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I love fried cabbage almost as much as I love a quick stir fry meal, and this fried cabbage and sausage recipe combines the best of both worlds. This one-pan wonder is a naturally healthy dinner recipe made with andouille sausage and my homemade Cajun seasoning for the best flavor… making it a flavor packed meal in just 30 minutes! It’s the perfect dinner shortcut when you’re short on time.
Why You’ll Love This Cabbage And Sausage Recipe
- Crispy, juicy sausage
- Tender and caramelized cabbage
- Bursting with savory, spicy, and slightly sweet flavors
- Just 7 simple ingredients (plus salt)
- Good mix of protein and vegetables
- On the table in 30 minutes
- Perfect light meal for weeknight dinners or meal prep lunches
Ingredients & Substitutions
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for cooking sausage and cabbage, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Olive Oil – For sauteing. You can also use avocado oil, or any neutral heat-safe oil you like.
- Sausage – Andouille sausage is the star protein in this dish, but feel free to mix it up with other tasty options, like kielbasa, chorizo, smoked sausage, or Italian sausage. Slice the sausage thinly. You can also make this cabbage and sausage skillet using ground sausage instead, if that’s what you have on hand.
- Butter – Adds flavor when cooking the onions. I use unsalted butter here, but you could use salted and just reduce the amount of added salt a little bit. You can also just use more oil instead.
- Onion – Adds another level of texture and flavor. Feel free to throw in some minced garlic at the same time, too. I cook the onions until they are starting to brown, but you could caramelize onions for this dish if you have the time and like the flavor.
- Cabbage – Shredded cabbage, the other star of the dish, brings crunch and freshness. You can slice it using a knife, or shred it in a food processor. If you want a shortcut, use bagged coleslaw mix!
- Diced Tomatoes – Adds a juicy pop of color and a sweet, tangy flavor. I used canned diced tomatoes, but feel free to dice up some fresh ones.
- Cajun Seasoning – A blend you can easily whip up at home with cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, and a few other herbs and spices.
- Sea Salt
VARIATION: Make cabbage, potatoes, and sausage for a heartier dish.
Throw in 2-3 sliced, medium-sized potatoes at the beginning with the sausage, so they have enough time to cook and soak up all the flavors.
How To Make Cabbage And Sausage
This section shows how to make fried cabbage and sausage, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Brown the sausage. Heat the oil in a large skillet with tall sides (I love this braiser pan because it can fit all the cabbage before it wilts down). Add the sausage, and brown on each side. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm.
- Sauté the onions. Wipe down the pan, and add the butter and onions. Reduce to medium-low heat. Sauté the onions, until they are soft and starting to brown.
- Cook the cabbage. Add the shredded cabbage to the pan, cover, and cook until cabbage is starting to wilt, but still crisp-tender.
- Season and stir fry. Add the diced tomatoes, Cajun seasoning, salt, and cooked sausage to the pan. Stir fry cabbage and sausage together, until the cabbage has wilted and extra liquid has evaporated. I like to garnish with green onions, but fresh parsley is great, too.
- Store: Keep any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days.
- Meal prep: Since cabbage and sausage recipes store and reheat well, you can make this dish ahead for quick weekday lunches.
- Reheat: I recommend warming leftovers on the stovetop over medium heat, but you can reheat them in the microwave as well.
- Freeze: Store in a freezer-safe container for 2-3 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.
More Easy Cabbage Recipes
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My Favorite Pan For This Recipe
This braiser pan is the perfect size for this sausage and cabbage recipe, because it can fit all the cabbage before it wilts down. If you don’t have one, a skillet might work if you add the cabbage in batches, or just use a large pot or Dutch oven. Cast iron works best for the quickest cooking and for the cabbage to caramelize nicely.
Cabbage And Sausage
A super easy fried cabbage and sausage recipe! Make it with just 7 simple ingredients in 30 minutes, for a simple, healthy one-pan dinner.
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Tap on the times in the instructions below to start a kitchen timer while you cook.
Wipe down the pan and add the butter.
Reduce heat to medium-low. Add the onions to the pan and cook for 8-10 minutes, until soft and starting to brown.
Add the cabbage. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes, until the cabbage is starting to wilt near the bottom of the pan.
Uncover and stir. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until cabbage is slightly wilted but a little crisp-tender.
Add the drained diced tomatoes, cajun seasoning, salt to taste, and cooked sausage. Increase heat to medium-high.
Stir fry for 3-4 minutes, until cabbage is wilted and extra liquid has evaporated.
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