Savoy cabbage with bacon and garlic recipe

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Cabbage with bacon and garlic

Savoy cabbage with bacon and garlic
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  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Five A DayOne
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories155 Kcal8%
Sugar5.2 g6%
Fat10 g14%
Saturated Fat2.6 g13%
Salt1.4 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein11.2 g22%
Carbohydrates5.6 g2%
Salt1.4 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Our savoy cabbage with bacon and garlic recipe is the perfect accompaniment to any Sunday lunch.

Buttery, slightly salty and mouth-wateringly moreish - this savoy cabbage and bacon recipe will be the talk of the table during your next family roast. The classic irish dish dates back centuries and traditionally boils the bacon, using it’s broth to cook the cabbage. We’ve focused on texture and flavour here, by frying the smoked back lardons instead so they’re nice and crispy. The result is a tasty dish with an added crunch, that goes beautifully with chicken and golden roast potatoes.


  • 1 Savoy cabbage (approximately 500g), finely shredded
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 200g pack smoked back bacon lardons
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed




  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the shredded Savoy cabbage and cook for about 1 minute. Drain and refresh under cold running water straight away to stop the cabbage cooking any more and to help it keep its lovely fresh green colour.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pan and cook the bacon lardons for 3 to 4 minutes over a medium heat until they are golden brown. Add the crushed garlic and cook for 1 more minute, stirring constantly. Add the drained cabbage and stir-fry for 2 minutes until the mixture is heated through. Check the seasoning and serve at once.

Tips for making savoy cabbage with bacon and garlic:

We’ve used smoked back bacon but any good quality rashers will work well. Honey cured bacon will add a great sweet undertone to the dish.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodTo and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodTo, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create how-to videos exclusively for GoodtoEat - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies