These easy cabbage steaks are topped with bacon and blue cheese for an irresistible vegetable side dish! They can be grilled, fried, roasted, or cooked however you like.
Cabbage has always been one of my favorite low carb vegetables. I love it by itself, but thick slices with bacon and blue cheese really take the flavor to the next level!
Although there are several cooking methods to choose from, I love making grilled cabbage steaks. It gets me outside in the fresh air and there’s almost no clean up. You also get that delicious smoky flavor.
This side is one of my go-to easy vegetable dishes. It’s so tasty, plus it whips up with almost no effort.
You’ll simply brush the cabbage slices with a mixture of apple cider vinegar, sweetener, and bacon grease. Cook it however you like, then sprinkle on cheese and bacon. That’s it!
How to make cabbage steaks
Cooking this delicious veggie side can be done in 5 simple steps:
- Cook bacon. Use any cooking method you like until crisp. I like to use baked bacon but if you are grilling outside, try bacon on a stick. Set aside and allow strips to cool, reserving the bacon grease.
- Slice the cabbage. Cut the head into 8 slices, then season with salt and pepper.
- Prepare the dressing. Mix together the apple cider vinegar, sweetener, and bacon grease, then lightly brush the cabbage with the mixture.
- Cook the cabbage. This can be done on the grill, in a pan on the stove, or however you like. If desired, you can baste the cabbage with the leftover liquid mixture as it cooks. I recommend cooking about 5 minutes per side until the cabbage is tender.
- Add the toppings. Once cooked, top with crumbled bacon and blue cheese. Enjoy!
Cooking on the grill
I love the taste you get from cabbage steaks cooked on the grill. It adds delicious flavor, plus there’s almost no clean up!
To keep the cabbage from falling apart, I like to use a grill mesh mat. Then, simply cook the cabbage for about 5 minutes per side until tender.
It’s so easy to grill up the slices alongside your main dish, too. You could grill beef patties for bunless burgers, delicious steaks, or try my keto chicken shish kabobs!
You’ll have everything you need for a delicious outdoor BBQ.
Pan frying is another option if it's too cold to cook outside.
Simply coat a pan with oil (or leftover bacon grease), then place the brushed cabbage steaks in the pan over medium-high heat. Cook for about 5 minutes per side until tender.
Other cooking methods
There are a few other ways you can prep the cabbage slices.
If you want to roast them in the oven, I recommend placing them under the broiler. This is the closest method to grilling.
Alternatively, you could try cooking them in the air fryer. Set your air fryer to 350°F and cook your cabbage for about 8 minutes, then check for desired crispiness.
How to cut cabbage steaks
Start by cutting off the root end of a large cabbage to create a flat surface. Then, place the flat bottom onto your cutting board.
From there, cut the cabbage from top to bottom into slices that are about ¾ inch to 1 inch thick. You can work from end to end, or slice down the center and work your way out.
More veggie dishes
Looking for more tasty, keto friendly ways to enjoy your vegetable sides? Check out a few of these favorite recipes:
- Low Carb Coleslaw is another delicious cabbage recipe made with a creamy sugar free dressing. And you only need 5 ingredients!
- Keto Broccoli Salad is tossed in a tangy dressing and topped with bacon and cheese for extra flavor.
- Zucchini Au Gratin is a healthier alternative to the high carb potato version that still tastes amazing!
- Keto Creamed Spinach is packed with incredible creamy and cheesy flavor for an irresistible side dish.
- Paleo Zucchini Chips are the perfect way to scoop all of your favorite dips without the extra carbs!
- Instant Pot Green Beans is a quick vegetable dish that ups the flavor with bacon and onion.
If you've never had cabbage steaks you're in for a treat. It's a tasty vegetable side that’s super easy to make indoors or out. So if you're looking for a new way to enjoy this low-carb veggie, definitely give this dish a try.
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Grilled Cabbage Steaks with Blue Cheese and Bacon
- 1 large whole cabbage (39 ounces)
- ⅓ cup blue cheese crumbled, (38g)
- 5 strips no sugar bacon
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 pinch stevia glycerite or 15 drops stevia, or 1 tablespoon Sukrin Fiber Syrup Gold
- bacon grease from 5 strips
- pinch of chili powder
- salt & pepper to taste
- Cook bacon until crisp. (either on a pan, a toaster oven, or conventional oven). Let it cool and crumble. Reserve grease and set aside.
- Cut cabbage into 8 slices. Season with salt and black pepper.
- Lightly brush cabbage with Apple Cider Vinegar, sweetener, and bacon drippings.
- Cook cabbage on the grill or in a pan. Opt to baste with the liquid mixture.
- Before serving, top with crisp bacon and crumbled blue cheese. Enjoy!
Low Carb Sweeteners | Keto Sweetener Conversion Chart
Array ( [serving_size] => 1 [calories] => 113 [carbohydrates] => 8 [protein] => 5 [fat] => 7 [saturated_fat] => 3 [cholesterol] => 13 [sodium] => 231 [potassium] => 282 [fiber] => 3 [sugar] => 4 [vitamin_a] => 178 [vitamin_c] => 51 [calcium] => 85 [iron] => 1 [serving_unit] => steak )
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First Published: August 15, 2016... Last Updated: June 11, 2020
How do I know when it is done? How long do we cook them for?
They should be tender. It takes about 5 minutes per side.
Any tips on cooking this on the grill? Directly on the grates or in some sort of pan? I feel like it would fall apart once it became soft.
I like to use a grill mesh mat to keep things on the grill.
How high do you cook in oven and how long?
I'd use the broiler as it's the closest to grilling.
Yum! I would make this even if I weren't on a low carb diet. Looks delicious and would be excellent paired with a big steak.
That's for sure! 🙂
Any suggestions for a cheese replacement? I can't stand blue cheese!
You could try Parmesan.
Jewel M Greenberg
I bet feta and parsley would also be really good, for anyone who's not in to blue cheese. Lisa, do you use this as a side or a light main? Thanks for this idea!
It's a side dish for me. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.