Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon

November 4, 2012
Tender cooked cabbage is made even better with bacon in this easy Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon recipe.  A perfectly simple side dish for just about any meal.

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You know, cabbage is a vegetable I tend to forget.

Then when I do make it I always think to myself, "Why don't I make cabbage more often?"  It's such a simple and tasty side dish that can go with just about any meal.

I love it just plain, boiled or steamed or sauteed.  But do you know what's even better than just plain cabbage?

Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon is super flavorful, and super easy to make.  Which makes it a fabulous side dish to go with just about any meal.

Cabbage with bacon!  Because, oh hes, bacon makes just about everything better.  

This Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon is super flavorful, and super easy to make.  Which makes it a fabulous side dish to go with just about any meal.

We especially love to serve it up alongside our favorite pan fried pork chops or creamy chicken rice casserole.  It's good-old country cooking at its best!

To whip up a pan full, start by shredding (or thinly chopping) a head of green cabbage.  You just want to make sure to get the cabbage chopped fairly small so you don't have big chunks that won't cook through as easily.

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Chop some bacon and fry it up in a large skillet or frying pan.  Then pile the chopped cabbage in with the bacon.

It's totally okay to heap your frying pan up with cabbage because it will reduce down in volume a lot as it cooks.

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Stir the cabbage pretty frequently for about 10 minutes to saute it.  Then, add in a little bit of water and cook it for about 10 minutes more.

Once the cabbage is tender, give it a little shot of butter, salt, and pepper and serve it up.

So simple, and so good.  The bacon seasons the cabbage beautifully, making an already-tasty thing even better. 

One bite and you'll be like me -- Wondering why you don't make cabbage more often.

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Yield: about 6-8 servings

Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon

Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon

Tender cooked cabbage is made even better with bacon in this easy Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon recipe. A perfectly simple side dish for just about any meal.
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 25 MTotal time: 35 M


  • 1 head green cabbage, shredded
  • 5 slices bacon or turkey bacon, chopped
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 T. butter


How to make Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon

  1. Saute chopped bacon in a large frying pan over medium-high heat.  If using regular bacon, drain all but about 1 tablespoon of the drippings.
  2. Add shredded cabbage to the pan and reduce heat to medium. Let cabbage cook down a bit, about 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Season with salt and pepper. Add the 1/4 cup water to the pan, cover, and let cabbage continue to cook an additional 8-10 minutes until tender. 
  4. Remove from heat and toss with butter until the butter is melted. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed.
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  1. Ooooo, I love doing this and I forget. We love cabbage and I happen to have half a head in my fridge now....hmmmm....tonight for dinner!

    1. I forget, too. Cabbage ... the forgotten vegetable. :-) Let's forget no-more!

  2. I love cabbage but no on else in my family does. Love it but I only get to eat it when I go home to visit my family. Makes me wishing I had a plate of this sitting in front of me!

    1. Wish I could send you a plate full through the computer screen, Natalie!

  3. Yum, thanks for reminding me how yummy it is, I know what I'm doing with the half head in my frig!

  4. Oh, my simple but good. I will be making some sautéed cabbage soon. I love corned beef and cabbage too!

  5. Mmmmmm - we love cabbage and turkey bacon. will be trying this one soon.

  6. This looks wonderful. We love cooked cabbage. I need to do it more often!

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  7. I remember my Mother using bacon grease or fatback to cook her cabbage. This is good stuff!! Pinning it!!

  8. This is a great side dish! I like cooked cabbage, but don't make it enough.

  9. Yes! I have a bag of coleslaw veggies that needs a plan. This is it! So easy! Thanks for this idea!

  10. I have the exact same conversation with myself whenever I cook cabbage! I'm definitely going to try it with bacon next. Nice to meet you on The Weekend re-Treat party!

  11. Your Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon is a dish that we will really love! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  12. Pinning this right now! This cabbage dish looks so yummy! I love cabbage, but I need new recipes for it to make the kids eat it, so I think this might work! Bacon makes everythign better! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Another yummy sounding recipe to try! Thanks for sharing with Inspire Me Mondays community. ;)

  14. Cabbage and bacon are like soup and sandwich. A perfect pair. Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. Hope to see you there tomorrow too! Stay safe!


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