Fried Cabbage with Bacon, Onion and Garlic

About this Recipe

It is entirely possible that the term ‘flexitarian’ was invented for vegetarians who love bacon, or vegans who eat eggs, or carnivores who like salads(?). In any case, in Grandmother’s Kitchen we could definitely be self-described as flexitarians, meaning that although we prefer vegetable inspired meals, that we are flexible for the occasion as it happens. For example, if my Aunty prepares a delicious turkey dinner, I will most definitely enjoy a portion of a juicy turkey breast covered in gravy; or if we are traveling, we will will enjoy the varieties of cheeses and breads for desserts from the local cuisine. We avidly believe that regardless of the specifics of the foods you are eating, the key to wellness is joy, enjoyment and peace of mind.

Grandmother’s TIPS for Fried Cabbage with Bacon and Onion Recipe:

1. The healthiest way to buy bacon is to look for these words - uncured, center cut and reduced sodium. You may need to check out a Whole Foods type of store for this type of bacon, but keep your eyes out in bigger grocery stores also.

2. If you have a lot of grease from your bacon you can pour it into some foil and freeze for another recipe that would be tasty with a bit of bacon flavor.

3. This is the type of recipe that you will vary the proportions of your ingredients to the number of people you are cooking for. We used small quantities in this recipe but if you are cooking for a big group you will want to increase the size of the cabbage and double the onion plus add more bacon strips.

Preparing food can be a bit tricky when you come across some mold growing on it. Do you throw it away? Or eat it? You don’t want to waste food, but you’re aware of the dangers of mold in your food and know you should probably throw it away. You’re actually right to want just to throw it away since mold can grow deep inside of your food even if the fuzzy stuff isn’t on top anymore. So simply removing mold might not get rid of it completely. Best to just throw that piece of food away, so you know you’re safe.



Makes: Serves 4

6 strips bacon

1 Small 5 inch cabbage

1 medium size onion

2 cloves garlic - we used large Russian Red

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper


1. Dice the onions and chop the garlic into small pieces. Set aside.

2. Cut the bacon strips into small pieces, Place into a skillet and cook until crispy. You are going to be cooking the rest of the ingredients in the bacon fat so if there is an excessive amount of fat from the bacon you have cooked pour some of it off so the dish isn’t too greasy. Use a slotted spoon to remove the bacon onto a plate lined with paper towels.

3. Cook the onions and garlic for about 10 minutes on low heat until the onions have caramelized. Stir as needed.

4. Meanwhile, cut the cabbage into quarters, then each quarter into halves or thirds depending how big the cabbage is. You want to cut pieces into small bite size. Add the cabbage to the onions, stir in and cook another 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Season with salt, pepper and reduce to low heat.

5. Add about 1/4 cup water, stir the bacon pieces back in in. Cover with a lid and simmer, stirring occasionally for about 30 minutes. Serve when ready.


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Bacon can usually make any meal better, especially a savoury onion and cabbage dish like this. Fried cabbage may sound bland or boring, but with some bacon, onion and garlic, it's anything but boring. Cabbage gets a bad rap sometimes because it's got such a distinct flavour, especially raw. Raw cabbage is quite spicy in flavour with a watery flavour as well making it great for salads and coleslaw recipes. Other cabbage recipes include cabbage soup, cabbage rolls and it's used a lot in stir fries as well. The nice thing about cabbage is that when you cook it with other ingredients, it will absorb the flavours of the other ingredients which makes it end up tasting delicious. It also softens up which makes it more palatable too.

Since one of our favorite motto’s is everything in moderation - it is only appropriate that every so often we add some bacon to our recipes. I would not go so far as to say that it is needed, but it does add a flavor that is unique and delicious.

Over the span of our recipe and food blogging history we have been pleasantly surprised to find out that cabbage recipes are as popular to the majority of our community as the are in our kitchen. Cabbage is such an unassuming vegetable when sitting in your bottom fridge drawer, but all cooked up in different ways like this cabbage and bacon and onion recipe, it makes for a pretty tasty dish.

As with any food of this nature, moderation is key, and you have to just listen to what your body wants and needs at any given time. So enjoy your bacon if you like it and see how you like it with the combination of cabbage, onion and garlic. You can eat this as a side dish, or it's great as a topping on sausages or hot dogs. You could even make it in the morning to go alongside your eggs and toast.

Whenever you’re cooking or frying food, there’s also always the chance that you’re going to burn or overcook your food to the point that it sticks to the pan. Luckily there are some home remedies for cleaning pots and pans that will help you get them looking great once again. You can use all natural kitchen cleaners to get these pots and pans clean, and the home remedies for cleaning pots and pans won’t scratch or scrape the pans either.

Using some simple baking soda is a great home remedies for cleaning pots and pans. Just take some baking soda and sprinkle it in the pan and then let it soak with some hot water for 5 minutes. Then take a scrubbing brush or pad and scrub all of the grime away. It also helps if you put cold water in the pan right after you’re done cooking and then bring it to a boil on the stove. This will loosen any stuck on gunk, making it easier to clean off.

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