Fried Cabbage with Bacon, Onion, and Garlic

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This is a family favorite that is put into every cookbook for my kids when they move out and get married. It is a beautiful dish with many colors and full of flavor. Warning, it is addictive.


  • 1 pound  sliced bacon  (chopped into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1  onion  (finely sliced)
  • 1 medium  head cabbage  (cored and chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon  Kosher salt  (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground black pepper  (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon  dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon  smoked paprika
  • 5 cloves  garlic  (minced)


  •  Chopped green onion


  1. Place a large cast-iron skillet or non-stick deep pan over medium-high heat. Add bacon pieces in one layer and cook until crispy. If needed, cook in batches. Once cooked, remove from pan and set aside on a plate.
  2. Discard the grease, leaving about 2-3 tablespoons.
  3. Add the sliced onion and cook for about 2-3 minutes, until soft.
  4. Add the chopped cabbage, salt, pepper, oregano, and smoked paprika. Toss and cook until tender, but still a little crispy, for about 15 minutes. Toss and taste, if needed reduce heat to medium-low, cover the pan and cook cabbage for 10 more minutes, until the preferred tenderness is achieved.
  5. Add the garlic and bacon, cook cabbage for additional 3-4 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately, garnish with chopped green onions if desired.