Fried Cabbage with Bacon – Skillet Fried Cabbage with Bacon

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Bacon and cabbage are the perfect combination, and Fried Cabbage with Bacon might be my favorite side dish. This fail-proof recipe tastes just like Mom’s. Pair skillet fried cabbage with bacon along side of steak, chicken or pork, or maybe you’ll just eat it all by itself.  It’s that good!

Fried Cabbage with Bacon Recipe:

There’s something amazing about the combination of cabbage in bacon grease.  The cabbage wilts down and becomes very tender, and crisp bacon bits give a little bite of texture.  This Southern Fried Cabbage recipe has the perfect amount of salt, pepper and a hint of sugar to perfectly complement the dish.

I’m not sure where this recipe originated, but I found it in Granny’s notebook where it had been cut out of a newspaper and paper-clipped to a page. I have several go-to cabbage recipes including Cheesy Cabbage Casserole, Creamed Cabbage and Sweet and Sour Coleslaw, but this is the first time I had found this classic fried bacon and cabbage as a true recipe.

One of the best parts of this recipe is that the leftovers taste even better.  Make some extra for your lunch the next day!

Fried Cabbage without Oil

You don’t need to put oil in your pan for this fried cabbage recipe since you are using bacon.

As bacon slowly cooks in the skillet, the bacon fat renders out into the pan, and then the bacon pieces get crispy.  The bacon grease is the oil in this recipe; no other oil needs to be added.

Use that delicious, flavor-packed bacon grease as the base of this fried cabbage without oil recipe.

You might actually have too much bacon grease in the pan.  If so, do as Grandma did, and save it in a dish in the refrigerator for later.  You can use it to flavor up so many recipes.

The bacon gives so much more flavor than you would have using vegetable oil or olive oil. Bacon grease is what makes this taste like you remember it tasting from Mom or Grandma.

Skillet Fried Cabbage with Bacon Ingredients

What do I need to make fried cabbage?

Green cabbage, chopped

Bacon, diced

Onion, chopped or sliced

Sugar

Salt

Black Pepper

Water

How to Make Southern Fried Bacon and Cabbage:

Instructions:

  1. Fry bacon chunks in a large skillet until crisp; remove bacon onto a paper towel to drain.
  2. Add chopped cabbage, onions, salt, pepper and sugar to the bacon grease; sauté for 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Lower heat to medium low, and add water and bacon.
  4. Cover with a lid; cook, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes.

For the full recipe steps and ingredient amounts for how do I make fried cabbage with bacon grease, scroll to the bottom of this post. 

Notes About Fried Cabbage with Bacon:

  • Use 4-6 slices of bacon for this recipe; it’s up to you!
  • If there’s an excessive amount of bacon grease, you can remove half before adding the cabbage.  Save it for another recipe.
  • Use red or green cabbage, or try Savoy cabbage for an entirely different cabbage recipe.
  • If there’s water left over in the bottom of the pan after 20 minutes, raise the heat again and cook off the liquid with the lid off.
  • I like mine spicy, but if you don’t start with less black pepper!
  • Love a little heat? Try adding hot sauce to taste!
  • This German Red Cabbage Recipe is amazing too.

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Fried Cabbage with Bacon - Skillet Fried Cabbage with Bacon

Bacon and Cabbage are the perfect combination, and Fried Cabbage with Bacon might be my favorite side dish. This fail-proof recipe tastes just like Mom's. Pair it with steak, chicken or pork, or maybe you'll just eat it all by itself.  It's that good!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fried cabbage, fried cabbage and bacon, fried cabbage with bacon, fried cabbage with bacon grease, skillet fried cabbage with bacon, southern bacon fried cabbage
Servings: 8
Calories: 83kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 head green cabbage, roughly chopped
  • 4-6 slices bacon, cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, fry bacon until crisp; remove bacon to paper towels to drain. (If there's an excessive amount of bacon grease, you can pour off half if desired).
    Bacon and cabbage are the perfect combination, and Fried Cabbage with Bacon might be my favorite side dish. This fail-proof recipe tastes just like Mom's. Pair skillet fried cabbage with bacon along side of steak, chicken or pork, or maybe you'll just eat it all by itself. 
  • To the bacon grease, add cabbage, onion, sugar, salt and pepper; saute over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes.
    Bacon and cabbage are the perfect combination, and Fried Cabbage with Bacon might be my favorite side dish. This fail-proof recipe tastes just like Mom's. Pair skillet fried cabbage with bacon along side of steak, chicken or pork, or maybe you'll just eat it all by itself. 
  • Add water and bacon; cover with a lid and reduce heat to medium-low.
    Bacon and cabbage are the perfect combination, and Fried Cabbage with Bacon might be my favorite side dish. This fail-proof recipe tastes just like Mom's. Pair skillet fried cabbage with bacon along side of steak, chicken or pork, or maybe you'll just eat it all by itself. 
  • Cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally or until cabbage is very tender.
    Bacon and cabbage are the perfect combination, and Fried Cabbage with Bacon might be my favorite side dish. This fail-proof recipe tastes just like Mom's. Pair skillet fried cabbage with bacon along side of steak, chicken or pork, or maybe you'll just eat it all by itself. 
  • If there's water left in the bottom of the pan after 20 minutes, remove lid and increase heat until remaining liquid is cooked off.

Notes

  • Use 4-6 slices of bacon for this recipe; it's up to you!
  • If there's an excessive amount of bacon grease, you can remove half before adding the cabbage.  Save it for another recipe. 
  • Use red or green cabbage, or try Savoy cabbage for an entirely different cabbage recipe.
  • If there's water left over in the bottom of the pan after 20 minutes, raise the heat again and cook off the liquid with the lid off.
  • I like mine spicy, but if you don't start with less black pepper!
  • Love a little heat? Try adding hot sauce to taste!
  • This German Red Cabbage Recipe is amazing too. 
  • Have extra cabbage? Try Creamy Cabbage or Cheesy Cabbage Casserole too!

Nutrition

Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 385mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 111IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg

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