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Tender sautéed cabbage and sausage together create a remarkably simple meal in under 30 minutes!

Cabbage has always been one of my favorite vegetables. When I was growing up my parents would steam it and then give it a heavy dose of salt. (that’s really all it needs). I love to roast it because I’m a big fan of all the crispy bits roasting gives it. Anyone else? If that’s your thing try my Roasted Red Cabbage. My other favorite method is sautéing it like in my Simple Sautéed Cabbage.

This Easy Sausage & Cabbage Skillet is a meal on it’s own with perfectly sautéed cabbage, your favorite dinner sausage, garlic, salt, pepper, and a little crushed red pepper.

You can use any sausage you like but I tend to prefer Applegate since their ingredient list is super clean and simple.

To make this dish you’ll brown your sausage and then set it aside. You could skip this since the sausage is fully cooked and simply heat it with the cabbage at the end. However, I really enjoy getting that beautiful coloring on the sausage and you’ll have a hard time achieving that without cooking it for a few minutes on it’s own. I really think it’s worth the extra time.

Once the sausage is done and removed from the pan, sauté the garlic for a quick minute until golden.

Add the shredded cabbage, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes. (You can omit the red pepper to keep it really mild.) When you first add the cabbage it will completely fill the pan and you may wonder how it will all fit. Don’t worry, it will! Just stir it occasionally as it cooks. It wilts and becomes perfectly tender.

Once the cabbage is tender, stir in the sausage and heat until warmed.

Done! Now that’s an easy meal, right?

How to shred cabbage

  1. Remove any tattered outer leaves.
  2. Cut the cabbage in half or in quarters.
  3. Carefully cut out the core and discard.
  4. Place the cabbage (halved or quartered) so flat side is touching the cutting board. Slice into thin shreds that are about about 1/8 to 1/4 inch wide.

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4.87 from 15 votes

Easy Sausage & Cabbage Skillet

By Christina
Tender sautéed cabbage and sausage together create a remarkably simple meal in under 30 minutes!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 2 1/2 tbsp olive or avocado oil
  • 4 full cooked sausages, sliced into circles 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 small head of cabbage, shredded
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Optional: 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes for a little heat

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    • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet (I use my 12" for this recipe) over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add sliced sausage. Sautè, flipping sausage frequently, for 1 to 2 minutes or until sausage slices have some browning. Remove from pan and set aside.
    • Add remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil to skillet with the garlic. Sauté for 1 minute or until garlic starts to get that golden color.
    • Add shredded cabbage, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes (optional). Stir. Let cook, stirring occasionally, until cabbage is close to tender, about 10 minutes.
    • Add sausage back to pan and stir until combined with cabbage. Cook for another 3 to 5 minutes until sausage is warmed and cabbage is tender. Taste and add more salt if desired.


    Instructions for shredding cabbage can be found in the text above this recipe card.
    Nutrition information is based on using chicken sausage.
    If you want to make this dish spicy sauté 1 medium white or yellow onion (thinly sliced) with your cabbage. 


    Calories: 308kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 60mg, Sodium: 1492mg, Potassium: 386mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 523IU, Vitamin C: 85mg, Calcium: 94mg, Iron: 2mg

    Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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    1. Linda Heep says:

      This was super easy to make but even better, it was so delicious!

      1. Christina says:

        Thank you so much, Linda! Seeing this reminded me that you shared a photo of your dish on Instagram! I’ll go share it in my stories now! 🙂

    2. Judith McCann says:

      Loved this simple, quick snd delicious one skillet dish! So yummy!

      1. Christina says:

        Thank you so much!

    3. Elizabeth says:

      Done it today, very good tasty and quick 

    4. TJ Wise says:

      So easy to make a delicious !

    5. Jai says:

      Recipe was fabulous. Meal was completed in no time flat. Delicious. Made it two days in a row.

    6. Kimberann says:

      So easy, so delicious, and just what I was craving!!!

    7. Laurie says:

      Excellent recipe for easy Skillet sausage and cabbage! Thank you ! 

    8. Ebonie says:

      Easy, quick and tasty! I appreciate the inspiration. I usually bake my cabbage but didn’t feel like it tonight. I love a simple and easy to follow recipe.  I wound up adding some Italian seasoning for a little extra flavor. Yum!

    9. Cayla says:

      Cabbage is not a common ingredient in my kitchen. I’m not sure why, but this dish might change that! It is easy to make, big in flavor, and simply delicious. 

    10. Regina M. Mastillo says:

      Tasty, especially with cajun sausage!