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The Best Fried Cabbage Recipe

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  • 3  pork bacon strips thick-cut
  • 1 medium cabbage head about 3 lbs., roughly chopped
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper diced
  • ⅓ 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.
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* 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: 148kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 5gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 265mgPotassium: 539mgFiber: 7gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1430IUVitamin C: 125.9mgCalcium: 100mgIron: 1.5mg

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