This fried cabbage with bacon and onions recipe is salty, sweet, buttery, hearty, and so delicious!
This is hands down my absolute favorite cabbage and bacon recipe – super simple, easy, and delicious in just one pan – one of the most delicious dishes you can make to celebrate Saint Patricks Day!
If you love cabbage and bacon (and who doesn’t love bacon?), this recipe is one you will want to tuck into over and over.
Slightly sweet, slightly salty, buttery rich and bursting with crunchy bacon – this pan fried cabbage with bacon is sure to be your next favorite easy side dish!
This keto cabbage dish is naturally low carb – making it a great choice for keto, low carb, paleo, and gluten free diets.
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How to Cut Cabbage
Cutting cabbage is super easy when done the right way – this easy technique will save you frustration and time in the kitchen evenly chopping cabbage!
Start by setting your cabbage head on it’s base.
Using a sharp, long knife, slice in half.
Slice halves into quarters.
Using your knife, cut the bottom stem (the hard, solid interior of the cabbage) out of the cabbage wedges and discard.
Then, slice quarters into 2-3 long wedges.
Cut cabbage into 1-2″ squares.
Discard any floppy or soft outer leaves.
How To Keep Bacon Crunchy
To keep your bacon chewy, crunchy, and delicious in this recipe – but still give the dish tons of bacon flavor – it is important to crisp it and then remove to the side while cabbage cooks.
If you add bacon into the pan and leave it in, it can get soft and soggy – which is harder to eat, and frankly less appetizing.
Just be sure to leave bacon grease in the pan after removing so you can get all that smoky, meaty flavor infused into your cabbage as you cook it!
Add bacon back to pan after much of thee cabbage’s moisture has cooked off – or it will suck up the moisture from the cabbage.
Other Irish Food Recipes You’ll Love:
If you’re in the mood to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with an Irish themed menu, the following recipes are some of my favorites!
The Best Irish Potato Pancakes Ever
Cheesy Sausage Potatoes and Cabbage
The Best Easy Irish Brown Soda Bread Recipe
One Pot Irish Whiskey Glazed Salmon Recipe
The Best Pan Fried Cabbage and Sausage Recipe
Easy and Delicious Caramelized Cabbage & Onions Recipe
Homemade Lucky Charms Treats Recipe
Fried Cabbage with Bacon and Onions Recipe
Fried Cabbage with Bacon and Onions Recipe
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- 4 strips thick cut bacon, diced
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1 onion, diced
- 6 cloves garlic, diced
- 1 head cabbage, diced
- 1 tsp celtic sea salt
- Cut bacon into thick chunks, pan fry until crunchy. Remove from pan and set aside.
- Heat butter in large pan on medium-high heat until melted and foamy.
- Add diced onions to pan, cook until soft and transparent, about 4 minutes. Stir to prevent sticking or burning.
- Add garlic to pan, cook until fragrant and soft, about 3 minutes.
- Add cabbage to pan and toss well to coat in butter.
- Generously season with salt.
- Let cabbage reduce by half, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally as it cooks down to prevent burning and allow it to cook evenly. Add bacon back to pan.
- When cabbage has lost much of it's volume and started to turn shiny, slightly translucent, and has lovely browned bits, it is ready to serve.
- Serve immediately.
- Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days, three months in the freezer.
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 148 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 23mg Sodium: 586mg Carbohydrates: 14g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 7g Protein: 6g