Bacon Lover's Southern Fried Cabbage


Bacon Lover's Southern Fried Cabbage

Bacon Lovers Southern Fried Cabbage
Bacon Lover's Southern Fried Cabbage

Bacon Lover's Southern Fried Cabbage is an excellent side dish that will complement many meals. Made with simple, yet delightful flavors, this easy fried cabbage recipe is one that you're sure to get asked to make again and again. Butter makes everything a little better and bacon, well bacon is the cure to most of life's ailments -- at least regarding food. Cabbage has the ability to soak up many different flavors, and the smoky, crunchy, buttery flavor of this Southern-style dish is sure to become one of your most beloved recipes in no time. This dish is casual and easy enough to prepare for a week night meal, however, it's also a nice addition to any holiday spread.


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Cooking Time30 min

Cooking MethodSkillet

Cooking Vessel Size10-inch skillet


  • 4 strips bacon, cut into -inch pieces
  • 1 head cabbage, about 3 pounds
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg (optional)


  1. In a 10-inch skillet over medium high heat, cook the bacon until it is slightly crisp. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon onto paper towels to drain; set aside.

  2. In the same pan, melt the butter and saute the onion until soft, then add the cabbage and spices. Toss to coat the cabbage then reduce heat to low and cover. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes.

  3. Add the reserved bacon and toss before serving.

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We always plant a lot of cabbage in our garden, but I don't nearly enough cabbage recipes to really enjoy it. I love that I found this! And then with bacon? I bet this will be delicious! I would probably not use the Nutmeg, but the rest of the ingredients sound wonderful! Now I can't wait to have my cabbage from the garden!

Omg yum! Bacon has never really been my thing but, when you toss in some butter and cabbage and I'm in. You can probably even use some sliced spicy smoked sausage or chunks of your favorite ham in this recipe too if you wanted, to convert it from a side dish to a hearty meal.

What a tasty little side dish! My wife and I both love cabbage and bacon, and it honestly never occurred to us to fry them together. I like the idea of using bok choy in place of regular cabbage, and I think a combination of the two would be interesting to try.

If you're going to fry cabbage, it's got to be in butter! There's something about the two together that makes them both better. I only add a little bacon, just enough to add flavor but not overpower the cabbage, and a little chopped sweet onion, too. Bok Choy cabbage is good for a little change of pace. If you want to save time, just buy a bag of coleslaw in the produce section, the chunkier cut, not angel hair.

I'm not much of a cabbage lover, but add bacon to it and apparently I love it! Definitely a great side dish!

I've never thought of combining fried cabbage and bacon before, but it's a tasty combination!


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