Cabbage Sausage Skillet is a quick lunch or dinner meal that tastes great any time of the year.
At the same time, the sausage and cabbage skillet is an inexpensive meal and is a great idea when you don't know what to cook.
The beauty of this quick and easy cabbage sausage skillet dish is that you can adapt it to your liking with the ingredients from your pantry or your local grocery store.
Cabbage is the main vegetable in this recipe and it's often an overlooked and forgotten veggie.
Yet the humble Cabbage is packed with fibers that are good for your digestion.
In this cabbage quick FY I used regular white cabbage, however, feel free to use red cabbage instead of the white cabbage variety.
So, while we usually prepare Sauerkraut and serve the Sauerkraut with Sausages, enjoying cabbage in a quick stir fry or raw in a salad is also beneficial for your health.
I love to just barely stir-fry the cabbage in the skillet with the sausage slices.
The cabbage adds texture as it remains crunchy.
The Seasoning is quite interesting and is very Central/Eastern European influenced with Caraway seeds and Paprika dominating the aroma of this cabbage sausage skillet dish.
Do not substitute the caraway seeds with cumin, it wouldn't be the same.
Using whole caraway seeds is definitely the way to go for this dish and shouldn't be left out.
You get to choose which sausage!
I used a variation of smoked Frankfurter sausages in my pictures.
Choice of sausages for this dish
- Wiener aka Vienna Sausage - Popular street hot dog sausage in Vienna Austria but also common in the US (my favorite)
- Kielbasa - Polish sausage
- Bratwurst - German/US sausage
- Frankfurter - Originally from Frankfurt city in Germany. Common sausages all over Europe and the US with variations across the continents (another favorite)
- Krainer/Krainerwurst - Slovenian sausage, great for pan frying because they are juicy, similar to Kielbasa
- Cheese Krainer - Krainer stuffed with cheese, from Austria
- Knackwurst/Knockwurst aka Knacker - Sausage original from North Germany but common in Europe and US, with a thick skin
- Andouille - Cajun or Caribbean Creole Sausage variations
- Weißwurst - Bavarian white Sausage from Munich
- Italian Sausage - Popular common sausage in the US
- Strasbourg Sausage - similar to Frankfurt sausage, common in France, the skin casing is thicker and usually deep red
- Merguez Sausage - Spicy mutton meat sausage, common in France and the US
- Chorizo - Spanish or Portugues (and the former colonies) hot spicy sausage
- Fleischkäse/Leberkäse aka finely ground and pressed pink meatloaf sausage comes also in VA flavors such as cheese, pizza or hot n spicy
Most sausages can be found in the fresh or frozen section of most supermarkets.
A good sausage is usually made of pork, beef, veal or mutton meat.
You could use something like turkey or chicken sausages... but well the taste experience is just not the same.
BTW: Wurst is German and means Sausage translated.
Did I miss a sausage? Please share your favorite skillet sausage with us in the comments further below.
How to make it?
The cabbage sausage skillet is a quick, easy, flavorful dish.
This is a meal for all those who crave good comforting flavors with the minimum amount of work.
Here is an overview of how to make it from scratch. Full recipe + measurements further below!
Saute onion and garlic.
Take the pan from the heat and stir in spices. Mix up.
Back to the heat and stir in sausage slices.
Add sliced cabbage and mix.
Stir cook quickly, reduce heat and finish cooking for another 2-3 minutes. Serve up.
I usually use non-stick PFOA free skillet pans because, well foods don't stick and I tend to use less oil. I really don't like oily food, so for me, it's important that I use less oil and that the food doesn't stick on.
I get super frustrated when I just turn around and the food starts to stick in the pan!
When buying non-stick skillet pans you need to get quality PFOA-free non-scratch skillets.
This is important because regular non-stick pans (with the PFOA) have a layer of health-damaging chemicals that can cause cancer.
Many companies still produce those and they usually don't disclose this at all.
So keep an eye out for the more expensive but non-toxic cookware.
As an alternative, I like to use stainless steel pans too because they are sturdy and the food cooks evenly quickly as well.
More Cabbage meals for the Cabbage lover!
Quick Cabbage Sausage Skillet
- Heat up a pan and add the oil. Add your sliced onions to the pan and stir-fry for a minute. Then fry your onions until translucent and soft.
- Add in your chopped Garlic and stir fry quickly. Fry the whole content for another 1-2 minutes or until the onions get slightly yellow.
- Take down the heat or take the pan for a minute form the heat to add the spices.
- Add one by one the spices, Caraway seeds, Paprika powder, Black Pepper, and Salt as well.
- Add in your sausage slices
- Take the pan back to the heat and stir fry the contents on higher heat for a minute. Reduce the heat and fry for another 2-3 minutes.
- Now it's time to add in the chopped cabbage. Mix the cabbage into the skillet content.
- Stir-fry for 3 minutes on high heat, then reduce heat and let cook further for 1-2 minutes without mixing further.
- Garnish with cut chives and serve still hot.
- I usually like to use Franks or Wiener sausage for this cabbage skillet. For sausage suggestions, read up in the post.