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.
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.
How To Make Fried Cabbage
Fried cabbage with bacon comes together in a quick 25 minutes. Here’s the steps.
- Cook the bacon. Heat a large pan and cook the bacon until it’s perfectly crisp, then remove and set aside.
- Sauté onion. Add the onion and sauté in the bacon grease for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the good stuff. Toss in the garlic, mustard, smoked paprika, salt, pepper and give it a good stir.
- 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.
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.
- Meat: crispy baked chicken thighs, cilantro lime chicken, or slow cooker pulled pork.
- Fish: garlic grilled shrimp skewers, Dijon baked salmon, or baked cod.
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!
- Roasted Broccoli
- Garlic Herb Roasted Potatoes
- Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts
- Green Beans With Shallots And Lemons
- Garlic Ginger Bok Choy
- Honey Glazed Carrots
BEST Fried Cabbage
- 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.
- 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.
- When the cabbage is done it should be soft and starting to caramelize. Then toss the bacon back in together.