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Fried Cabbage With Bacon {Whole30, Paleo, Keto}

A speedy 10-minute low-carb dish, Fried Cabbage With Bacon is a stir-fry recipe that everyone will love! This delicious side dish is Keto, Paleo, and Whole30 compliant.

a blue skillet with fried cabbage with bacon

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Fried Cabbage and Bacon comes together in about 10 minutes which makes it perfect for a busy weeknight. This side dish is stupidly easy and wickedly cheap. But tell everyone it took forever so that they are impressed by you and feel guilty for not cooking.

If you practice the incredibly hip and sexy art of meal prep, then definitely shred/cut the cabbage ahead of time. Also, you’d be the smartest person ever if you were to bake a batch of bacon over the weekend to use in this recipe.

Where Do You Get Whole30 Compliant Bacon?

We love getting back from Butcher Box, but if you need more compliant options, check out this post on Whole30 Bacon Brands.

How to Make Fried Bacon With Cabbage – Step by Step

I’ll walk you through it, but you’ll also find a printable and detailed recipe card at the bottom of the post.

You’re going to start by heating a large skillet over medium heat. Add your bacon. The candy bar of meats.

pieces of cooked bacon in a blue cast iron skillet with a wooden spoon | sustainablecooks.com

Drizzle in the sesame oil, then add the cabbage, celery, and onion, and saute until the cabbage has softened and is starting to reduce in volume. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper.

shredded cabbage and onion in a blue cast iron skillet | sustainablecooks.com
Crunchy Sauteed Cabbage and Bacon and a wooden spoon | sustainablecooks.com

What Are the Health Benefits of Cabbage?

Besides being delicious and a fabulous addition to most dishes, cabbage also has some amazing health properties.

  • It is a significant source of vitamin C. Feel a bit “citrused-out” and not sure you want to eat one more orange? Cabbage is loaded with vitamin C and contains 44% of your daily needs in only 3.5 oz. Like a boss.
  • Fiber. Your body needs fiber to function and feel balanced. Cabbage has 3 grams of dietary fiber and is way yummier than a bowl of boring cereal.
  • Vitamin K (72% of your daily needs) and Vitamin B6 (10% of your daily needs) are also found in the humble and tasty cabbage.

an overherad photo of fried cabbage with bacon in a skillet

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Fried Cabbage with Bacon WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS

One serving has 4 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

Now a quick note about this super tasty dish. This is not something you make on a first date when you want to impress someone. Why? Let’s recap: Cabbage. Onion. Bacon. Those are not first date foods. Those are “I’ve seen you when you have the stomach flu and I still love you” foods.

And I do believe that is why they call this comfort food.

a blue skillet with fried cabbage with bacon
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Fried Cabbage With Bacon {Whole30, Paleo, Keto}

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
A 10-minute low-carb dish, Fried Cabbage With Bacon is a stir-fry recipe that everyone will love! This delicious side dish is Keto, Paleo, and Whole30 compliant.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat a large frying pan over medium heat.
  • Add bacon. If using uncooked bacon, stir frequently until all pieces are almost cooked through. If using precooked bacon, heat ein the skillet enough for the bacon to warm through.
  • Add sesame oil, onion, celery, and cabbage and saute for ~4 minutes, or until the cabbage has softened and is starting to reduce in volume.
  • Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper.

Notes

To make this a speedier weeknight side dish, pre-slice the cabbage, celery, and onion ahead of time.
 
Using bacon you have already cooked and chopped means you can get this ready in 10 minutes tops.
Nutrition Facts
Fried Cabbage With Bacon {Whole30, Paleo, Keto}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 182mg8%
Potassium 308mg9%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Vitamin C 43.1mg52%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This post was originally published in March 2012. It’s been updated with reader feedback, the recipe has been clarified and made printable, and new photos have been included.

 

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32 comments on “Fried Cabbage With Bacon {Whole30, Paleo, Keto}”

  1. Okay, so this is officially my new favorite!

  2. I have been looking for ways to find joy each day to help counteract the less than positive news reports during the pandemic. Trying this recipe out was pure joy. It was the star of the show of our St. Patrick’s Day dinner. Sorry, not sorry, corned beef. Thanks for the delicious recipe, Sarah!

  3. This was amazing!  I thought it sounded great, but my husband had concerns – he doesn’t like onions.  He said he didn’t even notice the onions and he kept going back for more!  I will definitely make this again and again.  Thanks!

  4. I make this all the time I love it.  MIL fried cabbage!  Always a favorite❤️

  5. I made this recipe but added precooked, sliced turkey kielbasa for a complete, one pot meal in about 15 minutes. Delicious! 🙂

  6. I saved a half head of cabbage leftover from our (early) Jiggs dinner just for this recipe! Haven’t made this since last March-can’t wait!

  7. I made this tonight after visiting an old school butcher on a road trip. Bought perfectly cut bacon and followed your recipe…freaking awesome! Oh and while I was making this I also followed your instructions and baked a pan of bacon for tomorrows breakfast. Thank you!

  8. We just made this today with a spare head of cabbage that got lost in the fridge post St. Patrick’s Day. It turned out great! The ratio of bacon to cabbage is the key. We had made a dish similar to this before but didn’t quite achieve the excellent outcome, until now! We also cut the cabbage and onion into smaller pieces so the onions carmelized and the cabbage became one with the bacon. 

    Delicious. Will be having this again!

  9. “Cabbage. Onion. Bacon. Those are not first date foods. Those are “I’ve seen you when you have the stomach flu and I still love you” foods.”

    ….and this is why I love your blog. I even read the whole dang thing and I like cabbage as much as you like mayo!

  10. I just made almost the same dish this past weekend. Instead of leaving it crunchy, I cooked it until the cabbage was soft, browned and sweet. So good! I am pinning your version to try it a new way.