This fried cabbage and sausage skillet is a delicious, timeless recipe. Ready in 30 minutes or less, the meal won’t disappoint and can be made any night of the week. Plus, it’s budget-friendly and great for the whole family. This is the perfect combination of flavor and ease of preparation!
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Why Cabbage and Sausage?
The simplicity and taste of this easy keto recipe cannot be beat!
This skillet dinner is one of my tried and true, reliable recipes I make on busy weeknights.
If you ask me, raw cabbage isn’t overly impressive. It’s rubbery and crunchy. I know some people who love it, but for me, it’s not in my top 10 favorite ways to eat vegetables.
Fried or braised cabbage on the other hand, is an entirely different story! With heat, cabbage becomes soft and tender with a surprisingly sweet taste. Plus, it absorbs all the flavors in this dish really well.
There are many reasons why I recommend this low-carb recipe:
- It’s made in a single skillet so clean up is easy
- All the ingredients are budget-friendly
- The whole family will enjoy it together
- It’s easy to double batch and makes great leftovers!
Easy Fried Cabbage and Sausage Skillet
This dish highlights all the good things about cabbage and sausage. They are naturally complimentary to each other and don’t need much else for flavoring.
To top off the delicious flavor, this easy dinner can be prepped and fried in less than 30 minutes, so it’s perfect to serve without a lot of prep or planning.
If you want to simplify this recipe down to the bare essentials, omit the garlic, onion, bay leaf, and allspice. Just cabbage, sausage, and salt are enough!
This is a delicious high-protein, keto carnivore recipe.
How to Make Cabbage and Sausage Recipe
Get ready to make a cabbage and sausage skillet dinner recipe in 30 minutes or less!
Begin by heating the cooking fat in the skillet over medium-high heat. I always use butter or beef tallow for frying but if you prefer, use extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil to keep this recipe dairy-free and paleo.
Thinly slice the cabbage. Set aside.
Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Add the onions to the skillet first and cook for 4 minutes until soft. Next, add the garlic and bay leaf. Cook for 2 minutes, until fragrant. Stir in the allspice powder.
Add the cabbage to the skillet and mix well. Season with salt. Continue stir-frying until the cabbage is soft and the volume reduces by half. Stir to avoid burning and allow the ingredients to cook evenly.
Slice smoked sausage into thin rounds and add to the pan.
Continue cooking until the cabbage is completely tender and the sausage is slightly browned.
Remove from heat and serve hot!
What is the Best Sausage to Use?
You can use any type of sausage you like!
Find a healthy option made from grass-fed beef or bison, pastured pork or free-range chicken or turkey.
Not only will these have the best quality meat, but it’s likely they will be nitrate-free and have minimal to no added sugar or preservatives.
If you are fortunate enough to have a local supplier or farm near by, support them as much as possible!
Both options offer a variety flavors and protein types from pork, beef, chicken, and turkey.
I prefer to use a smoked sausage in this quick skillet dinner because you just need to reheat the meat which makes the cooking time faster than if you have to cook them all the way through.
The spicier the sausage, the more flavor you get. Feel free to use your favorites!
Keto Cabbage and Sausage Stir Fry?
You can prepare this recipe on many wellness diets. Made with naturally low-carb and dairy-free ingredients this recipe is approved for keto, low-carb, paleo, and whole30 diets.
What good news, if you’re on a keto diet! Recipes like this one-pan dinner are the kind you need to learn how to make so you can succeed with your dietary changes and get the results you want long-term.
Print out this recipe and save it in your kitchen!
More One-Pot and Easy Skillet Dinner Recipes
Learning how to cook satisfying, healthy dinners is a game changer! It’s a big deal to finally find recipes that leave you feeling good after you eat them.
The world is hard enough to navigate through, we don’t need the meal prep to be a mystifying experience.
Try these other quick and easy dinner meals and build your kitchen confidence!
- Ground Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry involves only a simple mix of everyday ingredients inspired by Asian flavors.
- Cheeseburger Pie is the ultimate quick and easy family-friendly meal for lunch or dinner at any time of the year.
- Organ Meat Pie might sound unusual but it’s a great budget meal with important nutrient-density excellent for those with auto-immune conditions or ex-vegans wanting to recover their health.
- Breakfast Casserole make breakfast for dinner and enjoy all the comforting flavors of this savory, satiating meal.
- Slow-Cooked Beef Stew is an easy dump kind of crockpot meal. It’s hands-off and makes tasty leftovers.
Fried Cabbage and Sausage Skillet
- 2 tablespoons butter or extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium onion diced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 bay leaf
- ¼ teaspoon allspice powder
- 1 medium green cabbage sliced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 pound smoked sausage
- Heat the cooking fat in a skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the onions to the skillet and cook for 4 minutes until soft. Next, add the garlic and bay leaf. Cook for 2 minutes, until fragrant. Stir in the allspice powder.
- Add the cabbage to the skillet and mix well. Season with salt. Continue stir-frying until the cabbage is soft and the volume reduces by half. Stir to avoid burning and allow the ingredients to cook evenly.
- Slice smoked sausage into thin rounds and add to the pan.Continue cooking until the cabbage is completely tender and the sausage is slightly browned.Serve warm.
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Originally published on January 2, 2018. Recently updated October 7, 2020 with new images and directions.
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Meet Jessica Haggard
Jessica Haggard is the creator of Primal Edge Health, where she shares simple, nourishing low-carb, keto and carnivore diet recipes. With a focus on from scratch, homemade cooking, animal-based nutrition, and easy DIY beauty and personal care recipes, there’s always something new going on in her kitchen! Jessica will teach you exactly how to thrive with all the best ingredients and enjoy the journey along the way.