Kielbasa and Cabbage

A true comfort food meal, Kielbasa and Cabbage is a family favorite on cold winter days! 

Are there veggies that you did not like as a child but they have since become your favorite? For me that is cabbage. Over the years I have really come to love cabbage. As I kid I used to turn my nose up at it, but as I have grown older I have really grown quite fond of it. I love it on tacos and in salsas. I love colcannon and oh my gosh, kimchi.

Pretty much anyway you serve me cabbage these days, I’ll eat it. One of my favorite ways though, is this classic Kielbasa and Cabbage recipe.

A true comfort food meal, Kielbasa and Cabbage is a family favorite on cold winter days!

When Ryan and I first moved in together, I didn’t cook that much. I did have a weekly rotation that usually involved spaghetti, stir fry, chicken curry and this Kielbasa and Cabbage. It was in my weekly rotation and for good reason. Kielbasa and cabbage are perfect partners. There is so much goodness happening here, it’s hard to resist. Sautéed cabbage with garlic, cider vinegar, crushed red pepper and caraway seeds and smoky kielbasa sausage.

A true comfort food meal, Kielbasa and Cabbage is a family favorite on cold winter days!

If you really want to make this a comfort food meal for the ages then you have GOT to serve this over creamy mashed potatoes or  roasted garlic mashed red potatoes. Seriously, each bite is full of creamy potatoes, tangy sautéed cabbage and smoky kielbasa. Winter comfort food eating doesn’t get any more…well…comforting.

A true comfort food meal, Kielbasa and Cabbage is a family favorite on cold winter days!

Kielbasa and Cabbage Recipe

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



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.


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!

  • Yay! Another cabbage lover! Thanks Mary :)

  • 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!’

  • 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? :)

  • 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.

  • 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!