Red Cabbage With Bacon

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
If you’ve braised, marinated or served red cabbage raw, try it steamed, then toss with bacon and a tangy sauce. We serve it with pork or chicken. This is how to cook cabbage with bacon. —Sherri Melotik, Oak Creek, Wisconsin
Red Cabbage With Bacon Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 medium head red cabbage (about 2 pounds), shredded
  • 8 bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 small onion, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a large saucepan, place steamer basket over 1 in. of water. Place cabbage in basket. Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer; steam, covered, just until tender, 6-8 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Discard drippings, reserving 2 tablespoons in pan.
  3. Add onion to drippings; cook and stir over medium-high heat until tender, 4-6 minutes. Stir in flour and brown sugar until blended. Gradually stir in water and vinegar. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Stir in cabbage, bacon, salt and pepper.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Dark brown sugar contains more molasses than light or golden brown sugar. The types are generally interchangeable in recipes. But if you prefer a bolder flavor, choose dark brown sugar.
  • I always fry 2 lbs. or more of bacon at a time, drain the slices well, then freeze them. The slices don’t stick together, so it’s easy to remove a few from the bag for a sandwich or to crumble for a recipe. —Shirley M. Goldsboro, NC
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  • Nutrition Facts

    3/4 cup: 188 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 635mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.

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