Irish Bacon Recipe

Irish Bacon Recipe


How To Make Irish Bacon

Enjoy a hearty plate of this Irish bacon for an easy meal. It's served with tender-crisp cabbage, parsley sauce, & boiled potatoes.

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 1 hr 30 mins
Total: 1 hr 45 mins


  • 4 lbs Irish boiling bacon
  • 1 savoy cabbage, trimmed, quartered, and cored
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • parsley sauce, for serving
  • Yukon gold potatoes, boiled, for serving


  1. Place bacon in a large pot and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

  2. Cover bacon with hot water. Cover pot and simmer for about 1 hour until almost cooked through.

  3. Meanwhile, slice cabbage across the grain into thin shreds; rinse with cold water if necessary. Add the cabbage to the pot with bacon and continue cooking for 20 minutes more.

  4. Remove bacon from pot; strain cabbage and transfer to a large bowl or serving platter. Add butter and season with pepper; toss to combine.

  5. Serve bacon and cabbage with parsley sauce and potatoes. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If bacon is very salty, a white froth will form on the surface of the water. In this case, discard water and start again. Repeat the process until no froth forms on the surface of the water; drain.


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