Vegan Bacon Fried Cabbage – Quick & Easy

Yields: 2 Servings Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 5 Mins Cook Time: 10 Mins Total Time: 15 Mins

I just love cabbage! How could you not love a perfectly round vegetable? Cabbage is so underrated, but it’s really easy to get its beautiful natural sweetness out in the frying pan. Before I went vegan, one of my favourite flavour combinations was bacon and cabbage. This vegan bacon fried cabbage is a super quick dish to whip up and always a winner at the family table!

Vegan bacon is seriously expensive where I am right now, but I’ve discovered starch water bacon! Starch water, or spawn, is the water that is left after you wash flour in the seitan-making process. I recently made a batch of wash the flour (WTF) seitan for my Vegan Rendang so I had a tub of spawn ready for baconising!

For my starch water bacon, I used a combination of the SauceStache recipe and the Yessica Infante recipe. Do pop over to watch their Youtube instructional videos, and Subscribe as these content creators are making all these video content for free.


  • If you are using starch water bacon, add it towards the end otherwise it will go soggy.
  • If you are using seitan bacon, add it before the garlic so it gets nice and crispy.
  • Don’t add any water when frying the cabbage. It will ruin the sweetness!
  • When adding the salt, remember that the bacon is already salty!

The time in this recipe is for making the dish only and does not include making the bacon.

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0/19 Ingredients
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  • Starch Water Bacon (Red Part)
  • Starch Water Bacon (White Part)


0/8 Instructions
  • If you are making your own spawn bacon, watch the SauceStache video to see the technique of how to make the starch water bacon by steaming in a pan.
  • Cut the bacon into small bits and slice all the other ingredients.
  • Heat 2 tbsp of oil over medium heat and put in the garlic. Fry till fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the cabbage on top and a generous sprinkle of salt. Mix until the cabbage is uniformly covered with oil and put a lid on the pan.
  • After about 5 minutes the cabbage will soften and cook in its own moisture. Take the lid off.
  • Add the vacon and spring onion and mix well.
  • Add black pepper to taste.
  • Toss and serve hot.


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