Fried cabbage is a wonderful dish, especially when you make it at home and you can control the salt. This recipe uses very little salt and is great for a KETO diet, gluten-free, and dairy-free diet. Follow along and see how I made this recipe for my family.
What main dishes can you use with fried cabbage side dish?
There are many main dishes that can accompany this fried cabbage dish. You can add a beef roast or pork roast. whole turkey or chicken can also accompany this recipe. (Click the links and check out our other recipes and other expert's recipe if we don't have them on our blog.) With the mild taste, it will work for many variations of these main dishes.
You can also use this dish as a stand-alone with a weeknight meal which is what we did when you made it.
Depending on how large your cabbage is, it can be even used for pot luck parties or entertaining at home side dishes.
What ingredients are in this easy Fried Cabbage Asparagus and Bacon Recipe?
1 bunch of Asparagus
1 small onion
6 slices of Bacon
1 Napa Cabbage
2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
½ teaspoon Black pepper
1 teaspoon Salt (optional)
How to make this delicious Fried Cabbage Asparagus and Bacon Recipe?
First do the prep for the vegetables and measure out ingredients:
For Asparagus: Clean and cut the asparagus. Then, cut off the ends and cut into two pieces. Set them aside.
What to do with the onion: peel and chop the onion and set it aside.
How to cut the Bacon: Using scissors, cut the bacon into small ½ inch strips.
What to do with the Napa Cabbage: depending on the size, remove the outer layers and then quarter and chop the cabbage to make small pieces.
Measure out the rest of the ingredients. Set aside.
Now, it is time to cook the dish!
First, heat a large dutch oven high side pan. Add your bacon pieces. Cook the bacon until it gets browned. It should take about 10 minutes. Remove and place on a paper towel to drain. Set aside.
Now, add the cut asparagus and onions in the bacon fat and cook for about 5 minutes or until the asparagus is bright green and the onions are a little opaque.
Add the cabbage to the pan. Doing this will most likely fill up the pan. Add the paprika, granulated garlic, and black pepper. Then cover and cook for a few minutes. This will help bring it down so you have enough room to start to bring the bottom ingredients to the top.
Continue bringing the bottom ingredients to the top of the dutch oven saucepan until it reduces by half and the cabbage pieces look opaque. This could take about 10 or more depending on how much cabbage you are adding.
Now, turn off the range and pour or spoon into a serving bowl.
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The big reveal of this friend cabbage recipe!
Here's the finished recipe! What do you think? We loved it. The asparagus was mild enough that it added color and not too much flavor. It worked well with the cabbage and bacon. I did have to add a little more salt at the end to bring out the flavor more.
Tips about this fried cabbage recipe:
Keep in mind that salt is optional. It depends on the bacon and what type of bacon you used.
Equipment can have a large impact on how a recipe turns out. I used a regular stainless steel dutch oven on a gas range. Using other types like stoneware cast iron and using an electric range make change the consistency of the recipe. Below are some similar types of equipment I used for this recipe.
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