30-Minute Kielbasa and Cabbage Skillet

updated Oct 14, 2022
30-Minute Kielbasa and Cabbage Skillet

Buttery sautéed cabbage and smoky kielbasa sausage take center stage in this low-carb dinner.


Prep5 minutes

Cook20 minutes to 24 minutes

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If you’re new to cooking with cabbage (or skeptical that you’ll like it), I encourage you to give this skillet dinner a try. Once you watch the crunchy crucifer turn tender, golden, and buttery alongside smoky sliced sausage and a sprinkle of caraway seeds, you’ll be hooked. Apples and mustard are classic accompaniments to both kielbasa and cabbage, so you’ll finish this 30-minute meal with a splash of sweet and tangy apple cider vinegar and whole-grain mustard.

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What Is Kielbasa?

Kielbasa is a mild Polish sausage infused with garlic, pimento, herbs, and smoke. It’s most often made from pork, though some brands use a combination of pork and beef. Look for it in the deli meats section of the grocery store where you’ll find eighteen-inch lengths of Kielbasa curved into the shape of a horseshoe.

Are Cabbage And Kielbasa OK To Eat On Keto?

Kielbasa, like other cured meats and sausages, can be eaten as part of the ketogenic diet because of its relatively high fat content (a good thing for keto-eaters!). Sausages can contain hidden sweeteners and fillers that contribute to a climbing carb count, so it’s important to check and compare the ingredient lists of the different brands carried in your grocery store.

With its very low carb count, cabbage is also a great choice for anyone watching their carbs and eating keto. It has a firm texture and a milder flavor than other crucifers like kale, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. And unlike most leafy greens, it retains a pleasant crunch even after it’s cooked. Try it in everything from skillet dinners to stir-fries and slaws.

30-Minute Kielbasa and Cabbage Skillet

Buttery sautéed cabbage and smoky kielbasa sausage take center stage in this low-carb dinner.

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 20 minutes to 24 minutes


Nutritional Info


  • 12 to 16 ounces

    kielbasa sausage

  • 1/2

    small (2- to 3-pound) head green cabbage

  • 2 tablespoons

    unsalted butter or ghee

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    caraway seeds

  • Pinch red pepper flakes

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon

    whole-grain mustard

  • 1 tablespoon

    apple cider vinegar


  1. Halve 12 to 16 ounces kielbasa sausage lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-wide pieces. Core and chop 1/2 head green cabbage into rough 1-inch pieces (about 8 cups).

  2. Melt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter in a large cast iron or regular skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds and a pinch red pepper flakes, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the kielbasa and cook until browned, 6 to 8 minutes.

  3. Add the cabbage, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally and scraping the bottom of the pan to release any browned bits, until tender and lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard and 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and toss to combine.

Recipe Notes

Make ahead: The sausage and cabbage can be cut and refrigerated separately up to 3 days in advance.

Storage: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

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