Keto Bacon Fried Cabbage
This is truly one of the quickest easiest and most Ketolicious recipes I have made in quite a while.
Literally from the time I decided to make it to the time I was done including taking the pictures and cleaning up was 45 minutes.
It's basically two ingredients and one pot.
And it's certainly keeping with our belief that Keto should be easy healthy and delicious.
Everything is better with bacon. Right?
Bacon tastes good.
I think that is pretty well settled, and something like salad is a million times better with some bacon.
There are a lot of the Keto deniers out there that think Keto is the bacon and cheese diet.
Now, to be clear, if you just ate bacon and cheese it would be bad for you. You can read more about that in my fantastic post about the the Dangers of Keto.
There are a couple things I would like to reiterate here:
You can have some bacon as part of a healthy Ketogenic diet.
And if you are a fat adapted Keto person, the fat and salt are not bad for you but the nitrates are still not so good.
The bad effects of the nitrates can be minimized by taking some vitamin C.
Another option is to buy uncured bacon that does not have nitrates.
Uncured, grass fed bacon is more expensive, but if you can afford it, you can not only get over on the nitrate problem but it also has a much better Omega 3 to Omega 6 balance.
Here is a great article that answers a lot of the bacon questions - Can Bacon Really Be Part of a Healthy Diet?
Okay I don't think people really say that about cabbage the way they do about bacon, but when you cook cabbage with bacon, garlic and two kinds of pepper it is pretty freaking delicious.
If you slice your cabbage really thin it will pick up more of the bacon flavor and it will cook a little quicker.
Cabbage is an overlooked super food.
It is anti-inflammatory, detoxifying and a great source of soluble fiber.
One cup of Cabbage with only 2.8 net carbs has:
- 22 Calories
- 1.1 grams of protein
- 2.2 grams of fiber
- Vitamin K: 85% Recommended Daily Allowance
- Vitamin C 54%
- Folate: 10%
- Manganese: 7%
- Calcium: 4%
- Potassium: 4%
- Magnesium: 3%
- Vitamin B6: 6%
Nutrition Tip: Green Cabbage v. Red Cabbage
When I think of cabbage I normally think of the green variety and that is what I usually use for any kind of stir-fry or cooked recipe.
Green cabbage is little more Keto friendly, but red cabbage is a little more nutritious.
Red cabbage has more vitamins A and C and more calcium but it does boast a half of a gram more net carbs per cup. This can add up but you can use either one.
Both are Keto friendly and both are really good for you, so if you have a preference go with that. Enjoy.
Recipe Tip: What to do with Extra Cabbage
For Bacon Fried cabbage I used a 5.5 inch head of cabbage and that worked just fine because I wanted to make that much, and I have a wok that is big enough to cook that much cabbage all at once.
So you bought a giant head of cabbage and you only want to use half of it for this recipe and of course you need something to do with the rest of it.
You have a couple of options.
You could shred it up and use it in the next couple days for a fresh recipe like Keto KFC Coleslaw Copycat
Or, if you are not planning on using it soon, you can shred it up, put it in a zip-lock, press the air out and freeze it.
Frozen cabbage will work great for soups, stir-fries or recipes like Keto Egg Roll in a Bowl.
But for uncooked cabbage recipes thawed cabbage it won't have that crisp texture that you want in coleslaw or salad.
Storage: Leftover Keto Bacon Fried Cabbage
Make as much of this as you can, because leftover Keto Bacon fried cabbage is a great leftover....the flavor soaks in beautifully.
If you need to pack a lunch all you have to do is pack leftovers in microwave safe, serving size containers and stack them in the fridge. Voila...lunch is ready to go.
There is no problem keeping this in the fridge for 4-5 days.
You can also freeze it in single portions and have it a month or two later.
Bacon Fried Cabbage
- 1 head cabbage 5 inch head is perfect. See the post about using different kinds of cabbage.
- 1 pound bacon
- 1 tsp. garlic powder or to taste
- 1 tsp. red pepper flakes or to taste
- 1 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
- 1 teaspoon salt ot to taste.
- Cut Bacon into small pieces, and fry over medium heat until crispy.
- While the bacon is frying, wash and cut a 5" head of green cabbage into shreds. The thinner the better to get all of the bacon flavor.
- When the bacon pieces are crispy remove them from the pan leaving the bacon grease in the hot pan.
- Add the shredded cabbage to the hot bacon grease.
- Add the spices.
- Chop bacon when it cools a bit and while cabbage is beggining to cook.
- Stir/toss frequently (like you're making stir fry) until the cabbage is cooked and tender. You may what to use two spoons and toss this like a salad.
- Add the crispy bacon bits back to the mix and mix it in. Cook fo another minute or so.
- Serve and enjoy.
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