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Low-Carb Fried Cabbage with Bacon (Video)

Low-Carb Fried Cabbage with Bacon is loaded with flavor and can be on the table in no time when you need a quick and easy low-carb dinner or lunch! And this tasty fried cabbage recipe is also Keto, Low-glycemic, gluten-free, and dairy-free and with the right bacon it can be Paleo! Use the Diet Type Index to find more recipe like this one!

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Low-Carb Fried Cabbage with Bacon found on KalynsKitchen.com

It’s probably obvious that I love cabbage, since I’ve shared and raved about recipes like Spicy Mexican Slaw, Roasted Cabbage with Lemon, Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowl, and even Twice-Cooked Cabbage with Sour Cream and Bacon. And just about any time you take a peek into my vegetable crisper you’ll find at least one head of cabbage in there. I know not everyone loves cabbage the same way I do, but if you like cabbage even a little (and doesn’t every one like bacon?) then you really must try this Low-Carb Fried Cabbage with Bacon for a quick 5-ingredient lunch or dinner idea.

This is so quick and easy you barely need a recipe. Just fry some bacon (use more or less, depending on how you feel about bacon), leave a little bacon fat in the pan, fry the chopped cabbage, add the bacon back in, cook a little more, season with salt and fresh-ground black pepper (and a pinch of hot pepper flakes if desired), and before you know it you’re eating a delicious dish of fried cabbage and bacon. We used a whole pound of bacon to make this Low-Carb Fried Cabbage with Bacon a main dish, but if you’d like to serve this as a side dish you can use just a little bacon and serve another type of protein on the side. The only thing even the tiniest bit tricky about this is being sure to use a big pan so the cabbage fries without being crowded (because no one wants steamed cabbage when it’s supposed to be fried!)


Low-Carb Fried Cabbage with Bacon found on KalynsKitchen.com

We cut the bacon into squares so there would be generous bites of bacon throughout the dish and chopped the cabbage into small chunks. Fry the bacon until it’s crisp in a very large frying pan (we used a 14 Inch Frying Pan; use the biggest one you have.) When the bacon is crisp, drain on a double layer of paper towels. Remove the fat from the pan, leaving just one tablespoon of bacon fat.

Low-Carb Fried Cabbage with Bacon found on KalynsKitchen.com

Heat the bacon fat in the pan over medium-high heat until its’s shimmering, then add the cabbage and cook 5-6 minutes, turning a few times so the cabbage cooks evenly. Then add the crisped bacon pieces and cook about 5-6 minutes more, turning frequently. When cabbage is softened to your liking, turn off heat, season with salt and fresh-ground black pepper, and sprinkle with a pinch of red pepper flakes if desired. Serve hot.

Low-Carb Fried Cabbage with Bacon found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Fried Cabbage with Bacon will keep in the fridge a day or two and can be quickly reheated in a hot frying pan, but it’s probably best freshly made. And if you like my recipe for Roasted Cabbage with Lemon, I definitely wouldn’t mind some lemon squeezed over the top.

More Tasty Cabbage You Might Like:
Low-Carb Fish Taco Cabbage Bowl ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Braised Cabbage and Apples ~ A Family Feast
Warm Red Cabbage Salad with Bacon and Goat Cheese ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Sausage Cabbage Vegetable Soup ~ Reluctant Entertainer
Shrimp Salad Cabbage Cups ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Cabbage with Bacon and Cream ~ All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

Low-Carb Fried Cabbage with Bacon

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. thick sliced bacon, cut into squares (Use more or less bacon to taste.)
  • 1 large head green cabbage, cut into large bite-sized chunks
  • 1 T bacon grease (reserved from cooking the bacon)
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
  • pinch hot pepper flakes (optional)

Directions:

  1. Cut the bacon strips into squares.
  2. Cut the cabbage in half, cut out the core, and cut the cabbage in large bite-sized chunks.
  3. Heat a very large frying pan over medium high heat. (We used a 14 Inch Frying Pan; use the largest pan you have. Add the bacon and cook, stirring a few times, until all the bacon is browned and crisp, about 6-8 minutes. Remove the bacon to a plate you’ve covered with a double layer of paper towels to drain.
  4. Remove all the bacon fat from the pan except about 1 tablespoon (more or less, according to your preference, but we thought this amount was perfect.) Heat the pan over medium-high heat until the bacon fat is shimmering.
  5. Add the cabbage into the pan and cook 5-6 minutes, turning a few times so the cabbage cooks on all sides.
  6. Add the crisp bacon back into the pan with the cabbage and cook 5-6 minutes more, turning frequently to get the bacon flavor throughout the cabbage and to get the cabbage nicely browned on all sides.
  7. When the cabbage is softened to your liking, season with salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste. If you’d like a bit of heat, add a pinch of red pepper flakes.
  8. Serve hot. This will keep in the fridge for a day or two and can be reheated in a hot frying pan, but it’s best freshly made.

