Free Easy Kielbasa and Cabbage Skillet Recipe

One-pan recipes and sausages are a stellar combination.⁣

Especially on weeknights, when you’re short on time and energy and want a flavorful, filling dish on the table fast.⁣

On such nights I often pick recipes starring sausages. Partly, because they are already smoked, spiced, and seasoned, and quick and easy to cook. And partly, because they’re a super-versatile form of meat – they taste great with just about anything!⁣

Now, if you’re a fan of the herbaceous sausage varieties, you should try out Kielbasa – a Polish sausage infused with aromatic herbs, pimento, garlic, and smoke.⁣

This Kielbasa and Cabbage Skillet is a smoky, peppery, garlicky, savory delight. The succulent browned meat pairs wonderfully with sautéed cabbage and onion. Season with some red wine vinegar and red pepper flakes, and you’re in for quite a palatable experience.

This recipe gets BONUS points for making a budget-friendly, gluten-free dish that you can whip up using pantry staples.


  • 3 tbsp butter, divided (substitute olive, avocado, or coconut oil)
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 14 oz Kielbasa, thinly sliced
  • 12 oz (about 5 cups) green cabbage, shredded or sliced
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste – 1 tsp paprika


  • red pepper flakes, to taste


  1. Melt 1 tbsp of butter in a large skillet, over medium heat.
  2. Saute garlic and onion until the onion turns colorless and garlic is fragrant. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
  3. Red wine vinegar is next into the pan. Mix it with onion and garlic.
  4. Add sliced kielbasa, and saute again until lightly browned.
  5. Next, add the rest of butter, cabbage, paprika, salt, and pepper and mix all ingredients.
  6. Sauté the cabbage until tender and appears caramelized.
  7. If using, add red pepper flakes before you serve.


  • If you can find pre-shredded bagged cabbage or coleslaw mix, it is a great time saver!
  • Be careful when selecting kielbasa or prepackaged sausages/deli meats. Many contain added sugars. Always look for uncured nitrate free versions with very low or no added sugars. If these are unavailable to you, you can substitute any ground meat or sugar free sausage in this recipe.

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 4

Macros: Fat: 28.7g | Protein: 17.4g | Net Carbs: 6.8g | Fiber: 2.6g | Sugar Alcohols: 0g | Calories: 359