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Easy Sausage & Cabbage Skillet

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  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: About 6 cups 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Easy Sausage & Cabbage Skillet – This easy one pan dinner is done in a flash. Try the original or one of our flavor variations for even more ideas! (Gluten-Free, Paleo, Whole30)


  • 23 Tbsp. butter or olive oil (divided)
  • 12 oz. kielbasa, sliced*
  • 1/21 red or white onion, diced
  • 1/2 head green cabbage, shredded or chopped (68 cups)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/21 tsp. Cajun seasoning (I like 1 tsp. for some zing! Start with 1/2 tsp. for more mild)
  • 23 Tbsp. chopped cilantro or parsley
  • 12 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • Hot sauce, for serving, if desired.


  1. In a Dutch oven or very large (12-14″) skillet with high sides, melt 2 Tbsp. of butter/olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the sliced sausage and cook 6-8 minutes, or until the sausage is browned and caramelized to your taste.
  3. Remove the browned sausage from the pan and set aside on a clean plate.
  4. If needed, add 1 Tbsp. butter or olive oil to the pan and add the onion.
  5. Cook the onion 5-7 minutes, or until softened and just starting to color.
  6. Add cabbage, salt, pepper, and Cajun seasoning (you’ll need to work in batches every few minutes if using a skillet).
  7. Cook 10-12 minutes, stirring regularly to soften the cabbage to your liking. I like to still have a small amount of bite (like al dente paste) so it’s not mushy.
  8. Remove from the heat and add fresh herbs, and 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar.
  9. Stir to coat, then taste and add additional vinegar, herbs, or Cajun seasoning, as desired.
  10. Serve as-is or add a shake or two of your favorite hot sauce, to serve.


VARIATIONS: You can try this with turkey, beef, or pork kielbasa, or use any fully cooked, sliced sausage (like Aidell’s chicken sausages or Andouille sausage)

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American