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20 Minute Fried Cabbage with Bacon

Fried cabbage with bacon is a truly simple side dish that almost cooks itself, allowing you to get on with the rest of the meal. Ready in 20 minutes, fried cabbage pairs well with almost everything.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 105kcal
Author: Tania @ The Cook's Pyjamas


  • 100 g (3.5 oz) streaky bacon finely sliced
  • 1 small cabbage (or 1/2 a large cabbage) finely shredded
  • Salt & pepper


  • Place a large fry pan over a medium - low heat and add the sliced bacon.
  • Cook for about 5 minutes, until the bacon is crispy and the lard has rendered out of the bacon.
  • Increase the heat to medium, and add the cabbage to the fry pan.
  • Season well with pepper. 
  • Toss the cabbage through the rendered fat and bacon, ensuring that the cabbage is well coated in the fat. 
  • Cook the cabbage, stirring occasionally, for a about 10 minutes, or until the cabbage has softened and is starting to brown in patches.  
  • Taste the cabbage, and add salt to the dish if required.
  • Serve immediately with pretty much anything.


Some types of bacon release less fat than others.  If there is less than 2 Tablespoons of fat in the fry pan once the bacon is cooked, add some butter, ghee or olive oil to the fry pan before you add the cabbage. 


Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.5g | Protein: 3.2g | Fat: 9.9g | Cholesterol: 16.5mg | Sodium: 166.2mg | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin C: 1.7mg