how to make fried cabbage and sausage | Family Cuisine

Fried cabbage and sausage is a very popular dish in Germany. It's not just the taste that makes it so addicting, but also how easy it is to make.

Easy Fried Cabbage with Sausage skillet meal, ready in 30 minutes for dinner. Kielbasa sausage is cooked with onions and cabbage to make a simple delicious recipe!

fried cabbage and sausage in black skillet on white background

I’m back with another sausage and cabbage recipe! I can’t help it, these 2 ingredients go together so perfectly, so I’m always looking for new ways to serve it.

Our usual favorite kielbasa & cabbage recipes are Polish Sausage and Cabbage Soup, Ham and Cabbage Soup, Slow Cooker Kielbasa and Cabbage, Italian Sausage Pasta and Slow Cooker Sausage and Cabbage but I wanted to make something in about 30 minutes (it was one of those nights, you know?) so I came up with this quick Fried Cabbage and Sausage skillet meal.

Here’s a quick recipe video I made to show you how simple it is to make!


You only need 6 simple ingredients to make this meal. Lots of fried cabbage recipes call for bacon, but I actually prefer it without bacon as I think the sausage is hearty enough, especially when served over mashed potatoes.

  1. olive oil (I buy ours in bulk)
  2. onion (chopped)
  3. kielbasa sausage
  4. cabbage (chopped)
  5. butter
  6. salt & pepper
chopped up sausage with cabbage and onions in black skillet

How to Make

Prep. Chop up an onion. Chop up a head of cabbage. Cut up sausage into 1 inch pieces.

head of cabbage and sausage on white plate

Fry. Add olive oil to a large frying pan and cook onion and sausage until browned.

chopped up sausage with fried onions in skillet with wooden spoon

Add the cabbage and butter. I know this will look like a lot of cabbage (that’s why you need a large pan) but trust me, it wilts down. Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook until soft, stirring every couple of minutes so it doesn’t stick to the pan.

Season. Add salt and pepper to taste, just a little dash will do.

Serve. Personally, I think you should serve this meal over mashed potatoes, but check out my other serving ideas below.

bowl of mashed potatoes with fried cabbage and sausage on top of it

What to serve it with?

You can eat this “as is”, but I highly recommend you serve fried cabbage and sausage over these 2 options:

  1. mashed potatoes – my absolute favorite. Load up a plate of creamy mashed potatoes and serve this dish on top of them. Perfection!
  2. egg noodles – my husband’s preferred way. Cook some egg noodles, put them on a plate and serve this on top. Delicious!

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