A deliciously easy side dish, this southern Bacon Fried Cabbage is full of flavor, doesn’t require many ingredients and is the perfect comfort food!
A SOUTHERN BACON CABBAGE RECIPE
Are you a cabbage fan? I am, especially when it comes to this Bacon Fried Cabbage. Cabbage is such a humble vegetable that many cultures, especially Eastern European cultures, use it as a staple side dish and use it in a variety of ways. I have always loved fried cabbage and we have been making this recipe for generations and my family loves it! With a slightly sweet and salty flavor, it really is irresistible! If you are looking for for a delicious cabbage side dish, then you absolutely must make this Bacon Fried Cabbage recipe!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Of course. I add just a touch of brown sugar because I think it really complements the flavor of the cabbage but you can certainly leave it out.
This will equate to about 10 cups diced cabbage or one medium sized head.
Just your standard green cabbage is used for this recipe but you can also use red cabbage for this recipe and it is still amazing.
There is a little bit of crunch in the cabbage. If you prefer a soft and more wilted cabbage, just cook it for longer and test the texture as you go.
If you want to add a little spice to the sweet and salty flavors, try adding a pinch of cayenne or red pepper flakes!
This will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. It can also be frozen! To do this, place the cabbage in a freezer-safe container and it will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. To defrost, place in the refrigerator overnight then reheat on the stovetop or microwave.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)
- thick-cut bacon
- apple cider vinegar
- light brown sugar
- seasoned salt
- salted butter
HOW TO COOK FRIED CABBAGE AND BACON:
In a dutch oven or large skillet with deep sides, cook the bacon until crispy over medium heat for about 12-15 minutes. Drain bacon on a paper-towel lined plate.
Reserve ¼ cup of the bacon fat in the pan. Add the onions and cook until translucent, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Then add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.
Add the cabbage, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, seasoned salt, and black pepper. Stir to combine.
Continue to cook, stirring occasionally until tender, 10-15 minutes.
Add the bacon back to the pan and the butter. Stir it in until the butter is melted and the bacon is distributed, taste, adjust seasoning if necessary and serve immediately.
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Bacon Fried Cabbage
- In a dutch oven or large skillet with deep sides, cook 1 pound thick-cut bacon, small diced until crispy over medium heat for about 12-15 minutes. Drain bacon on a paper-towel lined plate.
- Reserve ¼ cup of the bacon fat in the pan. Add 1 small onion, thinly sliced and cook until translucent, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
- Add 4 cloves garlic, minced and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.
- Add 1 head of cabbage, cored and cut into bite-sized pieces, 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1 Tablespoon packed light brown sugar, ½ teaspoon seasoned salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Stir to combine. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally until tender, 10-15 minutes.
- Add the bacon back to the pan and 2 Tablespoons salted butter. Stir it in until the butter is melted and the bacon is distributed, taste, adjust seasoning if necessary and serve immediately.
- You can use red cabbage if you’d like.
- We like thick cut bacon but regular bacon can be used.
- If you like a little spice add a pinch of cayenne or red pepper flakes.
- This can be frozen, see my tips above.
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