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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.
5 from 5 votes

BEST Fried Cabbage

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
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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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14 comments on “Fried Cabbage”

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

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

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

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

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

  7. 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.