Wilted Coleslaw

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 10 min.


12 servings

Updated: May. 18, 2023
I fix this snappy hot slaw for myself whenever I have a taste for it. The crisp ingredients and sweet-and-sour dressing are irresistible.—Denise Albers, Freeburg, Illinois


  • 1 pound bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 medium head cabbage, shredded


  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towel with a slotted spoon. Add onion to drippings in skillet. Cook and stir until tender 3-5 minutes. Add sugar, vinegar, salt and celery seed. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add cabbage; cook and stir until cabbage is crisp-tender, 3-5 minutes. Add bacon back to pan, stir to combine. Serve immediately.
Hot Slaw Tips

How should you serve hot slaw?

Hot slaw is a natural side dish for summer barbecue recipes, but it also makes a great condiment! Serve it over sausages, burgers, pulled pork or grilled steak. If you're reluctant to make homemade slaw because of all the shredding, find out how to shred cabbage the easy way.

What can you serve with hot slaw?

Hot slaw is perfect for picnics, potlucks and barbecues. Serve it with easy pork chop recipes, baked chicken or slow-cooker sandwiches. Whether you spoon hot slaw on the side or use it as a topper, it will add a ton of flavor and crunch to the meal.

How long will leftover hot slaw last?

Store leftover hot slaw in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. You can reheat it in the microwave, but it also tastes great cold.

Peggy Woodward, Taste of Home Senior Food Editor 

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 247 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 461mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.