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Spicy Fried Cabbage and Onions

Spicy Fried Cabbage and Onions is a simple but flavor-packed Asian-inspired fried cabbage recipe. Bacon fat, onions, garlic and Gochujang round out the flavors and heat in this perfect side dish dinner solution. Easy and fast to make, a weeknight dinner solution.

Fried Cabbage and Onions on white plate and garnished with lemon wedge and sesame seeds.

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My favorite way to make a delicious cabbage recipe is to use bacon fat, garlic, onions and a little something extra like Maple syrup or Gochujang Korean chili paste. This makes for a nice surprise on that first bite. If you don’t have bacon, smoked paprika would work nicely in order to add a little smoky flavor. You can cook this along side some pork chops or sausage like bratwurst, andouille or kielbasa for an easy weeknight dinner solution.

Regional Variations of Fried Cabbage Recipes

Where ever you can find cabbage grown, you can find fried cabbage dishes. Frying fresh cabbage is simple and requires no special cooking skills or equipment. The flavors are regional’s in nature and distinctive. Feel free to experiment with different aromatics and spices. Cabbage is really a blank canvas. Use the flavor profiles below for inspiration.

  • SOUTHERN FRIED CABBAGE – collard greens, bacon grease, slices of bacon, red pepper flakes, onions, salt & black pepper.
  • GUJARATI FRIED CABBAGE – green cabbage, asafetida, black mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, turmeric, tomatoes, green pepper or any variety of chili pepper, cilantro, lime juice, salt & sugar.
  • RUSSIAN FRIED CABBAGE – green or red cabbage, pork, onions, carrots, sour cream, catsup, bay leaves, brown sugar, salt & olive oil.
  • IRISH FRIED CABBAGE WITH POTATOES – also known as Irish Colcannon, cabbage, potatoes, butter, green onions, sour cream.
  • ASIAN-STYLE FRIED CABBAGE – Napa cabbage or Bok Choi, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, green onion, cilantro, sesame seeds, sugar.

Optional Seasoning & Flavor Enhancers

  • Creole or Cajun seasoning blend
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Sichuan peppercorns
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Vegan bacon, turkey bacon
  • White, red or yellow onions
  • Hot sauce or chili paste
  • Paprika
  • Ground turkey, beef, chicken or pork
  • Corned beef

Types of Cabbage

  • Collard greens
  • Bok Choi
  • Napa cabbage
  • Green or purple cabbage

Fat Used

  • Olive oil
  • Neutral oil like grape seed or sunflower
  • Bacon fat
  • Butter

How to Make This Recipe

Chopped cabbage stems and red onions in pot.
In a large pot or frying pan, cook fat over medium heat. Stir frequently and cook until soft.
Rice cooking wine pouring into pot.
Next add your liquid such as rice cooking wine. Scrape the brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.
Stirred in a pot.
Garlic, ginger, Gochujang added to pot and stirred.
Add aromatics such as chili peppers, sliced red or yellow onion or onion power, garlic, stirring frequently. Cook until aromatics are soft, then add spices. Stir constantly for one minute.
Cabbage leaves added to pot.
Add cabbage, stir and cover.
Cabbage leaves added to pot and stirred.
Cooked dish without cover.
Cook for about 3 minutes or until cabbage leaves are wilted. Garnish as desired.
Fried Cabbage and Onions on white plate and garnished with lemon wedge and sesame seeds.

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Fried Cabbage and Onions on white plate and garnished with lemon wedge and sesame seeds.

Spicy Fried Cabbage and Onions

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This fried cabbage recipe gets its heat and flavor from Korean chili paste and bacon fat. Perfectly seasoned with garlic, ginger, red onion and rice cooking wine.


  • 3 Tbs bacon fat
  • 1 cup red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup rice cooking wine (may substitute other wines or apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 Tbs garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbs ginger, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs Gochujang Korean Chili Paste (may substitute hot sauce)
  • 3 handfuls of Asian-style cabbage (may substitute any cabbage variety)


  • Sesame seed or Everything Bagel Sesame Blend.


  1. Add bacon fat, onions and cabbage stems to large pot over medium heat. Stir frequently and cook until onions and cabbage stems are soft, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add cooking wine and scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon to dissolve the brown bits.
  3. Add ginger, garlic, chili paste, salt and stir for one minutes.
  4. Add cabbage, stir and cover with a lid. Cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Check to see if cabbage is wilted and cooked through, check for seasoning and add more salt if needed.
  6. Serve with sesame seed garnish.


This recipe is very versatile, you can add your own favorite seasonings and aromatics.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 223Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 729mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 4g

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Nutrition Facts

Cabbage is high in vitamins C & K and moderately high in folate and B6



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