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30-Minute Cabbage and Sausage Skillet

30-Minute Cabbage and Sausage Skillet requiring a handful of basic ingredients makes for a healthy low-carb dinner! Whip it up any time you’re looking for something quick, tasty and filling! One of those amazing quick meals for any busy weeknight dinner.

cabbage and fresh vegetables with sausage in a skillet.

Sausage lovers, cabbage lovers, lovers of skillet meals or low-carb dinner recipes, this one is made for you!

This simple recipe takes a whopping 20 to 30 minutes to make from start to finish.

I like to look at my approach to preparing this recipe as a chop-as-you-go situation, wherein you can chop ingredients while other ingredients are cooking such that everything gets made quickly in an orderly fashion efficiently.

For instance, the cabbage gets chopped as the onion is sautéing, and the rest of the veggies and sausage get chopped as the cabbage cooks. So simple!

The way I see it, this is one of those easy recipes with lots of flavor that is a great way of using up any vegetables you have on hand while nailing a nutrient-dense meal.

bowl of sausage and cabbage

Cabbage and Sausage Skillet Ingredients:

Avocado Oil: Used to sauté everything, avocado oil is an excellent cooking oil any time you’re cooking at high temperatures because it has a high smoke point unlike olive oil and a neutral flavor. 

Onion & Garlic: The two all-star ingredients that put on an amazing show each and every time. Onion and garlic bring a great deal of flavor to this dish!

Green Cabbage: Making up the majority of the volume of this meal, green cabbage is a great option for folks looking to feel satisfied without overdoing it on carbs or calories. Plus, cabbage is a nice blank canvas to take on flavors since it has such a light flavor on its own. 

Red Bell Pepper & Carrots: Adding rustic flavor to the meal, red bell peppers and carrots level up the sweetness of the dish, which pairs especially nicely with Italian sausage.

Pre-Cooked Sausage: Simply pick up a package of pre-cooked sausage from the grocery store and slice the links into 2-inch slices. Sliced sausages get tossed into the veggies for reheating to make this a protein infused dish. I use mild Italian sausage that is a nitrate-free and sugar-free chicken sausage. Smoked sausage, spicy sausage, beef sausage, or turkey sausage work well here! Any kind of sausage you love that is pre-cooked can be used.

Sea Salt: Flavor enhancer! Sea salt brings the whole meal together in a cohesive flavor unit, making everything taste bigger and bolder.

Optional Additions: Toss in any of your favorite fresh veggies. Cauliflower, fresh spinach, yellow squash, broccoli, yellow peppers, zucchini, green beans and bok choy are all great options!  Add in hot sauce, tomato sauce or marinara sauce, teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, or any seasonings or sauces you enjoy. 

Toss in some black pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, onion powder, fresh parsley, red pepper flakes, or green onions. Serve it up with grated cheddar cheese, pepper jack cheese, or parmesan cheese if you’re a cheese lover!

bowl of sausage and cabbage with a skillet of sausage and cabbage

How to Make Cabbage and Sausage Skillet:

Heat the avocado oil in a large skillet (12-inch skillet recommended) over medium-high heat. Add the onion, sprinkle with sea salt, stir well, then cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion begins turning golden-brown, about 5 to 8 minutes.

While the onion is cooking, chop the cabbage. Add the cabbage to the skillet, sprinkle with a little more sea salt, and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage has wilted and turns bright green, about 5 to 8 minutes. The exact cooking time depends on how soft you like your veggies.

While the cabbage is cooking, chop the remaining ingredients. Add them to the skillet and stir well. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sausage has heated through and all of the veggies have reached your desired level of doneness, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Taste for flavor and add more sea salt, a drizzle of liquid aminos or soy sauce, or hot sauce to your personal taste.

Serve and enjoy! If you’d like additional sides to go with the meal, instant rice, brown rice, or cauliflower rice are great, as well as a green salad.

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

stainless steel skillet with fresh cooked vegetables and sausage

So there we have it! A one of those 30-minute easy dinner recipes using one skillet with just a handful of ingredients the whole family will love. Make it in bulk to meal prep for the week, or bust it out any weeknight.

If you love cooking healthy meals in your skillet, here is some more inspiration.

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Enjoy this cabbage and sausage skillet when you’re looking for easy meals for healthy eating.

bowl of sausage and cabbage with a skillet of sausage and cabbage

Cabbage and Sausage Skillet

Yield: 3 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Quick and easy cabbage and sausage skillet is the perfect healthy meal for any night of the week. Mix it up with your favorite vegetables or sauces!

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small head green cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium-sized carrots, grated
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 (12-oz.) package pre-cooked sausage, sliced*
  • ½ tsp sea salt, to taste

Instructions

    1. Heat the avocado oil in a large skillet (12-inch skillet recommended) over medium-high heat. Add the onion, sprinkle with sea salt, stir well, then cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion begins turning golden-brown, about 5 to 8 minutes.

    2. While the onion is cooking, chop the cabbage. Add the cabbage to the skillet, sprinkle with a little more sea salt, and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage has wilted and turns bright green, about 5 to 8 minutes. The exact cooking time depends on how soft you like your veggies.

    Skillet with onion and cabbage cooking

    3. While the cabbage is cooking, chop the remaining ingredients. Add them to the skillet and stir well. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sausage has heated through and all of the veggies have reached your desired level of doneness, about 5 to 10 minutes.

    4. Taste for flavor and add more sea salt, a drizzle of liquid aminos or soy sauce, or hot sauce to your personal taste. Serve and enjoy! If you'd like additional sides to go with the meal, instant rice, brown rice, or cauliflower rice are great, as well as a green salad.

Notes

*I use mild Italian Chicken Sausage

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information
Yield 3 Serving Size 1 Serving (of 3)
Amount Per Serving Calories 422Total Fat 25gCarbohydrates 32gNet Carbohydrates 20gFiber 12gSugar 17gProtein 24g
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Donna Height

Friday 27th of May 2022

I made this for supper and it was delicious.

Julia

Saturday 28th of May 2022

I'm so happy to hear it, Donna! Thank you for reporting back! xoxo

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