This recipe for Fried Cabbage with Sausage is quick and easy. This is true comfort food and always a hit when I put it on the table. Serve it with my Southern Cornmeal Hoecakes and you have the perfect meal.

Ingredients for Fried Cabbage with Sausage

Butter or margarine


Green pepper


Polish sausage (can use smoked sausage), I use Hillshire Farm.

Can of diced tomatoes



Hot sauce, optional

Tips on cabbage:  When buying cabbage select the ones with the greenest leaves on the outside. Dark green leaves mean more flavor.  Once you cut a head of cabbage it starts losing its Vitamin C content.  This is why it is better to shred cabbage yourself for your recipes instead of buying it already shredded. Uncut cabbage will keep up to 2 weeks in a perforated plastic bag, once cut, wrap in plastic wrap but use within a few days for best flavor and nutrients.

Notes: you can easily use turkey smoked sausage or andouille sausage in this recipe.

Recipe Feedback: “I have made other cabbage recipes and I have to say that they tasted nothing like this one. I absolutely loved this recipe and my family did as well. Thanks for sharing!”-Latoya

“Ms. Southern Ladies; I have to say this was delicious! Made no changes and the husband had three bowls, father had two and Mom and I had one. A favorite added to the list. Thank you.”-Cindy


Fried Cabbage with Sausage

The Southern Lady Cooks
This is a simple recipe but super delicious. It's great comfort food.
5 from 69 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 stick butter or margarine
  • 1 small head of cabbage chopped
  • 1 small green pepper chopped or cut into strips
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 pound polish sausage sliced into round pieces (can use smoked sausage)I use Hillshire Farm.
  • 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • few drops of hot sauce optional


  • Melt butter in large skillet. Add cabbage, onion, and green pepper and cook on medium high for about 5 minutes stirring to keep from sticking to pan. Add remaining ingredients, cover and simmer for 20 – 25 minutes.
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Recipe Rating


  1. Made it this evening using smoked turkey sausage and fresh cherry tomatoes instead of canned. Super delish. Easy to make. Served with fresh sweet cornbread. Yum! Thank you!5 stars

  2. I just made this with green onions and garnished with bacon. WOW!!! It was great. Thanks5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      What great additions! So glad you enjoyed this recipe. Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  3. Quick, easy, delicious recipe. I didn’t have cabbage for this batch so I quartered brussel sprouts. It was just as wonderful. We truly enjoy the tomato addition. Home made corn bread makes this such a comfort meal.5 stars

  4. Carolyn bargo says:

    Made this just now and it is delicious. Used stewed tomatoes and its wonderful!5 stars

  5. One of our favorites. The only tweak is to use Andouille sausage. Thank you so much for this recipe – it immediately went into the ‘rotation’ at our house!5 stars

  6. Made this hid dinner tonite and it was soooo goood!!!! I added a little bit of medium salsa to mine and fried cabbage in bacon grease. It wS perfect !!!5 stars

  7. Just want to say,this recipe is DELISH!5 stars

  8. I have made other cabbage recipes and I have to say that they tasted nothing like this one. I absolutely loved this recipe and my family did as well.Thanks for sharing!5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you so much Latoya.

  9. Mary calhoun says:

    Can sliced potatoes be added if so when should I add them?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I would add right before you cover and simmer but may take longer for this to cook since potatoes will take longer.

  10. Paula D. Coxwell says:

    I doubled this for a church dinner by using a large cabbage and a large sweet onion. There was 1 cup left. I like to slightly brown my smoked sausage before adding it. I found petite diced tomatoes with garlic and olive oil. Do not drain. Excellent dish to share.5 stars

    1. Did you double the tomatoes and the sausage?

      1. Paula D. Coxwell says:

        Mary, I kept all other ingredients per recipe. It was not dry.

  11. Ann Pollock says:

    I make this but use no butter. Just sauté the sliced sausage first and remove to another plate, add in all the other veggies , and I use sliced onion and green or red pepper, along with 1/4 cup of water, or the diced tomatoes with no water added. It is delicious!!5 stars

    1. Do you drain the tomotoes

      1. The Southern Lady says:

        No, you don’t drain the tomatoes.

