Sausage Fried Cabbage

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5 from 3 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 18 minutes
Total: 28 minutes

Southern Sausage Fried Cabbage is a simple one skillet dish that makes a hearty, tasty and quick dinner any night of the week. It is so versatile and you can add your families favorite into the pan.

Sausage Fried Cabbage in a cast iron pan.

Zesty Sausage Fried Cabbage is a staple in many households due to it is quick, uses a lot of garden fresh vegetables and everyone’s favorite sausage. It is perfect for a quick, filling and fabulous supper.

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What We Love About This Sausage Recipe

  • 30 Minute Meal: Quick to make and quick clean up, with only one pan.
  • Easy Ingredients: All easy ingredients.
  • Family Friendly: Can make with all your families favorite vegetables and seasonings.
  • Adaptable: Can make it, meat free or use a vegan meat substitute.
Close up on the cabbage in a pan.

Ingredient Notes for Southern Fried Cabbage Recipe

  • Smoked Turkey Sausage or you can also use andouille sausage.
  • Cabbage: A nice head of cabbage, sliced. Remove tough outer leaves.
  • House Seasoning Blend– a perfect blend of garlic powder, salt, black pepper, onion powder etc.
  • Chicken Stock: A low sodium chicken broth can be used here.
Cabbage, sausage, pepper, onions and seasonings.

Equipment Needed for Fried Cabbage and Sausage Recipe

How to Make Recipe for Sauteed Cabbage

These are the basic steps for making fried cabbage and sausage. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information.

STEP 1: STIR

First, in a large pan heat butter and 2 tbsp olive oil and then stir sauté sliced peppers, onions, and sliced sausage until softened on a medium heat.

STEP 2: SAUTE

Second, slice cabbage, rinse and add to pan and next add in the seasoning and toss the cabbage with the sautéed pepper and onions and smoked sausage on a medium-high heat until tenderness you desire.

STEP 3: STOCK

Next, add chicken stock, bring to a boil over high heat, cover with a lid.

STEP 4: COOK UNTIL TENDER

Finally, reduce heat and cover for 10-12 mins, stirring every 4-5 mins.

Prep and Storage Tips for Fried Cabbage with Sausage

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Shred the vegetables ahead of time.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Really, this is great frozen. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months in the freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Reheat any leftovers by warming in the microwave oven.

Frequently Asked Questions about Sausage Fried Cabbage

HOW TO MAKE THIS FRIED CABBAGE RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Truly it is a pretty healthy dish however you can adjust it to your taste by making it Keto, low carb, or even use a vegan sausage in this dish.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE A DIFFERENT SAUSAGE?

Of course, pork,beef, chicken, turkey, spicy, use whatever your family enjoys.

CAN THIS SAUSAGE FRIED CABBAGE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Of course, you can adjust the amount in the recipe box below to make the quantity that you desire.

HOW TO PICK THE PERFECT CABBAGE?

Here is a great guide to help you pick the perfect one.

Forkful of cabbage and sausages.

Expert Tips for Making This Southern Fried Cabbage Recipe

  • Add Different Vegetables: To make this dish even more hardy add some sliced potatoes or peppers or even tomatoes in this Sausage Fried Cabbage.
  • Kielbasa: This protein works great in this recipe and adds a great flavor.
  • Bacon: Want even more meat? Bacon bits add a wonderful flavor.
  • Vinegar: Try a splash of balsamic or apple cider vinegar.
  • Fresh: A squeeze of lemon, lime or fresh herbs can make this dish pop.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Vegan sausage can be used in this dish.
  • Seasoning: Red pepper flakes or cajun seasoning can be added to taste.

What to Serve with Sausage Fried Cabbage

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Sausage Fried Cabbage in a cast iron pan.
5 from 3 votes

Sausage Fried Cabbage

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 18 minutes
Total: 28 minutes
Sausage Fried Cabbage is a simple one skillet dish that makes a hearty, tasty and quick dinner any night of the week. It is so versatile and you can add your families favorite into the pan.
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter , separated
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 smoked turkey sausage link
  • 1/4 bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/4 onion, sliced
  • 1 cabbage, , thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp House Seasoning Blend
  • 1-1 1/2 cups chicken stock

Instructions

  • In a large pan heat butter and 2 tbsp olive oil.
  • Sauté sliced peppers, onions, and sliced sausage until the peppers and onions are softened, about 4-6 mins.
  • Cut cabbage in half, cut out the root (center)
  • Cut the halves, in half and then slice the cabbage.
  • Give it a good rinse and add to the pan.
  • Add in the seasoning and toss the cabbage with the sautéed pepper and onions and smoked sausage.
  • Once the cabbage is nicely coated, continue to toss for about 3-4 mins. Add in 1 cup chicken stock, reserving the rest in case it’s needed later.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat
  • Reduce heat and cover for 10-12 mins, stirring every 4-5 mins
  • The cabbage should not be soggy and should still have some bite to it when you test it. If more stock is needed, add it during this phase

Expert Tips

  • Add Different Vegetables: To make this dish even more hardy add some sliced potatoes or peppers or even tomatoes.
  • Kielbasa: This protein works great in this recipe and adds a great flavor.
  • Bacon: Want even more meat? Bacon bits add a wonderful flavor.
  • Heat: Cajun spices can really add a punch of flavor.
  • Fresh: A squeeze of lemon, lime or fresh herbs can make this dish pop.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Vegan sausage can be used in this dish.
  • Seasoning: Red pepper flakes or cajun seasoning can be added to taste.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 1501mg | Potassium: 582mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 654IU | Vitamin C: 94mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 2mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minute meal

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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