 4-5 tbsp unsalted butter to counter the lack of bacon grease.

One Pan Cabbage Stir Fry Recipe

How to make fried cabbage?

  1. Cook the bacon and keep it aside.
  2. In the same pot and the same bacon grease, add the cabbage and spices and cook until tender.
  3. Mix in the cooked bacon and you are done.

What is fried cabbage?

Fried cabbage is a side dish that is typically served on St.Patrick’s Day with corned beef.

How do you pan fry cabbage on the stove? How to fry cabbage?

The best method is “pan-frying” so that it does not become too greasy.

  1. Heat oil or butter butter in a large nonstick pan over medium high heat.
  2. Then, add shredded cabbage, salt, pepper.
  3. Saute for a few minutes until the cabbage is tender.
  4. If you like, you can mix in cooked bacon, chicken, sausage and you are done.

One Pot Fried Cabbage with Bacon Recipe

Tips for Southern fried cabbage:

  • Any type of bacon can be used in this recipe- regular, turkey or even vegan.
  • If you are using turkey bacon or vegan bacon, just remember they are not very oily and additional oil must be added.
  • Instead of bacon, sausage can be used as well.
  • Use a non-stick pan to prevent sticking and burning.
  • Be sure to finely chop your onions because no one likes big chunks of onions and they will also blend together much better with the cabbage.
  • Don’t discard the bacon drippings! It adds so much flavor in this recipe.
  • Some people discard a bit of the drippings to prevent this cabbage recipe from becoming “too greasy.”
  • Don’t over-cook the cabbage because it will become too soft and limp. You want the cabbage to retain some of its firmness.
  • Brown sugar is optional. It just adds a subtle sweetness.

Other One Pot Side Dishes:

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Fried Cabbage with Bacon

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Quick and easy fried cabbage recipe with bacon, made with simple ingredients in one pot on stovetop. This 30 minute Irish side dish is very popular on St.Patrick's Day. 
Yield: 4 People



  • Cook bacon in a nonstick pot/pan over medium high heat until crisp.
  • Remove the bacon and place it on plate but do not discard the bacon grease and drippings!
  • In the same pan, add onion and cook until translucent.
  • Add cabbage, brown sugar, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and mix everything together. Cook for about 7 minutes or until cabbage is tender.
  • Add bacon back into the pan and mix everything together.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Tastes best when served fresh but leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days. 


Calories: 160kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 203mg, Potassium: 266mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 175IU, Vitamin C: 42.5mg, Calcium: 48mg, Iron: 0.6mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Irish
Calories: 160
Author: Abeer

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9 comments on “Fried Cabbage with Bacon (One Pot)”

  1. Bacon was definitely a nice touch, looks so tasty!

  2. I’ve got to try this take on cabbage! I bet the bacon is an amazing touch!

  3. I think cabbage is such an under-used vegetable! It’s one of my favorites, I’ll definitely be trying this!

  4. I have never had fried cabbage! but now I’m craving it!

  5. It looks really good! Would love to give it a try!

  6. Love this healthy option! This looks perfect!

  7. This might be the only way to eat cabbage!

  8. This is my favorite cabbage recipe! I thought there might be something special here from the picture, because the cooked cabbage still looks so crispy and green. Every other recipe I have tried (and their picture!) seems to produce soggy, washed out, limp cabbage. This is wonderful. Have cooked this a few times now, and it’s great every time. My teens approve also.

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