  12. Joan Portillo says:

    My recipe a little different. No butter but I do fry 4 or 5 strips of bacon then remove bacon and fry the cabbage in the bacon greese. I also pre cook the sausage and add it to the cooked cabbage with the bacon at the end. Jiffy Corn bread goes well with this one.

  13. Beth, yes it is the same.

  14. Cindy Barb says:

    Ms. Southern Ladies; I have to say this was delicious! Made no changes and the husband had three bowls, father had two and Mom and I had one. A favorite added to the list. Thank you.5 stars

  15. I made this dish , but i used bratwurst instead. Should i have cooked the sausage first. I didn’t but i made sure it was done before i ate it. Next time i will use smoked sausage.

  16. C w smith says:

    This is just as good leaving out the butter and tomatoes, using 1tableoon of bacon drippings, little water, cover and steam. Brown lean polish sausage in another skillet then Steve on top.

  17. I Have made this several times and have tweaked it just a bit, as much as I LOVE butter the family complained it was to much so now I do a little butter and a little olive oil that seems to cut back on the greasiness for my family. Thanks for a great recipe!5 stars

  18. I just got done making this. LOVE IT .!!! its a must try5 stars

  19. della mullinax says:

    I am going to try this

  20. can you used red cabbage?

  21. I make this a lot and use Kielbasa Turkey Sausage. I put new potatoes, carrots and onion in it. We have corn bread, cottage chesse an fried apples. it is so good.5 stars

  22. Patricia Moran Brumfield says:

    Wow! This dish is fabulous. I made it tonight for dinner with rice and hot water corn bread baked in the oven. My husband loved it. Thank yu so much for sharing it Southern Lady5 stars

  23. Dianne Taylor says:

    This is absolutely delicious! I used a little olive oil instead of the butter and added some grated carrots. Wow! I pinned it on Pinterest and it is. truly a keeper! Thanks5 stars

  24. Karen Recla-Jones says:

    I just made this and it is wonderful….I added a little brown sugar and it is devine!! Thanks Judy5 stars

  25. Oh my gosh, I just found this site because a friend of mine sent me the link to the Zucchini Hoecakes recipe, which I went and bought the stuff for today. Now I have to make this cabbage recipe for Sunday dinner this week! I’m having a great time skimming through all of your recipes. Thanks for not only the recipes, but giving us print-friendly versions as well.5 stars

    1. Love cabage pototes sauage

  26. This was a hit at our house will make it often5 stars

  27. I’ve made this 2 times in the past month. I love it ! I cut up cherry tomatoes, and add a little baccon grease to the pan when melting the butter. Next time I will also add baccon pieces along ith the sausage. So yummy !!5 stars

  28. Do you drain the diced tomatoes or add them juice and all?

  29. Thinking of Patty working 12 hour shifts, we do this in the slow cooker and it is amazing for sure, then it is ready when we are…. Maybe even a double batch…

    1. Vivian Wood says:

      I have made this and we loved it so much that I am making it for our large family Thanksgiving dinner! I always try to come up with something new that I know my family will eat! I’m sure this will be a big hit!5 stars

  30. I made the cheese onion and bacon bread to go with the sausage and cabbage dish. Bet they will be great together. Cant wait for supper time. Thank you Southern Lady. Your recipes are wonderful and oh so comforting.5 stars

  31. This is a great recipe,how long will it keep if you leftovers?

  32. I work 12 hour continuous shifts at my job. I try to cook a few meals at a time on my days off so it’s easier for my handicapped mother, especially on the weekends. I just made this today for part of our weekend meal menu. It was AWESOME!!! I look forward to trying more of your recipes.5 stars

    1. Thank you so much Patty. So happy my recipe worked for you. Hope you can find more you like as well. Have a great weekend and thanks for your great comment.

