To make this delicious dish, you will need:

  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 pound smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 medium head of cabbage, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (if needed)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Kitchen Equipment

You’ll need the following equipment to prepare this recipe:

  • Large skillet or wok
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Measuring spoons


  1. Cook the Bacon: In a large skillet or wok over medium heat, cook the chopped bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside, leaving the bacon grease in the skillet.
  2. Cook the Sausage and Shrimp: Add the sliced sausage to the skillet and cook until browned. Remove and set aside with the bacon. Add the shrimp to the skillet and cook until pink and opaque, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove and set aside with the sausage and bacon.
  3. Sauté the Vegetables: In the same skillet, add the chopped onion and cook until translucent. If the skillet is dry, add a tablespoon of olive oil. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  4. Cook the Cabbage: Add the chopped cabbage to the skillet. If needed, add another tablespoon of olive oil. Sauté the cabbage until it starts to wilt and soften, about 5-7 minutes.
  5. Combine and Season: Return the cooked bacon, sausage, and shrimp to the skillet. Sprinkle with paprika, red pepper flakes (if using), salt, and pepper. Stir well to combine all ingredients and cook for another 2-3 minutes until everything is heated through.
  6. Serve: Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and serve hot. Enjoy this hearty, flavorful dish!

Tips and Tricks

  • Vegetable Variations: Feel free to add other vegetables like bell peppers, carrots, or zucchini to enhance the nutritional value and flavor.
  • Spice Level: Adjust the amount of red pepper flakes to your preferred spice level. You can also add a splash of hot sauce for extra heat.
  • Make Ahead: You can prep the ingredients ahead of time by chopping the vegetables and slicing the sausage. This will make the cooking process even quicker.

Storing Leftovers

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a skillet over medium heat until warmed through. This dish also reheats well in the microwave.


This Fried Cabbage with Shrimp, Sausage & Bacon pairs wonderfully with:

  • Steamed rice or quinoa
  • Crusty bread or cornbread
  • A fresh green salad or roasted vegetables


Q: Can I use turkey sausage instead of smoked sausage? A: Yes, turkey sausage is a great leaner alternative that will still provide plenty of flavor.

Q: Can I use frozen shrimp? A: Yes, just make sure to thaw the shrimp completely before cooking.

Q: Is there a vegetarian version of this recipe? A: You can make a vegetarian version by using plant-based sausage and omitting the shrimp and bacon. Add more vegetables like mushrooms or tofu for added texture and protein.

Q: Can I add other seasonings? A: Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with seasonings like cumin, thyme, or a bit of lemon juice for added brightness.

Q: How can I make this dish lower in fat? A: Use turkey bacon or a small amount of olive oil instead of regular bacon, and choose leaner sausage options.

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