Kielbasa and Cabbage


Kielbasa and Cabbage

I know, I know, cabbage is not everyone’s favorite and as I kid I used to turn up my nose at it but as I have grown older I have actually become quite fond of this yummy veggie. I am also a huge fan of kielbasa and have found that it is a perfect partner for some cabbage. In this recipe for kielbasa and cabbage I saute cabbage with garlic, cider vinegar, crushed red pepper and caraway seeds. Sounds yummy all by itself right? Well, I took it one step further and added in some scrumptious polish sausage.

Serve this over creamy mashed potatoes or  roasted garlic mashed red potatoes and you have a very comforting meal. Just keep your pillow handy, you’ll probably want a nap afterwards.

  • Serves 4
  • Prep time:
  • Cook time:


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 cups roughly chopped cabbage, rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 package beef or turkey kielbasa, halved lengthwise and then sliced into bite size pieces


  1. In a skillet large enough to accommodate the cabbage, start by heating olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Add remaining ingredients except kielbasa. Cover and cook 15 minutes.
  2. Add the kielbasa and cook another 10 minutes or until the sausage is warmed through.


  • Mary

    I love, love, love cabbage. I’ve never thought about cooking it with kielbasa. Of course!

  • Deseree

    Yay! Another cabbage lover! Thanks Mary :)

  • Olga

    oh, that so totally screams comfort! Anything with mashed potatoes is great ;)

  • FloristaThorne

    I boil it up all in one pot: potatoes first, then cabbage, add kielbasa last. Serve in big bowls so to mash up & butter taters, drown cabbage in vinegar. Lots of fresh ground pepper. Husband thinks ‘I cooked!’

  • Deseree

    Olga: Thanks! I totally agree, mashed potatoes make anything better ;-)
    Florista: I never thought to put it all in one pot before, that sounds super yummy! Isn’t it great when good comfort food is so easy to make? :)

  • Chasing the Moon

    I tried this recipe last night and it was delicious! I’m so happy I found this site and all its inspiring and yummy recipes. Thanks so much!

  • Diane

    I typed in Keilbasa in Food Gawker and lo and behold your recipe came up. I have all these ingredients and since we love cabbage and Kielbasa…dinner looks planned to me!!! Nom nom nom! Can’t wait! Thanks for posting this.

    PS. Like your blog.

  • Deseree

    Chasing the Moon- You’re welcome and thank you! I am happy to hear that you enjoyed it!
    Thank you Diane! I hope you like it :)

  • Erin Andrews

    Found this recipe after searching for kielbasa via Tastespotting. Made it for dinner tonight and it was delicious and easy. My husband loved it so much it will definitely become a regular dinner in our household. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kim

    This was SO good!! It had an excellent balance and depth of flavor I wasn’t expecting. I didn’t have potatoes, so I substituted mac and cheese (comfort food). I’m definitely going to check out some of your other recipes. Thanks!

  • Joyce

    I never thought of putting sausage and, cabbage over mashed potatoes. Yeah! I would even add the noodles, if I wanted that much comfort food, now where’s my slippers, blanket, and, a good movie girls!

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