All you need is a few simple ingredients to make this ridiculously tasty 30-minute cabbage and kielbasa skillet! It's easy, inexpensive comfort food at its very best.
Looking for just the cabbage? Try my Simple Sautéed Cabbage recipe.
Cabbage and sausage skillet
If you haven't tried the irresistible combo of cabbage and kielbasa yet, you're missing out! The kielbasa is rich and smoky and the perfect contrast to the tender, buttery fried cabbage in this no-fuss, affordable weeknight dinner.
Since I'm half Czech, I am no stranger to the goodness of cabbage. I definitely grew up eating a lot of it, so I learned early on how amazing this humble ingredient really can taste! If you're skeptical about cabbage, this one-pan recipe will change your mind. The simplicity lets all the individual components shine.
Just a handful of ingredients
- Kielbasa - slice the sausage into evenly sized rounds
- Olive oil - for pan frying the sausage until browned
- Butter - to sauté the onion
- Onion - I like sweet Vidalia onions, but you can choose your favorite variety
- Cabbage - we're using green cabbage here. You don't need to be super precise in measuring it out, but make sure to shred it into fairly thin ribbons, or your cooking time may be longer.
- Garlic - I suggest two cloves, but you're welcome to add as much as you like! It's very easy to mince with this garlic press since you don't need to peel the cloves beforehand.
- Paprika - mild paprika is the magic ingredient that totally transforms cabbage and brings out its wonderful flavor
What is kielbasa?
- It's a smoked pork sausage with garlic that originated in central and eastern Europe. Here in North America kielbasa is often sold in regular grocery stores labeled as "kielbasa" or "smoked Polish sausage". The word "kielbasa" actually means "sausage", so if you go to a Polish grocer and ask for it, you'll have to be more specific since they'll have many varieties. Here in Canada we often refer to "kielbasa" simply as "kubasa". Now you know!
How to make sautéed sausage and cabbage
This is an overview, and full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.
- Pan fry the kielbasa with the olive oil in a skillet until it's crisp and nicely browned. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
- Sauté the onions in the butter for a few minutes, and then add in the cabbage. Cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently, until the cabbage is tender-crisp.
- Add in the garlic and paprika and stir until combined. Put the sausage back in the skillet and cook until warmed through. Season generously with salt and pepper, and enjoy right away.
Substitutions and variations
- Smoked Ukrainian or Hungarian sausage or even Andouille would work in this dish too.
- Some crispy bacon would be a fantastic addition.
- Mild paprika is the standard preparation and has more than enough flavor, but you could try subbing it for hot or smoked paprika if you like.
- You could serve it with a little bit of sour cream on the side!
What to serve with it
- It's a complete meal in itself, but you're welcome to pair it with a side salad. Try a fresh green salad with my Creamy Balsamic Dressing.
- A slice of bread would be great. Rye bread is my go-to for this one, but a crusty bread like a baguette works too.
Leftovers and storage
- Any leftovers will keep for a few days in the fridge in an airtight container.
- Reheat in a saucepan or skillet over a low heat for best results.
- I wouldn't recommend freezing this recipe. The texture of the cooked cabbage won't come out the same.
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Sautéed Cabbage and Kielbasa
- 16 ounces kielbasa (smoked Polish sausage) sliced into 1/4" rounds
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1 medium green cabbage sliced thin, core removed
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Heat oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until it's nicely browned (7-10 minutes). Turn the heat down to medium once it gets going. Remove the kielbasa from the pan and set aside once it's nice and crisp.
- Add the butter and onion to the pan. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the cabbage to the pan and cook uncovered for 10-15 minutes, stirring fairly often. The cabbage at the bottom of the pan will start to wilt after a few minutes and it will become easier to stir. The onions will also start to lightly brown and become more flavorful.
- Once the cabbage is tender-crisp and cooked to your liking, add the garlic and paprika. Stir until it's combined. Add in the sausage and cook for a couple more minutes until it's heated through. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
- Smoked Ukrainian or Hungarian sausage would work as well.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.