Braised cabbage with bacon makes a delicious side dish. Cabbage braised with bacon and onion is perfect for a weeknight supper.

Braised Cabbage with Bacon Recipe 3

Braised cabbage with bacon is hard to beat for a hearty, down-home side dish. It’s one of those simple little recipes that makes the most humble of meals seem like so much more.

Growing up, Mama would serve cooked cabbage with meatloaf or pork chops along with a side of mashed potatoes on a regular basis. I’ll admit, I ate them because I had to. They were far from my favorite vegetables that she prepared.

As I got older, I grew to not mind them as much. I suppose it was routine exposure and learning to actually like them. But I have to tell you, I never really loved them until I started preparing them as I do in this recipe – braised with bacon and a bit of onion. I could make an entire meal out of that dish alone and actually have for lunch on a few occasions.

Little Buddy is still at the point I was when I was growing up with cabbage, but I feel sure that by having our “hello bites” on a routine basis he might actually love them as much as I do when he’s in his forties.

At least I’m cooking them like he will.


Braised Cabbage with Bacon Recipe 2

Here’s how I make my braised cabbage with bacon. Try it soon!

Braised Cabbage with Bacon Recipe

Braised Cabbage with Bacon Recipe

Braised cabbage with bacon makes a delicious side dish. Cabbage braised with bacon and onion is perfect for a weeknight supper.
5 from 3 votes

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Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 6
Author: Robyn Stone


  • 4 slices of bacon diced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 head of cabbage chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Core and clean cabbage. Chop into 1 1/2" to 2" pieces.
  • Add diced bacon to a large, heavy-bottomed skillet or Dutch oven. Cook over low to medium heat until bacon has lightly crisped. Remove bacon to a bowl while cooking cabbage and drain off bacon drippings, leaving 3 tablespoons in the skillet or Dutch oven for cooking.
  • Add diced onion to skillet or Dutch oven with bacon drippings and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Add chopped cabbage to onions and add water. Cook for about 12-15 minutes until cabbage is tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the bacon back to the cabbage and stir gently to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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23 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. I admit, cabbage has not always been my favorite, either. I have just started enjoy8ng it more as I have become older, too. But, wow, you make it look amazing. I cannot wait to try it like this to see if I can get my husband on board with liking cabbage, too. Then I will work on the littles…:)

  2. This reminds me of the cabbage my Papa used to make!! I love cabbage..fixed anyway, but especially like this! Now I want some for supper with pork chops and mashed potatoes. Yummy-yum-yum!!! Thanks Robyn!!!!

  3. as a child mom always made us eat broccoli and califlower. i really didnt care for it. But now that i have my grown up tasre buds, thse are my a few of my favorites. raw,cooked it dont matter. all good.

  4. This is how I always make cabbage and about the only way my husband will eat it! While sauteing the onions, I usually add some minced garlic (it adds a little more flavor). If you’ve never tried cabbage cooked this way, you really ought to try it!!! The bacon really adds tons of flavor.

  5. I have made this several times now and I have to say that I’m simply in LOVE! I’ve never been a big cabbage fan but I crave this now. Thank goodness cabbage agrees with me because I’m now personally responsible for the consumption of quite a few cabbage patches now! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    1. Hi Shawn!
      I’m so glad you love this recipe. It sounds like we are braised-cabbage loving buds! I could eat this as my meal many days a week! I bet the cabbage farmers are loving us! 🙂 Thanks so much for letting me know how much you enjoy it! I really appreciate it.

      1. This sounds great. I only eat cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day. I can’t wait to try your receipe.

  6. I have been eating cabbage like this since I can remember! My mom made it while I was growing up and now I make it for my family. Ironically, I just made it a couple of days ago. The only difference in ours is we add some frozen corn in and it adds a great sweetness to an already delicious recipe! If you’ve never had cabbage like this you must try it! You will never look back!

  7. We make this in NC, but we call it southern fried cabbage. To make it healthier I use olive oil, crush red pepper,an 1 pkg. splenda.

  8. Robin, this is the best site for rcipes that are a little different and yet easily prepared. Having found this now it will be my go to for any recipe I may want. Thank you for this. What a joy to find a great place for help.

  9. When I was growing up, this was a main dish for us. It was a way to feed hungry children during those times of high inflation. I always loved it.

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