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.
Smoked Sausage & Cabbage in a Skillet

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.

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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. 
  • Sugar-Free BBQ sauce – I have linked my homemade low-carb friendly bbq sauce in the text below.
  • 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.

smoked sausage in a skillet

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 in a skillet

Step 3: Stir the cabbage, add water, and continue to cook covered until it reaches the desired tenderness.

adding smoked sausage to cabbage in a skillet

Step 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 sausage recipe

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.

recipe smoked sausage and cabbage low carb meal

What to Serve with Sausage & Cabbage?

A simple garden salad is always an easy option. You could also pair it with Keto Cheddar Bar 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 that pas

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Easy Smoked Sausage & Cabbage {keto/low carb}

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

Ingredients

  • 14 oz All Natural Smoked Sausage, Beef I used Nitrate Free
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 head fresh cabbage, shredded
  • cup water
  • cup homemade sugar-free BBQ sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • 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!

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Nutrition

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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18 Comments

  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.
    Thanks!

    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.

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