What to Serve with Fried Cabbage (One-Pan Meal!)

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If you are looking for what to serve with fried cabbage, this low budget dinner option with loads of veggies and flavor is just what you need.

Our easy southern fried cabbage with sausage meal will warm you right up!

Instead of relying on fried cabbage as a side dish, we turned it into a one-pan meal.

Sausage and Cabbage Skillet Serving Dish
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Southern fried cabbage with kielbasa is one of my favorite low-cost dinners to make and it is so easy.

This delicious dish starts with cabbage of course, what to serve with it is completely up to you!

I like making this as a one-pan meal so I mix it all together. One popular way to prepare it is with bacon grease and I can’t argue with that flavor.

But for this recipe, I’m going with kielbasa instead. My kids love it when I make sheet pan kielbasa and vegetables too, so why not?

Fried Cabbage Meal Ingredients

To make this easy dinner, you just need a large skillet and a few simple ingredients.

Sausage and Cabbage Skillet ingredients

It’s a versatile list, so if you have another veggie in your fridge that you need to use, feel free to add it or swap it in.

Shopping List:

  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Butter (or olive oil)
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Paprika
  • Smoked Sausage (kielbasa)
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Cabbage is such a hearty veggie. I love cooking with it.

I love to fry it up because you get all that yummy tender cabbage without it getting mushy.

What to Serve with Fried Cabbage

Sautéed cabbage makes a great low carb side dish. It would go great with anything from corned beef to pork chops to pot roast.

When I think of cabbage, I tend to picture corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day, but there are so many other options for this great recipe!

Sliced Cabbage

Take your cabbage from Irish holiday to traditional southern side dish with just a handful of ingredients.

Our recipe is not just a side dish, it’s a complete meal full of chopped veggies and beef smoked sausage.

Enjoy it with a side of cornbread or homemade biscuits and you’re in for a treat.

The whole thing is done in about 30 minutes so it’s another great weeknight dinner or prep meal for lunch recipes.

That is, if it lasts until the next day!

How to make Southern Fried Cabbage with Sausage

Begin by heating half the butter or oil over medium heat.

Then, add carrots, onions and garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes.

carrots and onion with butter

Add the balsamic vinegar, the rest of the butter and stir in the smoked sausage to brown.

smoked sausage in skillet

After sautéing most of the veggies and meat in butter, add the cabbage last and let it simmer.

The challenge here will be having a skillet that is big enough to hold all that goodness.

Season with a bit of paprika and red pepper flakes.

Then slowly add green cabbage a handful at a time, allowing it to wilt a little before you add more.

chopped cabbage in pan

Once your cabbage reaches your desired consistency, serve immediately and enjoy!

fried cabbage on spoon

This sausage skillet meal is full of bold flavors and is my very favorite way to use chopped cabbage.

And if you can believe it, my kids love it too!

fried cabbage sausage skillet

Sausage and Cabbage Skillet Meal Recipe

Fried Cabbage with Sausage Skillet

4.50 from 61 votes
Make this one pan skillet meal on a budget! Packed with flavor, this classic southern fried cabbage with sausage skillet meal is perfect for cool spring nights or a St. Patrick's Day dinner!
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Yield: 6


  • 1 medium onion
  • 1.5 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 3 carrots peeled and grated
  • 6 tbsp butter, divided
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pkg, 12-16oz beef smoked sausage or kielbasa, thinly sliced
  • 1 large head green cabbage, cored and sliced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes


  • In a large pan, sautée onions, garlic, and grated carrots in half the butter
  • Stir in the rest of the butter and balsamic vinegar followed by the beef smoked sausage to brown, stirring occasionally
  • Season with salt, pepper and paprika
  • Add chopped cabbage a little at a time
  • Sprinkle with red pepper flakes
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 1g, Calories: 376kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 29g, Sodium: 667mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American

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About Andrea Updyke

Andrea Updyke is a married mom of two boys living in Raleigh, NC. She is a published author and blogger of more than 18 years and loves to celebrate the little things that make life awesome.

Whether she's sharing tasty recipes, traveling or hanging with the family, Andrea's goal is to help make your days a little easier and a lot more fun! Email inquiries to andreaupdyke@gmail.com.

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