Cabbage and Bacon


Keto Cabbage and Bacon is one of our favorite sides! It’s full of fat and flavor and super easy to make. We pick this dish when we are low on fat for the day and when we just want to splurge! With 4 simple ingredients you wouldn’t think it would taste as good as it does but oh man, is it good! Cooking the cabbage makes it sweeter and the bacon and onion give it the right texture.

How to make Keto Cabbage and Bacon the easy way?

This keto side is one of the easiest ones we make! We often will make everything from scratch to save a little money but life is busy. We are both self-employed, working for Here 2 Help Services (my company) and sometimes if we can save 10 minutes, we do! This is pretty easy as it is. But here are a few corners you can cut.

  • If you don’t want to shred your own cabbage, buy it pre-shredded.
  • Use precooked bacon whether it is bought that way or you cook a lot of bacon ahead.
  • Buy already chopped onions from the produce section at the grocer.

Keto Ingredients

Keto can be tricky unless you understand how much of an item you can have. Onion is not a keto-friendly food but it’s fine if it’s used sparingly. Red cabbage is sweeter than white but is still a good source of nutrients. Bacon of course is perfect for keto! Sometimes when I make this meal, I use less cabbage to lower the number of overall carbs. But other times I use the full amount because it’s so filling and then I won’t snack. This is a good article about nutrition in cabbage if you are interested in knowing more. Like my mother always says, “Everything in moderation.”

What goes well with Keto Cabbage and Bacon?

This dish is the perfect side! Our two favorite main dishes to have this with are:

  1. Green Onion Garlic Butter Steak. The butter in both dishes complements the other. It’s all very decadent.
  2. Spicy Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken is another favorite to really bring out both flavors. The cabbage and bacon are not spicy so it sort of helps clean the pallette so both dishes are bursting with flavor!
Keto Cabbage and Bacon

Keto Cabbage and Bacon

Very filling side that should be used as a filler when you don't have enough fat in your diet for the day.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, cabbage
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 118.2kcal


  • 2 Cup Cabbage chopped, 179g
  • ½ Cup Onion chopped, 80g
  • 4 Strips cooked Bacon 32g
  • 2 Tbsp Butter 28g
  • Black Pepper optional


  • Place bacon into a cold pan and place it over medium heat. Cook bacon to desired liking and remove from pan. Cool, slice and set aside.
  • Return pan over medium heat, melt butter and add diced onion.
  • Saute onion until soft and translucent.
  • Add cabbage to pan and continue to sauté with the onions.
  • Continue cooking cabbage, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes or until soften.
  • Return chopped bacon to pan and mix until combined.
  • Season with pepper.


Calories: 118.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.8g | Protein: 7.3g | Fat: 6.2g | Saturated Fat: 2.3g | Cholesterol: 17.3mg | Sodium: 304.7mg | Potassium: 278.3mg | Fiber: 2.4g | Sugar: 4.7g | Vitamin A: 68.6IU | Vitamin C: 28.6mg | Calcium: 54.5mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

I’d love to hear what you thought and what you paired this side dish with! It’s probably in my top 5 favorites since starting keto if that’s even possible to have 5 favorites. There are SO MANY favorite dishes on keto it’s hard to choose.

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Keto Cabbage and Bacon side dish

Since I am not a Registered Dietitian or Nutritionist, I use a WordPress plug-in to calculate the nutritional information provided in this recipe card.

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