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Sweet and Sour Cabbage

I never used to like cabbage, but it grew on me. Now, I can’t get enough of cabbage. I’ll take it in coleslaw, stir-fry and just plain ol’ sautéed. This Sweet and Sour Cabbage recipe is one example of how I love to eat my cabbage. And it has bacon. Everything is better with bacon, in my opinion.

I’d eat a big bowl for lunch or serve it as a side dish with chicken, beef or pork. It’s the kind of recipe that goes great with almost anything.

It’s the perfect blend of sweet and sour flavours. The sweetness comes from the addition of brown sugar, while the sourness is from the vinegar. Together, they are the perfect marriage.

Sweet and sour cabbage in a pot with a wooden spoon.

Ingredients to make Sweet and Sour Cabbage.
Steps to make sweet and sour cabbage.
Steps to make sweet and sour cabbage.
Steps to make sweet and sour cabbage.

How to Make Sweet and Sour Cabbage

The first step is to cook the bacon until crisp. It only needs four strips so I usually end up making extra so I can eat a few myself. I cannot resist bacon.

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    Don’t get rid of the bacon grease! You are going to cook the rest of the ingredients in it. It adds a whole other dimension of yummy flavour.

    Sweet and sour cabbage in a pot.

    Stir the sugar and flour together with the bacon grease. Add in the onion, water and vinegar. Cook this mixture for a few minutes until it’s thickened while stirring constantly.

    Now that the bacon is cool, you can crumble it and add it to the skillet. Add in the cabbage and stir until coated in the sauce. Cook for about 4 to 5 minutes until the cabbage softens up. Serve hot.

    Sweet and sour cabbage on a wooden spoon.

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    It’s a great weeknight side dish, but it can also be served on special occasions, too. It would be perfect on your Thanksgiving table.

    For more yummy cabbage recipes, check out Cabbage Roll Rice, Creamy Cabbage SoupCabbage & Peanut Butter Chicken Stir-Fry, Cabbage Roll Soup and Cabbage Roll Casserole.

    Sweet and sour cabbage in a bowl with a fork.

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    4.43 from 28 votes

    Sweet and Sour Cabbage

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 4
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 20 minutes
    Total Time 35 minutes
    Everything is better with bacon! This simple cabbage side dish recipe goes great with any meal and is the perfect blend of sweet and sour.


    • 5 cups green cabbage shredded
    • 4 slices bacon
    • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
    • 2 tbsp brown sugar
    • 1 yellow onion diced
    • ½ cup water
    • ½ cup white vinegar


    • Add bacon to a large skillet over medium heat and cook until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet and set aside.
    • In the same skillet, add sugar and flour and stir together. Add in onion, water and vinegar. Cook over medium heat until thickened, about 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
    • Crumble bacon and add to skillet. Add in cabbage and stir until coated in sauce. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until cabbage is softened. Serve hot.



    Serving: 1cup | Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.3g | Protein: 5.6g | Fat: 11.3g | Saturated Fat: 3.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6.8g | Cholesterol: 18.5mg | Sodium: 205.8mg | Fiber: 3.3g | Sugar: 9.2g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Side Dishes
    Cuisine American
    Keyword bacon, cabbage, sweet and sour

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    1. Very interesting flavor profile! My husband is Chinese, so we love everything “sweet and sour”. This is different than any recipe I have tried for cabbage, going to pin it to try later. Thanks for sharing at Wow Me Wednesday. 🙂

    2. We love sweet and sour cabbage, this looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday, we sure enjoyed your post!
      Miz Helen

    3. Was looking for a receipe for sweet and sour cabbage….will try soon…thank you

    4. Can this be done in the slow cooker? I’ve made this recipe tons of times, but want to see if it’s done in the slow cooker

      1. Good question! I’ve never made it in the slow cooker, but I’m thinking you could do that. I would cook it for 4 hours on low.

    5. Kevin MacLellan says:

      I will be trying the recipe. My question is; Can I use alternative cabbage or cabbage types. I was thinking of adding bokchoy with flat cabbage or anything I may have on hand. I love bokchoy.

    6. Can this recipe be cooked with red cabbage instead?

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