Fried Cabbage and Kielbasa


This fried cabbage and sausage recipe works well for many occasions. This is also the type of recipe that you can add to or build on to make your own. If you aren't too crazy about cabbage taste, keep in mind that the onion, bacon drippings, and kielbasa tone down that cabbage-y taste a bit; you can also add other things or spices to tone it down.

close up view of Fried Cabbage and Kielbasa garnished with fresh herbs on a white plate
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins


  • 6 slices bacon

  • 1 head cabbage, chopped

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 (16 oz) ring kielbasa sausage, sliced thin


  1. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels and crumble. Reserve drippings in the skillet.

  2. Cook and stir cabbage and onion in bacon drippings over medium-high heat until cabbage begins to wilt, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir bacon, salt, and pepper into cabbage mixture; cook until cabbage is wilted, 3 to 5 minutes more.

  3. Stir kielbasa into cabbage mixture and reduce heat to low. Cover the skillet and simmer until cabbage is lightly golden and tender, about 1 hour.

Cook's Note:

The longer you simmer, the browner the cabbage will turn, but it will also give it a mushy texture by cooking it too long. This recipe also works excellent with sauerkraut instead of regular cabbage.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

411 Calories
30g Fat
19g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 411
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 1119mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 89mg 443%
Calcium 118mg 9%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 780mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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