Notes:

Recipe created by Kalyn and Kara.

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Low-Carb Fried Cabbage with Bacon found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Low-Carb Fried Cabbage with Bacon is a good side dish for any low-glycemic or low-carb diet, especially Keto. You can adjust the amount of bacon depending on what kind of eating plan you’re following or your preference.

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23 comments on “Low-Carb Fried Cabbage with Bacon (Video)”

  1. Hi Kalyn, I saw this recipe the other day but could not print it as there wasn’t a printer friendly button to click! I waited a few days, pulled it up & still no printer friendly button. Love & appreciate your fantastic recipes & you! Thanks.

  2. Meg, right inside the box with the recipe (under the small photo) is a button that says PRINT RECIPE. (This is the newer format from when I changed my blog to WordPress. I am slowly (very slowly) switching all the recipes over to that format.

  3. Perfect weeknight dinner.  Quick and easy and tasty.  

  4. Can I use pork belly? 
    Is that the same as thick bacon?

    • Truthfully I haven’t ever cooked with pork belly or even eaten it so I’m not sure how it would work here. If it’s like thick bacon though, that might work fine. Is it flavorful like bacon?

  5. It’s nice this is low carb but it would be even nicer if we could see the breakdown to know how many net carbs are in a serving and how large the serving is. I keep a Daily Intake chart and I need this information to make sure I am staying 20 carbs and below each day.

    Thank you for this information.

    • I’m not able to provide nutritional information for the recipes for several reasons, including the additional time it takes, the difficulty in doing it accurately, and the sheer number of recipes on my site. If you look after the recipe itself, I give two links (where it says “Nutritional Information”) for suggestions of two ways to get that information.

      I have over 2000 recipes on the site and spend 6-8 hours most days working on the blog. I just can’t edit over 2,000 recipes to add that info, and I know once I do it on one recipe people will expect to see it on every recipe.

    • Ann, i f you add the recipe to carb manager, it will figure it all up for you, just divide into your chosen number of servings.

  6. This is absolutely magnificent, scrumptious, delicious, super yummy low carb fried cabbage bacon. Definitely I will prep it on the weekend for my family. Thx Kalyn!

  7. I have had this dish in a Polish restaurant, with the addition of sautéed onions and some butter.  This was served atop egg noodles.  The noodles make it non-low carb, but very delicious.  I believe it was called “kapusta”..  

  8. Just made it. Loved it!

  9. What are the nutrition facts? How many carbs and sugars?

    • I’m not able to provide nutritional information for the recipes for several reasons, including the additional time it takes, the difficulty in doing it accurately, and the sheer number of recipes on my site. If you look after the recipe itself, I give two links (where it says “Nutritional Information”) for suggestions of two ways to get that information.

      I have over 2000 recipes here and spend 6-8 hours most days working on the blog. I just can’t edit over 2,000 recipes to add that info, and I know once I do it on one recipe people will expect to see it on every recipe. That’s all I can do at this time. Thanks for understanding.

  10. It looks so good and delicious and it so easy to make. I’ll definitely try this out!

  11. For years I have sauteed (or fried cabbage) in a skillet as opposed to boiling it.
    It is so much more succulent and I like the tender chew-ability.
    If you want to make this dish special don’t forget to caramelize some onions and/or bell pepper in the bacon fat, adding it back to the dish with the bacon. Yum!
    I often use fried cabbage as a basis for my vegetable stir fry adding: my choice of….
    thin sliced celery…..bell pepper (any color)….mushrooms….water chestnut….thin sliced carrots… cubed chicken… in what ever combination I choose.
    Flavor can be enhanced with a dash of soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, or coconut aminos
    and don’t forget the celery salt!

  12. No need to remove bacon or drain if eating keto. Simply toss your cabbage in on top when bacon almost crisp. And only way to accurately calculate the carb count is to weigh your cabbage before cooling

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