Spicy Delicious Fried Cabbage with Turkey Bacon

The title says it all! Cabbage is fried with turkey bacon, onion, and garlic with a touch of cayenne to make you remember it! I love this recipe because it's simple, quick and so delicious! It is a great recipe because you can adjust any of the ingredients to suit your own taste or mood. It is delicious with a side of cornbread or jasmine rice.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 6 slices turkey bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1 large onion, sliced

  • 1 large head green cabbage, cut into 1/2-inch strips

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, or to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in an extra-large frying pan or stockpot over medium-high heat. Add bacon; saute until crispy, 6 to 8 minutes. Add onion; cook and stir until softened and starting to brown, about 5 minutes.

  2. Stir in cabbage and garlic. Cook and stir until cabbage begins to wilt, about 10 minutes. Season with cayenne pepper and paprika; sprinkle in vinegar.

  3. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until cabbage reaches desired texture, 8 to 12 minutes.

Cook's Note:

For a different flavor variation, in place of the rice vinegar I have also used peach balsamic vinegar (for a little richer, sweet tanginess), organic apple cider vinegar, dry white sherry, or cooking wine.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

128 Calories
7g Fat
15g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 128
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 150mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 79mg 394%
Calcium 95mg 7%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 424mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.