Low Carb Recipes for the Low Carb Lifestyle

Monday, April 16, 2012

Fried Cabbage with Bacon and Onions

Fried Cabbage with Bacon and Onions
Fried cabbage is basic staple item in the low carb world.  Surprisingly I've never tried it until I made it tonight.  It was so good!  I feel like I've been missing out on something by not trying it sooner.  My kids didn't care much for it but my carb-etarian Hubs thought it was excellent!  I looked up a few recipes to get a feel for how to prepare and wound up cooking it in a very similar way I cook my Bacon and Onion Green Beans which are heaven on a plate (this cabbage ranks right up there).  I think you can cook anything with bacon, onions, salt and pepper and it will come out fabulous!  I served this with the Laughing Cow Steak and thought they were a nice combo on my plate.  Bring on the cabbage! *INDUCTION FRIENDLY*


5 STARS
6 servings (if using as a side dish)
6 net carbs per serving

1 medium head green cabbage, chopped loosely
3 slices bacon, chopped
1/4 large onion or 1/2 small to medium onion, chopped
1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce (optional)
salt & pepper to taste

In a large pan cook the chopped bacon over medium to medium-high heat.  Once the fat renders off and there's plenty of bacon grease in the pan, add the chopped onion.  Right when the bacon has just started to crisp, add the chopped cabbage, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce (optional but I like the tiny bit of smokey tang that it gives some foods).  Stir occasionally until cabbage is softened.  I like some pieces to get a little pan browned so I don't stir very often.  Taste before serving as you may need to add more salt and pepper depending on your preference.

80 comments:

  1. Tryed it and loved it! It would be great as a side dish with an asian meal!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed! Great serving suggestion.

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  2. So going to try this.. a friend said she cooked it last night and it was wonderful

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    1. I'm so glad your friend liked it and I hope you do too!

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  3. A welcome addition to my Atkins' recipe arsenal! Tasty veggie recipes are always welcome and this one is really tasty!

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  4. This is the only way I know how to make cabbage and noodles. Many people leave out the bacon grease, but that takes away the flavor! Once in awhile you have to splurge.

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  5. I just chop up cabbage, get skillet hot, melt butter, put cabbage in, salt and pepper it, and when starts steaming I turn stove off, cover with lid and finish rest of supper. The steaming makes it delicious and it doesn't stink the house up either like boiling the cabbage. I will try your extra ingredients also. thnx

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    1. Cabbage is awesome no matter how it's cooked!

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  6. what do you serve with this?

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    1. Hi Jennifer, cabbage is a comfort food so I'd probably serve it with either a steak of a chicken fried steak (low carb version of course, recipe on my page), grilled or fried chicken, etc. I would probably stay away from anything that has a sauce so the sauce doesn't stray into the cabbage on the plate.

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  7. Our family LOVES this - it is a tradition for all important gatherings: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and my birthday. And any time I grave it! Our family recipe adds a can of tomatoes (crush them up), and a little bit of sugar. We cook for a LONG time on simmer. Delicious! Helen (NV transplant from ND)

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  8. Yummy! So easy too. We are picky and don't even like cooked onions so I added plenty of onion powder instead. Thanks!

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    1. The bacon grease with the cabbage are the important ingredients, plus this would be even lower in carbs without onions!

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  9. Yummy, I tired it tonight and it was a hit!

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  10. We fry cabbage in soy sauce. Tastes great!! I'll have to try it with the bacon and onion.

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    1. A soy sauce stir fry sounds yummy as well!

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  11. Love love loved it!!

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    1. I'm so glad! It's amazing how such basic ingredients turn into something magically when cooked together!

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  12. Cook up some pork chops then dice them up and toss into the cabbage, makes for a great meal.

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  13. could you please tell me how long to cook?

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    1. It depends on how crunchy or wilted you like your cabbage. I would say anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. If you aren't sure, taste test ever so often until it's a texture you like.

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  14. Brown sugar is a nice added ingredient if you like sweet.

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    1. That sounds wonderful but us low carbers cannot have brown sugar. A bit of Splenda or Stevia would be a great touch though!

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    2. Try with shredded Brussel sprouts, can add a bit of garlic and fennel with the onions. Cook until some of the shredds are starting the brown to really caramelize the flavor.

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  15. Fixing this tonight but going to add polish sausage for our new years day!

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    1. Made this for dinner with kielbasa sausage and it turned out great! My husband loved it so definately will add it to the dinner rotation. Thank you!

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    2. I also added sweet italian sausage to this.. and APPLE slices ...omg to die for. Family loved it.

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  16. Fixed this for dinner and it was great! Thanks!

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  17. I fixed this for New Year's Day dinner with Hawaiian Pineapple Ham and black-eyed peas. It was a huge hit!

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    1. Sounds fabulous! I'm so glad you enjoyed.

