Fried Cabbage with Bacon

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A Tasty Cabbage Dish for a Delicious Dinner

This time of year cabbage is usually available for excellent prices, just in time for corned beef and cabbage and St. Patrick’s Day. If you are like me, I usually end up with an extra head or two of cabbage after the dinner and the day are over. This is a perfect and easy recipe for that time–or any time. Fortunately cabbage is a filling addition to your diet all year long.

The first time I tasted this dish I had just come home from the hospital, after giving birth to our daughter. My husband was home with us for a few days, and decided to whip up some lunch. When he put a plate of Fried Cabbage in front of me I was surprised. Then it turned to delight once I tasted it. It’s delicious.

Back then, he used regular bacon–you can too if that is your preference. I nearly always use uncured turkey bacon instead, trying to make it a bit healthier. If you do use regular bacon, you will want to remove all but a spoonful or so of the fat from the pan before adding the cabbage. Then simply cook it until it is done as you like. I prefer mine still a bit crunchy.

It’s another very flexible recipe. It’s easy to size to whatever number you are serving. Plus you can use as much or as little bacon as you want. It gives it such a great flavor. I’ll often make it for myself with just one slice of bacon and the cabbage. Even with that, it has plenty of flavor. Sometimes I use onion, sometimes I don’t. Either way it is a tasty and filling meal!

Nutrition and Calories

The calorie count in this dish will depend on how much you like bacon! An entire head of cabbage has only 290 calories.

I have always thought turkey bacon would save a lot of calories and fat, but it depends greatly on the brand you choose. Some turkey bacon is nearly the same as regular bacon. Jennie-O seems to offer the lowest in those counts with around 20 calories and 0 saturated fat.

Check the labels before you decide. Often center cut bacon is leaner and contains only 60 calories per slice. For the richer, smoky flavor you get with that, it could be a better choice.

Sodium content varies greatly as well if that is of concern to you. Usually turkey bacon contains less than half that of regular bacon. Again, check the labels!

Another option also is uncured bacon, a preference I often have. No matter which you use, if you only use a slice or two, you can see that the calorie count of this dish is surprisingly low for its flavor.

For one serving then, 1/4 cabbage with 2 slices bacon, you can keep the dish under 300 calories.

You’ll find Fried Cabbage with Bacon a filling, satisfying lunch or dinner you can have ready in a minutes.

Fried Cabbage with Bacon


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Serves: 4

  • Ingredients
  • 6 to 8 pieces of bacon
  • 1 head cabbage
  • ¼ cup diced onion, optional
  • Salt and pepper
  • Instructions
  1. Chop cabbage into good sized pieces.
  2. Slice bacon into ½ inch pieces.
  3. Fry bacon on medium heat until nearly done.
  4. Drain off most of the fat at this point, if necessary.
  5. Add cabbage, a bit of salt and pepper, then cook until done, tossing to mix frequently.
  6. Serve hot.

The Calphalon 5 Quart Saute Pan

When I’m cooking cabbage or fixing a stir-fry, a large skillet is a necessity to keep it all contained! This is my favorite. It has a glass lid, so you can see how it’s cooking. It holds plenty, which allows for easier tossing needed in a recipe like this one. The nonstick feature means for most recipes very little oil or butter is used for even, non-stick cooking. So durable too. Mine is over 12 years old and still looks like new.

Best Selling Chef’s Knife from Victorinox

A sharp knife is the other essential for this dish. This one is a bestseller on Amazon! Makes cutting both the bacon and the cabbage quick and easy. You don’t think about how much faster it is to cut until you have a very good knife like this one.

Amount Per Serving
Calories 140 Calories from Fat 70
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 2.5g 13%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 370mg 15%
Potassium 640mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 0g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 200%
Calcium 10%
Iron 15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


Merry Citarella, often writing as Merrci, writes on a wide range of topics. Recently relocated to the Oregon Coast in the northwest United States, she frequently writes travel features on the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She specializes in health and aging, Alzheimer’s Disease, food, lifestyle, and book reviews. For more information you can see her on The Writers’Door. You can read more articles here or at her websites Mystery Suspense Reviews .


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  1. Hi Merry, Although I’m not a huge fan of cabbage, this one looks worth trying!! you had me at the bacon!! Thanks

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