Easy Cabbage with Bacon Recipe (2024)

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Irish Fried Cabbage and Bacon is a simple recipe that's pan-fried in bacon grease and loaded up with bacon pieces and onion and seasoned with brown sugar, salt, and pepper.

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This Irish Fried Cabbage is the side dish you need for St. Patrick’s Day! It’s been perfected with just the right balance of ingredients and has been enjoyed over and over again by readers since 2017!

If you’re a big fan of Colcannon, you can combine this Irish Fried Cabbage with my Mashed Potatoes recipe! And don’t forget to make my Irish Cream No Bake Cookies for dessert!

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Fried Cabbage with Bacon

By paying close attention to detail, I found just the right ingredients to deliver the best Irish Fried Cabbage out there! And if you need reassurance, check out what readers have said about it in the comments section!

This Irish Fried Cabbage is made with bacon, studding it with crisp bacon bits throughout while also adding a deliciously smoky flavor to the dish! The addition of onions, salt, and pepper lends a savory flavor while you enjoy a natural sweetness from the cabbage that’s highlighted with a touch of brown sugar.

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You get all that flavor in this easy-to-follow recipe that’s ready in just 25 minutes! Making it the perfect side dish for all of March, a simple yet flavorful dinner at home, or for the holidays!

If you think you don’t like cabbage, this is the recipe that will change your mind! Between the flavor, texture, and ease of the recipe, it’ll be one that you carry with you from here on out!

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What you’ll need for Fried Cabbage with Bacon

  • Thick bacon and the drippings
  • Diced small onion
  • Shredded green cabbage
  • Light brown sugar
  • Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper
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How To Make Fried Cabbage and Bacon

  1. Cook bacon in a deep cast-iron skillet until crisp. Then transfer the bacon pieces to a paper towel-lined plate but leave the drippings in the pan.
  2. Add the diced onions to the drippings and cook them until they become translucent.
  3. Stir in the shredded cabbage. Afterward, add in the brown sugar, salt, and pepper and cook until the cabbage becomes tender.
  4. Add the bacon back into the pan with the cabbage and cook the mixture together.
  5. Serve hot and enjoy!
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What to serve with Cabbage and Bacon?

You can serve this with anything, anytime! Try it with Corned Beef, Ham, Skillet Baked Pork Chops, or even with Air Fryer Steak!

Fried Cabbage and Bacon Recipe FAQs

Can I Used Leftover Boiled Cabbage In This Recipe?

Absolutely, that’s such a great way to repurpose leftovers into a new tasty dish! The only thing I would recommend doing is reducing the cooking time.

Could I Leave The Brown Sugar Out Of This Fried Cabbage?

I actually find that the brown sugar adds a great depth of flavor to the recipe. However, if you’d like to leave it out you certainly can.

How to store this Cabbage Bacon Recipe

Just tightly cover them and store them in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. When you’re ready to enjoy the fried cabbage again you can reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave.

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Irish Fried Cabbage Bacon Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes minutes

Total Time 25 minutes minutes

Irish Fried Cabbage and Bacon is a simple recipe that’s pan-fried in bacon grease and loaded up with bacon pieces and onion and seasoned with brown sugar, salt, and pepper.


  • 6 ounces thick bacon and drippings
  • ½ small onion diced
  • ½ head green cabbage shredded
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar packed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Cook bacon in a deep cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, about 4 to 6 minutes. Use a slotted spatula to remove the bacon pieces and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

  • Add the diced onion to the bacon drippings and cook until translucent, about 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Add shredded cabbage to the pan and toss to coat. Add in brown sugar, salt, and pepper and cook until cabbage is tender, about 5 to 7 minutes.

  • Add the bacon back to the cabbage and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Serve hot and season with additional salt and pepper if desired.



  • Brown sugar can be left out if desired.
  • Leftover boiled cabbage can also be used, reduce cooking time.
  • This recipe is common in many regions with many variations, this one is mine.


Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 198mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 28.4mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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  1. Pam says

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    This is so easy to make and my family loves it. I first tried it foe St.Patricks day a few years ago and it has been a hit ever since


  2. M J says

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    I have friends that throw holiday parties with 20 – 50 people. I found this recipe for the cabbage to compliment the main entry, Shepard’s Pie being served. The recipe was easy and quick to make. I cooked it for a longer time for the cabbage to cook to a softer texture. Everyone LOVED IT!! I will be making it again next year, but tripling the recipe since so many people raved about Irish Fried Cabbage with Bacon. YUM!


  3. Cathy Willson says

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    Very good for a group meal. I will make this again!


  4. Kelly says

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    I have made this for the past three years. Even the non cabbage eaters eat this! DELICIOUS! Thank you for sharing this recipe with us!


    • Rebecca Hubbell says

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      So glad everyone enjoys it!


  5. Becky says

    I was wondering what is the serving size? I have to track macros very carefully so I would like to know how your calculations are balanced. Thank you so much. The recipe does seem like such a great one. I would love to try it!


  6. Sharon says

    How much is a serving in this recipe? 4 oz or 8 oz?


  7. Chrisy says

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    Love Irish classics like these! Plus, there’s *bacon* 😀 Can’t wait to try your recipe!


  8. Janie Sheehan says

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    My Grandmother made this and made a big pan of mashed potatoes and then mixed the two together, with green onions. Her version of colcannon which I make to this day. So good.


    • Rebecca says

      I love colcannon, it’s such a great way to use fried cabbage!


  9. Melody says

    One add-in idea: after removing cooked bacon pieces, add Turmeric to the bacon fat, stir well, then continue with recipe instructions. Turmeric is Very healthy for you! My husband’s Dr. says Turmeric coats the brain neurons preventing Alzheimer’s & Dementia. Also aids in preventing inflammation & lowering high Blood pressure.


  10. Mel says

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    My husband and i were in Ireland for right at 3 years.. Actually steamed cabbage and ham (bacon) with no additives. Very delic the best served to us had to be in the town of Mallow @ The Gallery ❤ if visiting a must try!


    • Rebecca says

      I will have to look it up and see if I’ll be nearby when I’m back in Ireland in the fall!


  11. Marietta says

    I make this and add a can of fixed tomatoes


  12. JB says

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    I just made this! So delicious!


    • Rebecca says

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, JB!


  13. Marta says

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    Also delicious if made with a little bit of garlic and a pinch of marjoram! (but without the brown sugar in that case)


  14. Joan Anderson says

    Looks delicious! Could you also use red cabbage in this recipe?


    • Rebecca says

      Hi Joan, I’m not sure as I’ve never tried it. Red cabbage isn’t as sweet after cooking as green cabbage, so you could definitely try it out if you want, just may need to add a little more sugar.


      • Heather Dean says

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        Thankyou Rebecca for great recipes. Keep up the great work ! Yours Truly, Heathet Dean.xox

  15. Supriya Kutty says

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    Hi Rebecca, This is Awesome Recipe. I tried your Recipe and it Worked Well So Thank you for Sharing this.


    • Rebecca says

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!


  16. Edith Grimstead says

    I love cabbage just about any way!!This recipe sounds yummy!!


    • Rebecca says

      I hope you get a chance to enjoy it soon!


      • Irene says

        My Mother in law taught me how to make this 40 yr ago..
        Real soul food..the two of us could finish off a pan full ?

      • Rebecca says

        It’s such a classic recipe in so many parts of the world!

  17. Linda Williams says

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What is bacon and cabbage made of? ›

Bacon and cabbage (Irish: bagún agus cabáiste) is a dish traditionally associated with Ireland. The dish consists of sliced back bacon boiled with cabbage and potatoes. Smoked bacon is sometimes used. The dish is served with the bacon sliced, and with some of the boiling juices added.

What are 3 ways you can eat cabbage? ›

Cabbage is among the most versatile vegetables. It can be served raw as a crunchy coleslaw, braised on the stove, roasted in the oven, cooked in the slow cooker or even grilled like a steak.

How do you cook cabbage without making it soggy? ›

To work the magic of osmosis on your cabbage you'll need to shred all of it first. Then, put it in a bowl with a tablespoon of salt per head of cabbage used and let it rest for one to two hours. Then drain off the water, and dry your cabbage with a paper towel before continuing with your recipe.

