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Low-Carb Twice-Cooked Cabbage with Sour Cream and Bacon (Video)

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As I keep reminding you, cabbage is on sale everywhere in March, so I hope you’re trying some recipes with cabbage while it’s such a bargain. And I’m continuing the month of cabbage love by reminding you about this ultra popular recipe for Low-Carb Twice-Cooked Cabbage with Sour Cream and Bacon! Bear with me if you’re not a fan of cabbage please! But for everyone who does love cabbage like I do, this is a must-try cabbage recipe.

And for those who are not the biggest cabbage fans, maybe the use of bacon will reassure you about the flavors here, because when we tested the recipe Kara and I absolutely loved this dish with lightly cooked cabbage and crisp bacon baked with a sour cream and cheese topping. The method used here makes the cabbage sweet and delicious, and it only takes a tiny bit of bacon to make this amazing, but use more bacon if you prefer!

If you’re looking for an interesting new low-carb side dish, please be open-minded and give Low-Carb Twice-Cooked Cabbage with Sour Cream and Bacon a try. You won’t regret it!

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How to Make Low-Carb Twice-Cooked Cabbage with Sour Cream and Bacon:

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  1. Slice the bacon into thin strips and cook over medium-high heat in a small frying pan until it’s crisp; then drain well on paper towels.
  2. In the largest frying pan you have, cook the onion in olive oil (or a little bacon fat if you prefer) just until it starts to brown.
  3. Add shredded cabbage and season with sweet paprika, salt, and pepper.
  4. Cook until the cabbage over high heat just until it’s softened, then stir in the bacon and cook 1-2 minutes more to combine flavors.
  5. Put the cabbage-bacon mixture in a large baking dish and spread the sour cream over it.
  6. Top with the grated Mozzarella.
  7. Bake at 375F/190C for about 30 minutes, or until it’s heated through and the top is nicely browned.
Low-Carb Twice-Cooked Cabbage with Sour Cream and Bacon found on KalynsKitchen.com

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This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Low-Carb Twice-Cooked Cabbage with Sour Cream and Bacon

Low-Carb Twice-Cooked Cabbage with Sour Cream and Bacon

Yield Makes 8 side dish servings.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Low-Carb Twice-Cooked Cabbage with Sour Cream and Bacon is really a wow when you're looking for an interesting side dish!


  • 4 slices thick-sliced bacon, cut into thin strips (or more)
  • 2 tsp. olive oil or bacon fat
  • 1/4 yellow onion, finely minced
  • 1 large head of cabbage core cut out and cut into thin strips (see notes)
  • 1/2 tsp. sweet paprika (see notes)
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup sour cream (Daisy full-fat sour cream preferred)
  • 3/4 cup grated Mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375F/190C.
  2. Slice the bacon.
  3. Cut the core out of the cabbage and cut it into thin strips. (We used a mandoline slicer to slice the cabbage.)
  4. Mince the onion.
  5. Heat a small frying pan over medium high heat, add the strips of bacon, and cook until the bacon is browned and very crisp. Drain bacon on paper towels.
  6. Heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil (or a little bacon fat if you prefer) in the largest frying pan you have, add the minced onion, and cook over medium-high heat until it's barely starting to brown.
  7. Add the sliced cabbage, season with paprika, salt, and pepper, and cook just until it has softened partly.
  8. Then add the crisp bacon pieces, stir to combine with the cabbage, and cook 1-2 minutes more to combine flavors.
  9. Spray a glass baking dish with olive oil or non-stick spray. (The oval glass dish I used was 13" x 10" at the widest parts.)
  10. Put the sauteed cabbage in the casserole dish and spread the sour cream over, then sprinkle with the grated Mozzarella.
  11. Bake about 30 minutes, or until it's bubbling hot and the top is nicely browned. Serve hot.


The cabbage we used was about 2 pounds. I love Szeged Paprika, but any sweet paprika will work for this recipe.

This recipe was adapted from Joy of Cooking, discovered via The The Kitchn.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 135 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 5g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 31mg Sodium: 246mg Carbohydrates: 3g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 2g Protein: 5g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Twice-Cooked Cabbage with Sour Cream and Bacon found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Low-Carb Twice-Cooked Cabbage with Sour Cream and Bacon is suitable for most low-carb eating plans, including Keto. Bacon isn’t recommended for the South Beach Diet, but personally I wouldn’t object to a little well-drained bacon in  a low-carb dish like this, and I’d eat it for any phase of the diet. If you want to follow the letter of the law for South Beach, skip the bacon (or use turkey bacon) and use reduced-fat sour cream and cheese and this will still be a delicious side dish.

