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Easy To Make Traditional Irish Cabbage With Bacon

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Corned beef and cabbage are most definitely traditional for serving on St. Patrick’s Day. Quite popular, too. Traditional Irish cabbage should be made with bacon. It’s tradition and adds a delicious flavor to the recipe! Because isn’t everything better with bacon?

corned beef brisket and traditional irish cabbage

Easy To Make Traditional Irish Cabbage With Bacon

My great-grandmother would always serve corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day. While I do have fond memories of the meals now, I wasn’t always a fan during my childhood. It just wasn’t something that I ate that often as a kid. But I love how she shared the Irish tradition with our family each year. And now I have grown to love the flavor of corned beef and cabbage.

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Just recently I posted a delicious corned beef brisket recipe. This cabbage recipe is the perfect addition to corned beef. After all corned beef and cabbage is the traditional Irish meal to have on St. Patrick’s Day. You can get the corned beef brisket recipe on the blog HERE.

Traditional Irish Cabbage Recipe


  • 1 Head Green Cabbage
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 8 slices Bacon
  • ½ Cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 tsp Nutmeg
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
traditional irish cabbage recipe


Step 1: Cut the bottom stem off the cabbage, carefully remove the outer leaf. Cut the core out of the center of the leaf. Place three slices of the bacon as well as the peppercorns into the leaf. Carefully fold and tie into a bundle with twine.

*To fold: Turn Cabbage leaf inwards over the bacon and peppercorns and roll up like a burrito.

traditional irish cabbage recipe

Step 2: Cut the Cabbage head into two halves, remove the center core of the cabbage. Carefully peel leaves off of the cabbage in layers. Rinse them off in cool water.

Step 3: Transfer leaves to a large stockpot, add the bacon/peppercorn bundle, and cover the cabbage with water. Add the Red Wine Vinegar, and salt the water with about 1 tsp salt. Bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes or until cabbage is tender. Drain the cabbage and allow it to cool.

cooking traditional irish cabbage

Step 4: While cabbage is simmering, cut remaining bacon into strips and cook over med-low heat until crispy.

Step 5: Preheat the broiler.

Step 6: Chop the cabbage up into strips and place it into a buttered baking dish. Top with 3 Tbsp butter. And place under the broiler until the cabbage is browned about 5-10 minutes.

traditional irish cabbage

Step 7: Remove from the oven; add the nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste. Top with bacon.

Serve with corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day!

I have a delicious corned beef brisket recipe here on the blog.

corned beef and cabbage st patrick's day recipe

So delicious and perfect for serving on St. Patrick’s Day!

Like this traditional Irish cabbage recipe?

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A mom blogger for over 15 years, Tara Smith lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her audiologist husband and four kids. Her blog has been featured on local media television shows like News 4 Great Day and Show Me St. Louis, as well as in the Farmhouse Style Magazine for Country Sampler. She loves to travel, explore the Midwest, make crafts and read.

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