Fried Cabbage

Fried cabbage is one hearty, and flavorful low-carb side dish. Cabbage is sautéed until buttery tender, then mixed with bacon and mustard for a delicious smoky flavor.

Fried cabbage in a pan with a serving spoon on a table.

Let’s just say, this dish kicks my sautéed cabbage recipe up a notch. All thanks to the addition of bacon, mustard, and a dash of paprika. With these rich and cozy flavors, fried cabbage (a much loved Southern recipe) always brings back a sense of nostalgia. Making it the perfect side to round out your comfort food meals.

Ingredients For The Best Fried Cabbage Recipe

You won’t believe how flavorful this is with just a few simple pantry staples.

  • Cabbage: you could use any color cabbage, though I always opt for green.
  • Bacon: adds that delicious smoky, savory flavor that’s unmistakable.
  • Onion and Garlic: essentials for an aromatic flavor.
  • Mustard: I’m using stone ground mustard for richer taste, but you can also use Dijon mustard.
  • Paprika: I’m using smoked paprika but you could use sweet paprika as well.
  • Salt and Pepper: a sprinkle for seasoning.

Ingredients for fried cabbage sliced and diced on a cutting board.

How To Make Fried Cabbage

Fried cabbage with bacon comes together in a quick 25 minutes. Here’s the steps.

  1. Cook the bacon. Heat a large pan and cook the bacon until it’s perfectly crisp, then remove and set aside.
  2. Sauté onion. Add the onion and sauté in the bacon grease for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the good stuff. Toss in the garlic, mustard, smoked paprika, salt, pepper and give it a good stir.
  4. In goes the cabbage. Add the sliced cabbage on top and sauté everything together. Cook for 12-15 minutes until the cabbage becomes caramelized. Then toss the bacon bits back in.

Sauteing bacon and onions in a pan on the stove.

Sauteed cabbage in a pan on the stovetop.

Fried Cabbage Variations

  • Switch up the seasonings: use chili powder or cajun seasoning for a slightly different spice.
  • Add a hint of sweetness: with a teaspoon of coconut sugar or a drizzle of honey.
  • Switch up the meat: feel free to use any type of smoked sausage. Just slice or dice it up into pieces.

What To Eat With Southern Fried Cabbage

I’ve been known to eat fried cabbage on its own – because it’s that good. But it tastes even better when paired with a hearty protein. Here’s a few options.

A closeup of a spoonful of fried cabbage.

Storing Leftovers

Just like most sautéed or roasted vegetables, they make for a great meal prep option. Simply prep on a Sunday and store away in containers.

To Store: Place the fried cabbage in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge.

To Meal Prep: Store this in a container inside the fridge. When you’re ready to eat, simply microwave it or give it a quick sauté in the pan.

More Easy Side Dishes

You can never have too many side dish options ready for quick and easy dinners. Give the below ones a try!

And if you love cabbage….don’t forget my classic coleslaw and vinegar coleslaw recipes.

Fried cabbage in a stainless steel pan.

BEST Fried Cabbage

5 from 25 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
Fried cabbage is one flavorful and keto friendly side dish that's filled with tender cabbage, crispy bacon and tons of seasonings.


  • 6 pieces bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons stone ground mustard, or Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 head cabbage, sliced and chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Heat a large pan on medium heat and add the sliced bacon. Cook until crispy, then removed to a paper towel lined plate.
    Cooking bacon pieces in a pan.
  • Add the onion and saute for 2-3 minutes, or until it's translucent.
  • Add the garlic, mustard, smoked paprika, salt and pepper and give it a stir to combine. Then place the sliced cabbage on top and use a large spoon or tongs to stir and saute together for another 12-15 minutes.
    Fried cabbage in a pan on the stove.
  • When the cabbage is done it should be soft and starting to caramelize. Then toss the bacon back in together.

Lisa's Tips

To Store: Place the fried cabbage in an air-tight container for up to 5 days in the fridge.
To Meal Prep: Store this in a container inside the fridge. When you're ready to eat, simply microwave it or give it a quick sauté in the pan.


Calories: 143kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 231mg, Potassium: 341mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 189IU, Vitamin C: 57mg, Calcium: 70mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Irish
Keyword: Cabbage Recipe, Fried Cabbage, Sauteed cabbage
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56 comments on “Fried Cabbage”

  1. Delicious!  Especially after staying in fridge overnight. I was out of smoked paprika so I substituted chili powder and liked the spicy flavor. Will definitely make it again. 5 stars

  2. Yummy and I like it because its low carb. I used it as a side dish with chicken thighs, also some rice because not everyone likes cabbage. Would make again !!5 stars

  3. I made the fried cabbage, bacon and onion  tonight .  It was outstanding. I had it with a piece of cornbread. I could eat this every week!

  4. I read this recipe and thought this sounds interesting, not sure how these flavors are going to work. Read the reviews and decided to try it.. To my surprise it was delicious! Definitely keeping this recipe.5 stars

  5. This is so delicious! I switched bacon for German sausage. Love your recipes and that I can get creative with ingredients using your recipes. 5 stars

  6. A new way for me to cook cabbage, and the result was delicious !5 stars

  7. So good. Now I am dreaming of growing cabbage in my garden too. Thanks for sharing this the mustard and paprika was a nice touch.5 stars

  8. Wonderful smokey flavor5 stars

  9. Looking forward to making this Lisa. Can Napa cabbage be used?

  10. Left the bacon out and still delicious!5 stars

  11. Looks like a great recipe. I had a friend from China who taught me to cook cabbage with equal parts cumin, coriander, and Turmeric. Whether i wanted 1 tsp or tablespoons, etc just to taste but equal parts. Saute took it’s the texture you like.5 stars

  12. I used smoke sausage intead of bacon and the mustard made it over the top good! And so easy and low carb! This one will be added to my meal rotation.5 stars

  13. I added a teaspoon of brown sugar during the garlic, paprika and dijon. My children fought over eating it! Just delicious!!5 stars

  14. Just delicious!!5 stars

  15. Made this today! I cut the recipe in half and it was just perfect! So delicious that I had it for breakfast and topped it with a fried egg :) this will be a whole30 staple for me I can already tell!5 stars

  16. I’ve made this several times already, because it is SO good! Today I didn’t have any cabbage. What I did have was a HUGE amount of Brussels sprouts. I thought, “Why not?” It was not a mistake. Thanks for the yummy veggie recipe, Lisa!5 stars

  17. I had these ingredients that I needed to use up in my refrigerator and wow did this hit the spot! Quick and easy! I used coleslaw in a bag. Will put this on a regular rotation.5 stars

  18. This dish is so simple and delicious. I meal prepped it as a side for my lunches and I can’t wait to do it again.5 stars

  19. Added andouille sausage to make it a meal and it was delicious! 5 stars

  20. We enjoyed this recipe very much! “Planned-over” ham pieces worked equally well as bacon (since it was pre-cooked in some bacon fat), but everything else was made per your recipe. We found it to be a very satisfying dish with a nice balance of flavors, textures and colors. Economical to make as well. We’ll be making it frequently. Thanks for creating/posting this recipe.5 stars

  21. Loved this recipe!  The whole family gobbled it down. A great veggie with any Sunday night dinner!5 stars

  22. This recipe arrive at the perfect time. I was left with a whole cabbage and didn’t know what to do with it, then BAM! Love this recipe its easy, simple, and tasty. We had it for breakfast so we topped it off with poached eggs. Thanks for the cabbage rescue!5 stars

  23. This cabbage was absolutely delicious (as all of Lisa’s recipes are)!  Make it, you will love it.  The bacon puts it over the top.5 stars

  24. Thank you Lisa! Can’t wait to try this! Do you think it would work with red cabbage?

  25. At what point to I add the bacon back?

  26. My husband loves cabbage especially my picky son! They are going to love this recipe! I can’t wait to make this tonight!5 stars

  27. I have made this and I have to say it is DELICIOUS. So tasty and it cooks so quickly.5 stars

  28. Cabbage can be so under-rated. I love them in stir-fry or as cabbage steaks. This recipe sounds so delicious and easy. I have to try it.5 stars