  33. I fix this at least once a month, but i also add fried choped bacon and sliced carrots & sliced hot hungarian peppers with boiled egg noodles to it as well…delish! Old fashioned Polish dish:)

    1. OOO Thanks for your advice! I bet this would be good with some egg noodles! I’m adding that to mine! 🙂

  34. I can’t wait to try this…it looks sooo good! I just love cabbage so this is right up my alley! 🙂

  35. Marla Littlefield says:

    This recipe is delicious! So easy, and my husband loves it too!5 stars

  36. I’ve made this twice and skipped the green peppers and added boiled potatoes. Served it with chunky applesauce and cornbread. We all loved it! Thanks! Pat (married to a Corbin boy)5 stars

  37. Made this tonight it was delish! I used a can of Rotel in place of tomatoes because it was what I had on hand.5 stars

  38. Do you know the nutritional values? Thanks!

    1. Hi Tiffany, I think you might be able to find some sites on the internet where you put in the ingredients and it will give you the nutritional value of the recipe. You might try that. Hope this helps.

  39. I can’t wait to make this for dinner tonight! Only I’m using a hot sausage instead of hot sauce. I usually make fried cabbage with bacon, and have never tried the bell pepper in it. But this recipe sounds so yummy! Thanx!! 🙂

  40. Charlotte Markley says:

    I just tried this and it is wonderful…however being the bacon lover that I am I cooked off about a half pound of bacon and added it right at the end so it wouldn’t be soggy. yummy!!!!5 stars

  41. being polish i have made this for years in various ways. BTW–if you can get it(i live in the Houston area), try Kountry Boy Sausage or Chappell hill both made in Brenham. you’ll never go back

    1. chappell hill sausage is the best!

  42. Cora Berby says:

    I think I may have cooked mine too long! Didn’t look as appetizing but flavors were GREAT! I added bacon an some bacon grease to mine.

  43. loved the fried cabbage and ”sausage””

  44. I use bacon grease, apples and mix in collard greens. Even kids love it.

  45. D. B. Harrington says:

    Making this for supper tonight sounds wonderful!

  46. Patty Kasiewicz says:

    We made this today and it was realy good.5 stars

  47. I love all this. I am in hog heaven.

  48. Sissy Manley says:

    as much as I adore the taste of butter, when I made this I used olive oil instead, solely because I am really trying to watch what I put in my body but the dish still came out fantastic! One of my husbands friends came over unexpectedly and just couldn’t stop talking about how good it was, in fact he made me promise to teach him how to make it! LOL5 stars

  49. melissa turnmire says:

    tryed it tonight but added zuccini since i dont like green peppers and added stick carrots…..had it with sweet cheeder cornbread and boiled red potatoes …. talk about good5 stars

  50. I made this last night with a skillet of cornbread. I added a couple of grated carrots to increase the vitamin content! The consensus was DELICIOUS!! Really am. Enjoying going thru your recipes and trying new ideas! Thanks for your page! :-))5 stars

    1. no do not drain the liquid is needed

  51. Patty Kasiewicz says:

    We made this and it is a super yummy dinner.
    We just love all your recipes. Thanks for sharing them with us all.5 stars

  52. Sounds
    …..great. Wouldn’t that be delicious on hot dogs or brats at a picnic. I can taste it now. Oops, my fingers are working faster than my head! You’d have to eliminate the sausage and put it in the hot dog roll, or put the whole mixture in the bun.. I’d better stop now, think I need another cup of coffee :).

  53. This recipe was absolutely delicious!!! My 5 year old niece does not really care for cabbage, but she had two helpings of this. I will definitely fix it again!!!5 stars

  54. Marcia Oakley says:

    I fixed this tonight for dinner and we loved it!5 stars

  55. Margaret Cloud says:

    Yum, yum, this is such a tasty dish. Have made it before and now I am making it your way, thanks.

  56. I made this for supper last night with a pan of cornbread and it was wonderful. Another go to recipe. Thanks for the quick and easy recipe.5 stars

      1. is polish sausage the same as what I know as Kielbalsa?