Low Carb Smoked Sausage & Cabbage Recipe

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This easy Smoked Sausage & Cabbage recipe is low carb, flavorful, and family-friendly. It’s one of those simple one-skillet meals that come together so quickly.
keto smoked sausage and cabbage in a silver skillet with a white banner with navy blue text at the top of the image

This easy Smoked Sausage & Cabbage recipe is low carb, flavorful, and family-friendly. It’s one of those simple one-skillet meals that come together so quickly. It is naturally gluten-free, sugar-free, and low-carb, and it tastes fantastic.

Note: If you are gluten-free, check the nutritional information and ingredient list on the exact ingredients you use in your kitchen. Varying brands may add gluten to their products, or if there is a high sensitivity, make sure to look for brands made in a gluten-free facility.

Is Smoked Sausage Ok on Keto?

Sausage is made from chicken, pork, beef, turkey, or a combination; therefore, it is perfect for the keto diet. If you love this recipe try some more of my favorite Keto recipes with smoked sausage.

Is cabbage a low carb good?

Absolutely! At only 2.31 net carbs per cup of shredded cabbage, it is a low-carb food recommended vegetable for the keto diet.


  • Smoked Sausage – The protein of choice in this recipe is smoked sausage. I used a nitrate-free beef sausage. You can use different kinds of smoked sausage such as chicken sausage, kielbasa, andouille sausage, polish sausage, or turkey sausage.
  • Butter – Adds fat and flavor to the recipe.
  • Diced onion & minced garlic – Onions add rich flavor, and garlic infuses depth and aroma to the dish.
  • Fresh cabbage pairs nicely with many different proteins, especially smoked sausage. 
  • Homemade Low Carb Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce – I have adapted this recipe from my daddy’s amazing bbq sauce that he used to make all the time to the perfect keto friendly sauce.
  • Water – Used as the liquid to steam the cabbage.

Instructions for Cabbage & Smoked Sausage Recipe

I have included a step-by-step tutorial below to show you how easy this recipe was to prepare.

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Step 1: Cut the smoked sausage into pieces, then sauté in a skillet.

shredded fresh cabbage in a skillet Step 2: Remove smoked sausage from the skillet and add shredded cabbage, onion, garlic, and butter. Cover and cook on low/medium heat for 10 minutes.

fried cabbage for keto dinner in a silver skillet Step 3: Stir the cabbage, add water, and continue to cook covered until it reaches the desired tenderness.

adding smoked sausage into the fried cabbage ready to be combined into the perfect keto mealStep 4: Add the smoked sausage back to the skillet of fried cabbage. Finally, add the secret ingredient to making the flavor pop, homemade sugar-free bbq sauce. 

Tip: If you don’t want to make the keto bbq sauce homemade, you can use a store-bought variety without added sugar. The homemade sauce has a greater depth of flavor.

cabbage and smoked sausage cooked together in a skillet

Yum! It’s such an easy and delicious weeknight meal. I love that clean-up is quick since it’s a one-pan meal.

Variations to this Recipe:

  • Vary the protein – You can use different kinds of smoked sausage such as chicken sausage, kielbasa, andouille sausage, polish sausage, or turkey sausage.
  • Variety of Veggies – Add other low-carb vegetables to the cabbage, such as chopped bell pepper, mushrooms, a few chopped cherry tomatoes, and/or celery.
  • Add broth for more flavor – Instead of water, add chicken broth (veggie broth would work as well) for a greater depth of flavor to the cabbage.
  • Convenience makes it easy – Use a bag of prechopped cabbage instead of fresh cabbage.

low carb smoked sausage and cabbage skillet on a white plate with a grey and white striped cloth in the background

What to Serve with Sausage & Cabbage?

A simple garden salad is always an easy option. You could also pair it with Keto Cheddar Bay Garlic Biscuits. 

How Can I Store This Recipe?

Cabbage and smoked sausage can be stored 3-5 days in the fridge. To rewarm, you may need to add a touch of broth or water to keep it from drying out. You can store it in the freezer in freezer-safe containers or storage bags for up to 3 months.

Note: If you love cabbage, make sure to try my keto fried cabbage recipe for a delicious low carb side.

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Easy Smoked Sausage & Cabbage {keto/low carb}

This easy Smoked Sausage & Cabbage is low carb, flavorful, and delicious.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time37 minutes
Total Time47 minutes
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked Sausage and Cabbage
Servings: 8
Calories: 219kcal
Author: Kasey Trenum



  • In a skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter.
  • Cut smoked sausage into slices, then saute in butter for approx 7 minutes on medium heat, occasionally stirring to prevent sticking.
  • Remove the sausage from the skillet and set it aside.
  • Add the chopped cabbage, onion,  cloves of garlic, and 1 tablespoon of butter to the skillet. Stir until butter is melted. Cover with a lid and allow to simmer on medium/low for approx 10 minutes.
  • Remove lid and stir, adding 1/3 cup of water. Cover and cook on low/medium heat for 10 minutes.
  • Remove lid then and stir the cabbage from the bottom then add the remaining 1/3 cup water and cook for an additional 5 minutes if needed. (Depending on the size of your head of cabbage, desired tenderness, and how finely it is chopped, you may need to cook more or less.) 
  • Add the sausage back to the skillet along with 1/3 cup homemade sugar-free BBQ sauce and cook on low/medium heat uncovered for 5 minutes.
  • Enjoy!



Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 480mg | Potassium: 301mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 42.3mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 4 stars
    Pretty good. I brought sugar free bbq sauce from Walmart. Added my seasoning of choice and left out the added water. My 11yr old liked it as well so it’s a go for us.. will definitely be adding this to the menu.

    1. Since this is a one-dish meal, we usually just have a really good salad. However, if you are wanting an additional side, maybe green beans or broccoli. Hope you enjoy.

  2. 5 stars
    OH. EM. GEE. I pinned this one a while back, but never got around to making it. That is, until tonight. I am SO impressed with how delicious these simple flavors are together. It’s a little labor intensive with all of the chopping but it could definitely be done ahead of time. I used the G Hughes Sugar-free BBQ sauce- it’s perfect!

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the dish. If you don’t want to chop cabbage, you can purchase it pre-chopped in a bag.

  3. 5 stars
    I made the Smoked Sausage and Cabbage for dinner and it was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! I topped it with some brown rice. YUMMY! Yes the Bar-B-Que sauce really did give this dish a Kick. I used G Hughes Bar-B-Que sauce(sugar-free) and Dickey’s smoked sausage. You can find both at Wal-Mart.

  4. 5 stars
    I made this tonight with just a few changes. I removed the sugar free BBQ sauce and added 1 can of Rotel and 4 slices of bacon crumbled into it. Man was it good!!

  5. Loved it! Ended up using some celery because I did not have the whole head of cabbage. Also added some crushed pepper for a little more heat. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. 4 stars
    Love it! I made it as per your recipe, didn’t change anything. My 6 six old granddaughter loved it so this is one that goes in the family recipe book! Very tasty meal thank you.

  7. 4 stars
    This is was, pretty good, maybe will make again. However, that last 1/3 c of water was too much and left a lake in the skillet. Thank-you for the recipe!

    1. Glad you enjoyed it! Stoves and even cookware can cook differently. Let me know how the change goes next time. Hope it turns out perfect for you!!

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