Kielbasa and Cabbage Dinner

This Kielbasa and Cabbage Dinner is so easy to make, with simple and comforting flavors! We added some tender, steamed potatoes to kick up the comfort level!

Our new favorite vegetable seems to be cabbage these days! For more delicious cabbage recipes, check out our Cabbage Roll Casserole or this simple Fried Cabbage with Bacon recipe!

Kielbasa dinner with cabbage, potatoes and onions

A One Skillet Dinner For Easy Clean Up!

This Kielbasa and Cabbage Dinner not only tastes amazing, but it’s so easy to make AND to clean up! Only one pan gets the job done here so there’s no need to be in your kitchen all night.

We used turkey kielbasa for this dinner recipe but you can use regular kielbasa instead if you like. Swap out or add purple cabbage, too to make this dish more colorful! Any way you make it, this cabbage recipe is sure to be a hit.

Ingredients For Kielbasa and Cabbage Skillet Recipe

  • Kielbasa: Like we mentioned above, we used turkey kielbasa but regular kielbasa works too. You can even use a different type of sausage like Italian sausage or bratwurst or chorizo.
  • Cabbage: Just a small head of cabbage is all you need, but buy a whole head of cabbage instead of the pre-shredded version in the bag. Store bought, shredded cabbage is sliced thin and will wilt too much for this cabbage recipe.
  • Small Red or Yellow Potatoes: We like to grab the kind that steams right in the bag to make this recipe easy!
  • Onion: A large yellow onion, or two smaller onions cut into a large dice. Red onion will also be delicious, or a combination of the two.
  • Garlic: A tablespoon or two (however you do your garlic) because we put garlic in just about everything.
  • Chicken Stock: Just a little chicken stock will help to wilt the cabbage and soften it. Vegetable stock will work as well.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: To give this dish a little tanginess, add a splash of apple cider vinegar!

Collage of process pictures to make a kielbasa and cabbage dinner

How To Make This Kielbasa and Cabbage Dinner

  1. Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Slice the kielbasa into approximately 1 inch slices and then add to the skillet. Brown the kielbasa on both sides and then remove to a plate. Cover the plate with foil to keep the kielbasa warm.
  2. Microwave the potatoes according to the package directions. Remove the potatoes from the bag, place them into a bowl and cover with foil to keep warm.
  3. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the same skillet along with the cabbage and onion. Season with the salt and black pepper to taste and cook for 7-8 minutes, tossing often, until the cabbage is tender but still slightly crunchy. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, then pour in the apple cider vinegar and chicken broth and stir to wilt the cabbage.
  4. Cut the potatoes into fourths (larger ones might need to be cut up more), and then add to the skillet along with the kielbasa and any juices from the bowl.
  5. Toss together once more and season with salt and pepper if needed.

Cabbage, kielbasa and potatoes in a skillet

Tips For Making The Best Kielbasa and Cabbage

  1. Get a good sear on the sliced kielbasa as you see in these pictures here. Searing the sausage adds tons of flavor and color to the dish!
  2. Don’t overcook the cabbage! Cook the cabbage just until it starts to wilt and soften, but still has a slight crunch to it. Nobody wants mushy cabbage, I don’t think, but it also helps with keeping the cabbage in tact when you go to reheat the leftovers.
  3. When you steam the potatoes in the microwave, undercook them by a minute or two according to the package directions. For instance, if the directions say 8 minutes, I’d cook them for about 6 1/2 minutes. You want the potatoes tender but not falling apart in the skillet.
  4. Adding simple flavors in this recipe makes it a meal that everyone will love!

Kielbasa and Cabbage dinner with potatoes on a fork

Can You Make This Dinner Recipe Ahead Of Time?

Definitely! Especially if you follow our tips for cooking the cabbage and potatoes above. This cabbage recipe is also one of those meals that actually tastes better the next day.

Reheating leftovers is as easy as warming them up in the microwave!

Cabbage, kielbasa and potatoes on a fork

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Kielbasa dinner with cabbage, potatoes and onions

Kielbasa and Cabbage Dinner

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

This Kielbasa and Cabbage Dinner is a family favorite! Simple to make, good for you and is made all in one skillet! An easy, make ahead recipe for busy nights but also a super cozy meal for a weekend dinner with a glass of wine!

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 pounds regular or turkey kielbasa
  • 1 small head of white cabbage, cut in quarters and sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth (or more as needed)
  • 1 1/2 pound bag small potatoes (steam in bag variety)

Instructions

  1. Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Slice the kielbasa into approximately 1 inch slices and then add to the skillet. Brown the kielbasa on both sides and then remove to a plate. Cover the plate with foil to keep the kielbasa warm.
  2. Microwave the potatoes according to the package directions. Remove the potatoes from the bag, place them into a bowl and cover with foil to keep warm.
  3. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the same skillet along with the cabbage and onion. Season with the salt and black pepper to taste and cook for 7-8 minutes, tossing often, until the cabbage is tender but still slightly crunchy. (see note*) Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, then pour in the apple cider vinegar and chicken broth and stir to wilt the cabbage.
  4. Cut the potatoes into fourths (larger ones might need to be cut up more), and then add to the skillet along with the kielbasa and any juices from the bowl.
  5. Toss together once more and season with salt and pepper if needed.

Recipe Notes

You can find the steam in bag potatoes in the produce department, not the frozen variety. If you have loose potatoes you can boil them or steam them as you normally would.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

 

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