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How to Make Fried Cabbage with Kielbasa

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With this recipe and video tutorial, you’ll learn how to make fried cabbage with Kielbasa for an affordable and nutritious weeknight supper.

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Fried Cabbage with Kielbasa is an Easy Supper

On those nights when you need to have supper on the table quickly, turn to fried cabbage. You can easily make this nutritious recipe as a side dish to your main meal.

Alternatively, as I do here, you can add Kielbasa and make your fried cabbage a complete meal. It can literally be ready in 20 minutes or less!

What is Kielbasa?

If you’re not familiar with the word Kielbasa, it means sausage in Polish. It is a delicious sausage usually made with pork or a combination of pork and beef and is seasoned with spices and garlic.

Today, you can even find Kielbasa made with turkey, which is what I use in this recipe.

Fried Cabbage Makes a Nutritious Meal

If you are transitioning from a Processed Foods Kitchen to a Traditional Foods Kitchen and are trying to include more nutritious foods into your diet, be sure to add cabbage to your recipes. And fried cabbage is a delightfully flavorful way to incorporate this vegetable into your meals.

Cabbage is rich in fiber, which we all usually need more of. And cooked cabbage is also rich in:

  • Calcium
  • Folate
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Vitamins A, C, and K

Cooked cabbage is also loaded with antioxidants known as phytonutrients that protect our cells from damage and ease inflammation. As you can learn from the following research study, cabbage really is a superfood!

Fried Cabbage is an Affordable Meal

With grocery prices rising, everyone is looking for affordable, budget-friendly meals these days, and fried cabbage is perfect. You can easily make this dish, along with the Kielbasa, for under $10 to serve 4.

You could even stretch this meal to serve 6, if you add some homemade thick-sliced sandwich bread. (Texas Toast!)

When you cook your fried cabbage, the grainy mustard mixed with the apple cider vinegar makes a bit of a gravy in this dish. So homemade bread would be perfect for sopping up all the delicious “juices!”

Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar for Fried Cabbage

To learn how to make homemade apple cider vinegar for this fried cabbage meal or for any recipe calling for vinegar (including homemade salad dressings), check out the following video. I walk you through the entire 30-day process of making apple cider vinegar step-by-step through my three-part series.

More Cabbage Recipes

If you want to incorporate more cabbage into your diet, check out the videos below, where I show you how to make two types of probiotic-rich fermented cabbages. You can even use the cabbage cores leftover from your fried cabbage in these fermented recipes:

Probiotic-rich fermented veggies are a superb addition to any diet because they improve the health of our digestive system. So be sure to include these superfoods in your everyday meals!

Cabbage for St Patrick’s Day or Any Day

And for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, or for any day, you can also make corned beef and cabbage on your stovetop or in your Instant Pot.

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Fried Cabbage with Kielbasa

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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
This recipe makes an affordable and nutritious weeknight supper that can easily serve four or more.


  • Shallow Dutch oven or sauté pan
  • Chef's knife
  • Cutting board


  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Bacon grease, optional If you do not use bacon grease, increase the butter to 2 tablespoons.
  • 12-16 ounces Kielbasa or another sausage, sliced into half-moon bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 large Green cabbage, chopped into bite-sized pieces The cabbage used in this recipe was approximately 2 1/2 pounds.
  • 4 slices Crisp cooked bacon, optional
  • 1 tbsp Whole grain mustard
  • 1 tbsp Apple cider vinegar


  • Place butter and bacon grease (if using) in a shallow Dutch oven or sauté pan and melt over medium heat.
  • Add Kielbasa and cook until browned. Approximately 6 minutes.
  • Add salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes (if using). Stir well.
  • Add cabbage and stir well to coat the cabbage with the melted fat. Also mix in the Kielbasa with the cabbage. (See video.)
  • If you are adding bacon and you like your bacon to soften, you can add it now along with the cabbage. If you want the bacon to maintain its texture, you'll want to add it later.
  • Cover the Dutch oven or sauté pan and turn the heat down to low. Simmer until the cabbage is tender. Approximately 8 minutes.
  • Once the cabbage is tender, add the bacon now if you are using it and didn't add it earlier. Stir well and allow the bacon to warm through.
  • Once the bacon is warmed through (approximately 30 seconds to one minute), turn off the heat and add the mustard and vinegar. Stir well and serve hot.
  • Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • To freeze leftovers, place them in an airtight container. If you are only freezing the fried cabbage it can maintain its best quality for 10-12 months. If you are freezing fried cabbage with Kielbasa, it will maintain its best quality for 1-2 months.



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