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Cabbage and Sausage Recipe

This Cabbage and Smoked Sausage is a classic Southern and soul food recipe. Serve this side dish for Sunday dinner, weeknight meals, holidays, or any occasion.

cooked cabbage and sausage in a black bowl

Simple classic side dishes truly are the best! Growing up we often would keep a pot of cabbage on the stove to serve with our meals. It’s such an easy dish to whip up.

How To Cut Cabbage

Slice the cabbage in half to create 2 portions. Slice the core/stem out of both. Then slice each piece in half. You should have 4 smaller chunks of cabbage. From there, slice each into smaller strips.

fresh head of cabbage
head of cabbage sliced in half on a cutting board
head of cabbage sliced in half on a cutting board
fresh sliced cabbage on a cutting board

What Type of Sausage to Use

You will need sausage links for the recipe. Any sausage will work, I prefer smoked Cajun andouille sausage. Italian sausage will also work great. You can use ground sausage if you wish or even ground beef.

butter, broth, sausage rounds, and spices in separate glass bowls

How to Season It

The smoked sausage adds lots of flavor. You can also add in spices like smoked paprika, oregano, or thyme.

How to Make Cabbage and Sausage

  1. Slice the cabbage in half to create 2 portions. Slice the core/stem out of both. Then slice each piece in half. You should have 4 smaller chunks of cabbage. From there, slice each into smaller strips.
  2. Place a large pot on medium-high heat.
  3. Add butter and sausage rounds. Cook for 3-4 minutes until both sides are cooked through.
  4. Add in the garlic and stir.
  5. Add sliced cabbage and broth.
  6. Cover the pot and cook.
collage of 4 photos with melted butter, cabbage, and sausage in a pot

Cook Time/How Long to Cook

The cook time will vary based on the desired texture for your cabbage. Tender cabbage that isn’t mushy takes 25-30 minutes.

Firm cabbage takes about 15 minutes. Check in on it often (if it’s your first time making the recipe) and adjust accordingly.

cooked cabbage and sausage in a pot with a wooden spoon

How to Make it Without the Sausage

You can omit the sausage or substitute it for bacon, turkey bacon, or omit it if you wish.

How to Store Leftovers

Leftovers will last tightly covered and sealed for 3-4 days.

Freezer Tips

You can freeze the cabbage for up to 8-9 months. Thaw the frozen cabbage overnight in the fridge.

cooked cabbage and sausage in a pot with a wooden spoon

What to Serve with Cabbage

Southern Beef Neck Bones
Southern Fried Cauliflower
Cajun Red Beans and Rice
Dirty Rice

More Side Dish Recipes

Southern Jiffy Cornbread Dressing
Slow Cooker Greenbean Casserole
Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey
Sweet Potato Cornbread

cooked cabbage and sausage in a black bowl
cooked cabbage and sausage in a black bowl
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Cabbage and Smoked Sausage

This Cabbage and Smoked Sausage is a classic Southern and soul food recipe. Serve this side dish for Sunday dinner, weeknight meals, holidays, or any occasion.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 179kcal
Author Brandi Crawford

Ingredients

  • 2-3 pounds head fresh cabbage You may need 2 heads depending on the size.
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6-7 ounces smoked sausage Sliced into rounds 1/2-1 inch thick.
  • 2 garlic cloves Minced.
  • 1 1/2 cups broth Any broth
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Slice the cabbage in half to create 2 portions. Slice the core/stem out of both. Then slice each piece in half. You should have 4 smaller chunks of cabbage. From there, slice each into smaller strips.
  • Place a large pot on medium-high heat.
  • Add the butter and sausage rounds. Cook for 3-4 minutes until both sides are cooked through.
  • Add in the garlic and stir.
  • Add the sliced cabbage and broth. The cabbage will wilt down when it cooks.
  • Cover the pot and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 15-30 minutes.
    The cook time will vary based on the desired texture for your cabbage. Tender cabbage that isn't mushy takes 25-30 minutes.
    Firm cabbage takes about 15 minutes. Check in on it often (if it’s your first time making the recipe) and adjust accordingly.
  • Open the pot. Season with salt and pepper. Taste repeatedly and adjust as necessary.

Notes

Water can be substituted for broth if you wish. Broth adds additional flavor.
Chicken sausage, bacon, smoked turkey, etc can be substituted in this recipe. Use whatever you prefer.
You can double or triple the recipe by doubling, tripling the ingredients. You may need to adjust the cook time. Check in frequently and use your judgment.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g
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