The Fried Cabbage Recipe (That You Can't Resist!) (2024)

This delicious Fried Cabbage Recipe is a staple in my house. Whether you make it with fresh cabbage during the Spring or Fall you’re going to love it!

This fried cabbage recipe is made more times than I can count in my house for dinner. I am a lover of all things fresh from the garden, anything that’s green and growing becomes a side dish.

The ingredients in the recipe are pretty much staples in this house which makes it a very easy recipe to make anytime of the year. The good news is cabbage is in-season year-round also!

I always have bacon in the refrigerator, my preference is thick cut bacon. If you prefer using thin cut, use it. You’re going to need a large frying pan for the recipe. I have both a stainless steel frying pan and cast iron frying pans, either type will work wonderfully when cooking the cabbage. Just remember that cast iron will cook hotter than a stainless steel pan because of the dark color. Let’s gather the ingredients for this delicious cabbage side dish and make it together.

Fried Cabbage Ingredients:

  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled (reserve the bacon grease to use in the recipe)
  • 1 small to medium head of cabbage
  • one white onion, chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon sugar

Fried Cabbage Recipe Steps

Step One

Place 6 slices of bacon (thin or thick cut) in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry the bacon until it’s thoroughly cooked through, Remove the bacon from the pan to paper towels to cool and keep all the bacon grease from frying the bacon in the pan. When the bacon has cooled, crumble it and set it aside. Voila, step one of your fried cabbage recipe is done!

Step Two

Core your cabbage head, remove any blemished outer leaves and slice the head into wedges, cut each wedge up into diced cabbage pieces. Place the pan with the bacon grease in it under medium heat on your stove. Add the diced cabbage, onion and sugar to the pan with the bacon grease. Using a spatula, turn the cabbage in the pan to coat it with bacon grease.

Cook the cabbage until it wilts down and becomes soft. You can either cook the cabbage down until it’s just soft, or take it one step farther and cook it till it browns slightly. That’s your decision, I like the cabbage browned slightly. I feel like when it’s cooked to slightly browned , it just adds one more layer of flavor to the dish.

When I Make The Recipe I sometimes Have More Diced Cabbage Than Will Fit in The Frying Pan When I Start The Recipe, What Do I do?

This happens to me almost every time I make Fried Cabbage. It’s not because my pan is to small, it’s because I get a huge head of cabbage at the grocery store.

The fried cabbage recipe uses a medium head, I’ll come home with a cabbage that’s the size of a bowling ball. My remedy for this is to fill the pan with diced cabbage until it is about 3/4 full. You want enough room in the pan so you can get a spatula in it and turn the cabbage without the cabbage spilling out of the pan while your trying to turn it.

As the first batch of cabbage starts to cook and wilt down, add more cabbage to the pan. Continue cooking and adding cabbage to the pan this way until all the cabbage is in the pan.

Step Three

When all the fried cabbage is in the frying pan, soften and wilted to your satisfaction, add the crumbled bacon to the pan and fold it into the fried cabbage. Always add the already cooked bacon at the end of the cooking time for the cabbage. Don’t add it in the beginning of the recipe while cooking the cabbage, you’ll run the risk of it cooking more and burning it. Salt and pepper the dish to your taste and serve. Place any leftover cooled cabbage in a bowl covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator.

This delicious cabbage side dish is “WHAT’S FOR DINNER”?! And you’re going to LOVE IT!

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Fried Cabbage

This fried cabbage recipe is easy and delicious. It's the perfect way to use your fresh from the garden cabbage heads

Prep Time20 minutes mins

Cook Time20 minutes mins

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: American

Keyword: baked cabbage, fried cabbage, Mexican Side Dish

Servings: 6


  • 6 slices thin or thick cut bacon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 medium cabbage head with the core removed, shredded, then cut into small pieces
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 Teaspoon white sugar


  • Place the 6 slices of bacon into a large frying pan over medium heat. Fry the bacon until it's fully cooked through. Remove the cooked bacon from the frying pan , reserving the bacon grease in the pan. When the bacon has cooled, crumble it and set it to the side.

    Add the shredded cabbage , diced onion and sugar to the pan with the bacon grease. Cook the cabbage and onions in the pan, turning the cabbage with a spatula until it wilts down and becomes soft. Continue cooking if you like until it browns slightly. Add the crumbled bacon to the pan and mix it in by folding it into the cabbage with a spatula. Salt and pepper the cabbage to taste before serving.


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