Is fried cabbage healthy to eat? ›

As soon as the cabbage is tender and browned like the photos, it's ready to serve! This healthy Sautéed Cabbage is low in calories (just 77 per serving!). It also offers tons of vitamin C and fiber. Plus, it's rich in antioxidants, which may help reduce inflammation.

How do you cut cabbage for bacon and cabbage? ›

Slice cabbage across the grain into thin shreds. If necessary, wash it quickly in cold water. About 20 minutes before the end of cooking the bacon, add shredded cabbage to the pot of simmering bacon.

Why is cooked cabbage so good? ›

The vitamin C found in cabbage is good for your whole body. Not only is it an antioxidant that fights free radicals, but it also helps to fight heart disease, cancer, and even the common cold. Vitamin C also helps your body to absorb the iron it needs. Stronger bones.

What is the healthiest way to eat cabbage? ›

Although you get different nutrients if you cook or ferment it, raw red cabbage in particular might give you the best nutritional boost per serving. Slice it very thinly and leave it for about 10 minutes to help bring out the fullest, most complex flavors. Then add it to salads or sandwiches or turn it into coleslaw.

What meat goes well with cabbage? ›

Meat: Cabbage pairs well with a variety of meats such as bacon, sausage, ham, pork, and beef. Onions and Garlic: These add a nice depth of flavour when sautéed or roasted with cabbage.

What is the best way to consume cabbage? ›

Raw: Eating raw cabbage in salads or coleslaw is a great way to preserve its nutrients, including vitamin C and fiber. Combine shredded cabbage with other vegetables, fruits, and a light vinaigrette dressing for a refreshing and crunchy dish. Steamed: Steaming cabbage retains its nutrients while softening it slightly.

Why do you put vinegar in cabbage when boiling it? ›

Green is the heartiest variety; it takes well to all cooking methods. Red can turn a funny blue color when cooked, so it's best used raw. If you do want to cook it, add a touch of acid like lemon juice or vinegar to lessen the effect. Savoy can be used in any recipe that calls for green cabbage.

What does baking soda do to cabbage? ›

Baking soda does help green vegetables retain color, but it causes undesirable color changes in red cabbage—it turned blue. The science can be distilled to this: Adding baking soda to cooking water makes it slightly alkaline, which stabilizes the green color of chlorophyll.

Why do you soak cabbage before cooking? ›

Crisp it up: Shredded cabbage stays perky if it's soaked in cold water.

How long does cabbage last in the fridge? ›

Wrapped tightly in plastic, a head of cabbage will keep for about two weeks in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. Once cut, use cabbage within 2-3 days. Cover and refrigerate cooked cabbage within two hours of cooking and use within 3-5 days.

Is cabbage an anti inflammatory? ›

Crushed cabbage leaves are one of the most widely used anti-inflammatory remedies in Polish folk medicine. Cabbage, due to its specific properties, has been used in natural medicine mainly for rheumatic pain, vein and lymphatic vessel inflammation, bruises, sprains, mastitis or gastrointestinal problems.

How do you relieve gas from cabbage? ›

Cabbage contains an insoluble sugar and a lot of fiber. These can cause gas in some people. However, there are some herbs that might be useful, cooked with the cabbage, to reduce the amount of gas. These include dill seed, sage, caraway, basil, oregano, ginger, fennel, and allspice.

What is the history of bacon and cabbage in Ireland? ›

Historical Significance: Bacon and Cabbage wasn't just a meal; it was a reflection of Ireland's agricultural landscape. Families across the country would gather around the table to enjoy this dish, embodying a sense of community and togetherness.

What part of the animal is beef bacon? ›

Steers have some mighty belly meat that transforms into incredibly flavorful bacon. The beef belly is better known by its industry term – navel. The navel cut is what the brisket joins into, just a little further down the body.

What are the health benefits of cabbage and bacon? ›

What are the health benefits of Simply cook savoy cabbage and bacon? This simple side is packed with vitamin K for your blood, bones, arteries and cells. Try adding some finely chopped onions and a little garlic powder for a sweeter flavour.

What does an Irish breakfast look like? ›

A traditional full Irish breakfast comprises bacon, sausage, eggs, potatoes, beans, soda bread or toast, tomatoes, mushrooms, and white or black pudding.


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