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Fried Cabbage with Bacon
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4.58 from 103 votes

The Best Fried Cabbage

This Fried Cabbage recipe is insanely good! Made with bacon, onion, bell pepper, and a touch of hot sauce, it is easy to make, simple, and comes out perfect every time!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fried cabbage
Servings: 4
Calories: 148kcal
Author: Tania Sheff


  • pork bacon strips thick-cut
  • 1 medium cabbage head about 3 lbs., roughly chopped
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper diced
  • cup of water
  • ¼ tbsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp. hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large non-stick skillet, sauté the bacon, bell pepper, and onion over medium heat for 7 minutes.
  • Add the red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper, and stir well.
  • Add the water and chopped cabbage to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 20-25 minutes, or until the water evaporates.*
  • Once the water evaporates, keep frying the cabbage for about 10 minutes.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat. Stir in the hot sauce. Serve.



* Some cabbage varieties cook faster than others. Adjust the cooking time, if necessary. If needed, add a little bit more water.

Recipe Variations

  • Use smoked sausage instead of bacon
  • Use chicken sausage instead
  • Add 1 tablespoon of BBQ Sauce
  • Use 1 tablespoon of tomato pasta

About the Bacon

You can use any type of bacon you prefer – regular, turkey or even vegan. Just remember that turkey bacon and vegan bacon are not oily enough, so you’ll need to add additional oil or butter.


Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 265mg | Potassium: 539mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1430IU | Vitamin C: 125.9mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 1.5mg