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Low carb Fried Kielbasa and Cabbage is a quick and easy dinner recipe that takes less than 30 minutes to make and uses just 6 ingredients.

pan fried kielbasa and cabbage on a white plate

If you’re looking for an easy weeknight dinner recipe, I’ve got you covered with this low carb kielbasa and cabbage skillet. Sausage and cabbage is one of the easiest kielbasa recipes out there, plus it’s a one dish meal that’s budget friendly and ready in less than 30 minutes. What’s not to love?!

Fried kielbasa and cabbage is basically a low-carb version of my favorite fried noodles and cabbage — haluski. You basically make it the same way, only you don’t add egg noodles in the end.

My kids adore noodles and cabbage, so I didn’t think they would go for this lightened up version.  I even offered to throw in some egg noodles just for them. But my usually picky eaters surprised me this time. They loved this smoked sausage and cabbage!

So, whether you’re looking for keto friendly recipes, trying to cut back on carbs or just looking for delicious budget friendly comfort food, I hope you’ll give this easy fried kielbasa and cabbage a try. And if you happen to have some cooked bacon, just throw some in at the end — yum!

How do you make fried cabbage and kielbasa (smoked sausage)?

First,  you chop up an onion, and cook it with some butter in a skillet or Dutch oven until it’s nice and soft.

pan fry onions in butter

Then, you add your chopped cabbage, salt and pepper. Cabbage has a ton of water in it, so don’t worry if it seems like a lot of cabbage. It will reduce down in no time!

pan fry cabbage in large skillet dutch oven

When the cabbage is soft, but still firm and green, you add in your kielbasa. The smoked sausage is already cooked, so you just need to warm it up.

how to fry kielbasa and cabbage in skillet dutch oven

I had some leftover cooked bacon, so I added some at the end. You could even cook the bacon first and use bacon fat instead of butter! And that’s all there is to making fried kielbasa and cabbage — super simple!

fried kielbasa and cabbage with onions and bacon on white plate

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Fried Kielbasa and Cabbage Recipe

5 from 7 votes

Fried Kielbasa and Cabbage

By: Dee
Low carb Fried Kielbasa and Cabbage is a quick and easy dinner recipe that takes less than 30 minutes to make and uses just 6 ingredients. Budget friendly and keto friendly!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 medium cabbage, washed, cored and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound kielbasa, sliced thin
  • additional salt and pepper, to taste
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  • In a large skillet or Dutch oven, cook the onions and butter over medium heat, stirring frequently, until onions are soft
  • Add the cabbage, sea salt and pepper, and cook until cabbage is slightly soft, stirring frequently
  • Stir in the sliced kielbasa, and cook until heated through. Mix everything together, taste, and add additional salt and pepper, to taste


You want to cook this dish just until cabbage is soft but still slightly firm and light green. You may need to remove extra liquid before serving.
If you like your kielbasa browned more, cook it first, and then, add cabbage.


Calories: 325kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 62mg, Sodium: 1111mg, Potassium: 463mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 265IU, Vitamin C: 57.5mg, Calcium: 74mg, Iron: 1.8mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
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Fried Kielbasa and Cabbage recipe

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  1. Daddy says:

    This was good…thanks for sharing!

    1. Dee says:

      Glad you liked the recipe. Thanks!

  2. Miz Helen says:

    Kielbasa and Cabbage one of my favorites combinations, this sure looks good! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen5 stars

  3. James says:

    Loved this and no carbs at all! We will be serving this frequently.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      So glad to hear this, James. Thanks so much!

  4. Krista says:

    I have to make this for my hubs! He will love it!5 stars

  5. Anna says:

    Love how easy this dish is to whip up! So good!

  6. Brandy O'Neill says:

    My husband would love this! Have to make it for him!

  7. Taylor says:

    Such a yummy low carb option! Love that it’s made in just one pot!5 stars

  8. Allyson Zea says:

    This looks like the best dinner ever!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks! It’s a new family favorite! 🙂

  9. Demeter says:

    Such a great dinner option especially for the new year. Great combinationof being easy on the pocketbook and low carb.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks! It really is perfect for this time of year.

  10. Sabrina says:

    The added bacon at the end sounds amazing! Adding this to our next week’s dinners.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Oh yes — Bacon makes everything better! 🙂