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    149 Comments on “Low-Carb Twice-Cooked Cabbage with Sour Cream and Bacon (Video)”

  1. We will definitely be making again, thanks for answering my questions! I'm new to making anything with cabbage, I never liked it until recently. ��

  2. We made this tonight. The sour cream did have a somewhat chunky texture after baking. We still ate it..Lol & It tasted good. We just wondered what the consistency is supposed to be.

    • Hmm, I am completely puzzled as to what might cause that. My sour cream was definitely not chunky. Did you use low-fat sour cream? Although I don't know why that would make a difference. Glad you still enjoyed it.

    • It was regular Daisy brand sour cream. Should it melt into the cabbage? This was just sort of a thickish/slightly chunky layer under the cheese.

    • That's the same sour cream I usually use. But sour cream can't "melt" into cabbage the way it does into something pourous like potatoes, so if you were expecting that, that will never happen. My sour cream was soft though, definitely not chunky. Maybe try cooking a tiny bit longer if you make it again.

  3. Thinking of making this with brussel sprouts. I think it should be just as yummy! Thanks for the idea!

  4. Thank you for this recipe. I already make the sauteed cabbage with bacon all the time and I love it dearly, so now I will add the extra time to bake with sour cream and mozzarella cheese. What a great alternative to make it!

  5. Ever thought of using smoked sausage instead of bacon? I want to make this more like a casserole. Thank you for your yummy recipes 🙂

  6. I made this tonight. Only thing I did different was I mixed the sour cream into the cabbage mixture before putting into baking dish rather than spreading it on top. It was a hit at our house. I will be making it again

  7. Curious…do u think coleslaw would work

  8. I am a Southern gal and have been raised on fried cabbage, but this looks amazing and I can't wait to take my fried cabbage to another level! Thanks for the recipe!

  9. I made this tonight for dinner. My family raved, it was delicious. I do admit I doubled the onion, other then that I made no changes. Delicious. Highly recommend. Awesome recipe.

  10. Where's the nutrition facts? How many carbs per serving?

    • I don't count carbs and don't feel comfortable calculating it for a variety of reasons but you look for NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION right after the recipe in every post there are suggestions for how to get that info if you need it.

  11. SO glad you liked it!

  12. I made it.
    I tried it.
    I loved it!
    Good! (great)

  13. Made this last night, and I'm tempted to say I won't cook cabbage any other way from now on, it was that good (in reality, I could never restrict myself to one recipe). I enjoyed some leftovers for breakfast haha. Thanks so much.

  14. Hi Kalyn, I usually come to comment after I've made one of your fab recipes. I followed this recipe exactly,in half size. It was delicious! I did cut down on the total amount..(for two) and was still a lot. We had next day left overs (no complaint here) I was unsure how it would be as a 2nd day/re-heat,and it was still tasty. I did reheat by putting into a very low oven 250, until the middle inside was hot. Thank you so much for helping us all to try new things. Happy,healthy New Year to you.

  15. Someone asked about the sour cream curdling and then removed the comment. My sour cream didn't curdle at all. I used full-fat Daisy sour cream; not sure if that makes a difference.

  16. Do you have a recipe box on your site? I didn't see one. I see recipes I would like to try but then forget about them. Would be nice to have a place to file our favorites. Thanks

    • I used to use a service called Ziplist, but when they went out of business and all my readers had to scramble to save their recipes I started recommending using Pinterest to save recipes you want to try. It's easy, it's not going away, and every blog has some way to pin recipes so you can use it all over the web!

  17. Kalyn, I swear you've read my mind yet again! I just logged onto my computer, with the goal of finding a new recipe for cabbage, and your email was the first thing I saw. This looks amazing! It's on my menu for tomorrow's supper (would make it right this minute but don't have enough sour cream on hand) 🙂

  18. I am always looking for new ways to prepare cabbage! Can't wait to try this. Thank you for including my stuffed cabbage recipe!

  19. I've been trying to eat more cabbage lately, so I'm more than willing to give this a chance! I never would have thought of combining these flavors.

  20. That sounds great. I will make that soon. I'm low carb and use cabbage as a replacement for noodles but this is another level.