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  18. Important announcment for the sweet lovers:) Sweet and Low has their Brown Sugar back on the shelves. I had some from YEARS ago and only used it for Very special occasions. (didn't even care about an expiration date!) Anyway I use it for green beans. Open couple of cans of cut green beans and pour off juice~~save the juice. Brown your chopped bacon in pan, add a tiny spoonful of S&Low brown sugar (a little spoon comes with it~just use one little spoonful) stir this around in your bacon grease to kinda make a glaze. Pour in the green beans and let them sizzle and begin to cook down. Add some of the reserved bean juice to keep them from scorching. By the time you cook a little, add a little juice they taste like home canned green beans~YUM! P.S. I live in Missouri and got the sweet and low brown sugar at WalMart. Maybe I should buy a couple of boxes and stock up! Makes Everything taste better! Will definitely try it in this cabbage recipe too.
    Oh and one more thing! I Love, love the beef Burgandy frozen meal. Tastes like homemade wine sauce!!! Like the others, haven't tried any bkfst meals, but now I will!
    Peace.

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  19. Adding a small amount of chicken stock powder add another element to the dish too.

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    1. That's an interesting addition but I used to love those Chicken in a Biscuit crackers so I bet it's super yummy too!

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  20. This is the only way I know how to cook cabbage! I love it. I too am a low carber!!

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    1. You were a lucky child growing up! Yum!

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  22. I have fried cabbage for lunch today! My mom has always made this...she includes shredded carrots and celery in hers seasons with SeasonAll. Since I am still in the induction phase mine is cabbage and bacon only...I love it!

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  23. Do you have the nutritional info on this? Thanks

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  24. Add a little cayenne pepper for something a little spicy!

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  25. This is so good! I have been staring at this offensive looking cabbage all week.... you helped me turn it into something so edible and delicious... thank you :)

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  26. I made this tonight but used teriyaki wok sauce instead of worcestershire. It was really good. I'll definitely make it again.

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  27. Love this recipe made this before with bits of Portuguese linguica (sausage), but now I will try it with the bacon too!

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  28. Be sure to set aside a half a cup per person to add to your 2 egg scramble for breakfast the following morning. HEAVEN!! I first heat up the cabbage, bacon, onions and garlic. Stir in scramble eggs. Enjoy with a cup of hot tea.

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  29. I could live on this stuff. Add a spoonful of sour cream to it in your bowl---Oh so good :-)

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  30. I'm going to cook this on Tuesday and have baked chicken and i need one more side what would it be?

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  31. Cabbage is almost it's own food group in the South, a staple that nourished pioneers, mountaineers, Depression families, but now (last night in fact) if I make up a big skillet of this and a big iron skillet of buttermilk cornbread, my husband of 44 years is in heaven. He also loves when I occasionally add slices of kielbasa sausage. Adding tart apple slices, sautéed carrot slices, are also options. Good eating!

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    1. I like the apple idea. I will try it next time, We use apple sauce as a side and this would be a change.

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  32. I make this all of the time. I find the bacon makes it to greasy. I use polish kielbasa (turkey) this will help get the flavor you are looking for without all the fat. You can spray your pan with non stick spray or use a little butter.

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  33. Just made it for the first time. Absolutely love it!!!

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  34. It may be low carb but it is not healthy at all. You don't need low carb if you eat the right carbs. Fruits, veggies,grains, etc. This may taste good but it adds to a heart attack on a plate.

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  35. My mom used to make this all the time when I was a kid.

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  36. I make this all the time I also put Boudain in mine boy it is the best it's a meal by it's self . You can put whatever you want it's so good .

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  37. I fixed this for my lunch and have a lot left over. What do you folks do for reheat? Can't wait to try this again. Love the taste and I added some garlic powder.

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  38. In the 4 years we've been married I've found it very hard to get my hubby to eat anything but fries with his meat. But he will eat fried cabbage or fried cauliflower. I microwave the cauliflower for 3-5 minute first & sometimes add some garlic. Yum!

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  39. This is one of my favorite recipes. The one suggestion I have is to add a splash of vinegar. It does something to boost the flavor.

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  40. Thank you for this recipe. I added scrambled egg instead of onions.

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  41. I made this with turkey bacon and it was wonderful!!!!

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  42. Could this be made with Napa Cabbage?

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  43. I often do this, but I cook half green/half red cabbage and half white/half red onion. DELISH, and maybe, just maybe a sprinkle of tumeric or curry powder. Just a touch, mind.

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  44. What kind of onion? White? Red? Green? Yellow?

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  45. I only used about a quarter of an onion diced to give it a little bit of onion, but not quite as many carbs. It is absolutely delicious!! One of my favorite meals!

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  46. When I was a little girl (a l-o-n-g time ago LOL) my grandfather used to parboil the cabbage and then drain it and put it into a frypan with butter and bacon and that is how Poppa introduced me to cabbage ... to this day it is my favourite way to eat cabbage!

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  47. Just made this! Darn good! I would recommend more bacon, but I think that defeats the purpose of healthy. Thanks for the recipie!

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  48. This is such a beautiful photo of fried cabbage.

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  49. If you can handle a few extra carbs, add 1 or 2 sliced small red apples with the cabbage.

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  50. Could you use ground sausage instead of bacon? We're out of bacon. : (

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  51. I add diced potatoes a small amount of green and red bell peppers and 3 pinches of zattarans crab boil in bag with the ingredients provided in the recipe

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