Irish Cabbage and Bacon

Irish Cabbage and Bacon Recipe – Made with only 5 ingredients! Make this tantalizing side dish for Saint Patrick’s Day, or for dinner any night of the week!

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The humble cabbage… Often thought of as bland and boring.

Well, there’s nothing boring about today’s Irish Cabbage and Bacon.

This recipe is packed with rich comforting goodness!

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I don’t know why cabbage gets such a bad wrap.

It has a lovely mild flavor that is complemented by sweetness like in coleslaw, spice like in kimchi, and rich fatty ingredients like bacon, butter, or nuts.

Although cabbage can be tough when raw, it turns silky and soft once cooked, giving chopped cabbage a noodle-like quality.

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Today’s Irish Cabbage and Bacon is a classic Irish dish usually made with large slabs of bacon (pork belly) boiled down into a rich fatty broth that the cabbage is later stewed in.

As I’m not Irish, I have a hard time swallowing the idea of boiling bacon in water.

Instead, I decided to make a quickie version, using the same ingredients, but a slightly different cooking method.

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My Irish Cabbage and Bacon is made with only 5 simple ingredients:

  • Bacon
  • Cabbage
  • Onions
  • Chicken Broth
  • Mustard Seeds

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How To Make Irish Cabbage and Bacon

  1. I started by sautéing the bacon until almost crispy.
  2. Then I added onion to the bacon grease for flavor, and let in soften.
  3. Finally, I added roughly chopped cabbage, a little broth, and mustard seeds.

The broth helps the cabbage cook down into silky strands.

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The bacon softens along with the cabbage, creating a luxuriously decadent dish from humble beginnings.

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Although you can serve Irish Cabbage with Bacon as a side dish with corned beef, proportionally there is a lot of bacon in this recipe.

Enough bacon to make it a main dish in my opinion.

In Ireland, it’s often served as the main course with mustard and boiled potatoes.

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Irish Cabbage and Bacon Recipe for Saint Patrick's Day!
5 from 17 votes

Irish Cabbage and Bacon

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins

This traditional Irish Cabbage and Bacon Recipe is made with only 5 ingredients! Make this tantalizing side dish for Saint Patrick's Day or for any dinner! 

Servings: 8
Nutrition Facts
Irish Cabbage and Bacon
Amount Per Serving (8 ounces)
Calories 79 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 170mg 7%
Potassium 90mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 0.6%
Vitamin C 11.6%
Calcium 1.2%
Iron 1.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 24 ounces thick-cut bacon
  • 1 large green cabbage
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Place a large stockpot over medium heat. Cut the bacon strips into 4 pieces each. Separate the bacon pieces and place in the pot. Stir and sizzle until the bacon is cooked, but not fully crispy.

  2. Meanwhile, peel the onion and cut it into 8 wedges. Then cut the cabbage in half and remove the core. Cut the cabbage into 12 wedges. Once the bacon is mostly cooked, add the onion to the pot and sauté for 3-4 minutes to soften.
  3. Add the cabbage, chicken broth, and mustard seeds. Stir to move the cabbage to the bottom of the pot and bring the bacon upward. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the thickest parts of the cabbage are tender. Stir once or twice while cooking. Taste, then salt and pepper as needed. Serve with whole grain mustard on the side, if desired.

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22 comments on “Irish Cabbage and Bacon

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  2. Roslia santamariaposted March 14, 2019 at 6:45 am Reply

    I never tried this before and after reading this amazing post I think I must give it a try.

  3. Samposted March 13, 2019 at 10:09 am Reply

    Such a great recipe. Perfect for St. Patty’s day coming up. Your instructions were so clear and helpful. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Toniposted March 13, 2019 at 8:37 am Reply

    It was a huge hit!! Really tasty and easy to make!

  5. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishesposted March 12, 2019 at 2:37 pm Reply

    Definitely making this for st Patrick’s day! So good!

  6. Lizposted March 12, 2019 at 12:32 pm Reply

    I had a half a head of green cabbage left over and this was a delicious way to use it up!

  7. Bethposted March 12, 2019 at 9:23 am Reply

    This looks so good! I could jump in that bowl. I love the addition of the mustard seeds!

  8. Richardposted March 6, 2019 at 9:43 am Reply

    This looks fantastic! Did you use brown mustard seeds? Also, any tips for making ahead and reheating for a party?

    Thanks in advance!!

    • Sommer Collierposted March 7, 2019 at 2:38 pm Reply

      Hi Richard,

      Yes, I used brown mustard seeds. However, the color doesn’t really matter here. Use what you have. As for making this ahead. I wouldn’t make it more than a day in advance. Cabbage turns funky faster than most veggies, once cooked.

  9. Alliposted February 27, 2019 at 10:01 am Reply

    I cannot wait to make this again. So stinking delicious. 

  10. lauren kellyposted February 27, 2019 at 9:03 am Reply

    I want to eat this every day, not just St. Patrick’s Day!

  11. Taraposted February 27, 2019 at 8:33 am Reply

    So easy and flavorful! Definitely will make again.

  12. Karaposted February 26, 2019 at 9:22 pm Reply

    This looks so tasty! I can’t wait to try it out for St. Patrick’s Day. My family will try just about anything if it has bacon in it. :)

  13. Julie Blannerposted February 26, 2019 at 8:14 pm Reply

    This looks great! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Loriposted February 19, 2019 at 9:30 am Reply

    This is the best- so good!

  15. Katerina @ diethood .composted February 19, 2019 at 9:16 am Reply

    Oh boy, this looks terrific!! A must try!!

  16. Alliposted February 19, 2019 at 8:16 am Reply

    This is the first time I’ve made this and it turned out so good. Definitely making again. 

  17. Kristynposted February 18, 2019 at 11:19 pm Reply

    This looks super tasty!! I can’t wait to give it a try! It’s all delicious ingredients :)

  18. Anna McNamaraposted February 18, 2019 at 8:29 pm Reply

    Going to make this for my family for St. Patrick’s day. Cannot wait!!

  19. Evelineposted November 7, 2017 at 3:53 pm Reply

    Delicious and simple. I added a little apple cider vinegar. I will definitely make it again.

  20. Dianaposted March 10, 2017 at 12:09 pm Reply

    We LOVE cabbage here! This recipe sounds amazing and a nice twist to our regular cabbage meals. Thanks!

  21. Maria Lichtyposted March 8, 2017 at 12:27 pm Reply

    We are cabbage lovers in our house!