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30-Minute Creamed Cabbage with Sausage

With only a handful of ingredients and 30 minutes to spare, you can please the entire family with this delicious and Comforting Caraway Creamed Cabbage with Sausage.

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You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can put this budget-friendly and delicious dinner table after a busy day. 

Why not take the 30-minute dinnertime challenge, and make it for your family tonight?!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making creamed cabbage with caraway and sausage is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe. 


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The ingredient list:

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Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

Why this recipe works:

If you’re not a fan of sauerkraut, then fear not, this recipe tastes nothing like that.

The flavor does, however, have a German kick to it thanks to the caraway seed and mustard.

I wrote this recipe using deli-style mustard, but if you have a different, favorite type of mustard, like a stone-ground, German-style, Dijon, or anything other than a plain yellow hot dog mustard, by all means, use it.

What the mustard does is infuse a little bite and acidity to the cabbage, which helps to cut through the richness of the cream and balances the flavors nicely.

Overhead photo of a platter of creamed cabbage with caraway and sausage along with serving spoons.

Switching out the sausage:

Another thing you may, or may not want to do, is switch out the sausage.

I used Polska kielbasa when writing this recipe.

However, if you prefer a smoked sausage, bratwurst, or even hot dogs…feel free to substitute.

*Note – If you do decide to use a sausage that is not already pre-cooked (like bratwurst or even Italian sausage), please pre-cook the sausage before adding it to the skillet.

How long will this creamed cabbage keep in the fridge?

Stored in an air-tight container, this dish will last 3-5 days in the refrigerator.

To reheat, do so in a covered microwave-safe container, OR heat in a skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Can this dish be frozen after cooking?


Although the texture of the cooked cabbage may be altered ever so slightly, it won’t change the taste of the dish.

As always, store in an air-tight freezer-safe container for up to 2 months.

Can purple cabbage be substituted for green cabbage, or can they be used together in this recipe?

Both colors of cabbages will work well in this recipe, and a mixture of both would be quite nice.

Will any color onion work in this recipe?

Yes. Any color onion will work.

What if I don’t like caraway seeds? Can I leave them out, or substitute with something else?

The caraway seeds really give this dish a German “flair!”

However, if you don’t like the flavor of caraway seeds, you can always leave them out entirely, or perhaps substitute either anise seeds or dill seeds.

Can half-and-half be substituted for the heavy cream?


Caraway Creamed Cabbage with Sausage

For more German-inspired comfort foods, click on the titles for:

*German Onion Soup with Beer and Pretzel Roll Croutons

*German Knockwurst Sandwich with Sauerkraut and Muenster Cheese

*German Bee Sting Cake (Bienenstich)

*Crescent Wrapped Bratwurst Bites

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s comforting budget family dinner of creamed cabbage with caraway and sausage.

Sausage with Caraway Creamed Cabbage

30-Minute Comforting Caraway Creamed Cabbage with Sausage

Renee - Kudos Kitchen
You'll be amazed at how quickly you can put this delicious and comforting caraway creamed cabbage on the dinner table after a busy day. Take the 30-minute dinnertime challenge, and make it for your family tonight.
4.41 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course budget main course
Cuisine German
Servings 5 servings
Calories 362 kcal


  • 1 head cabbage outer leaves removed, and cored and sliced into ¼" - ½" slices
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grape seed oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound pre-cooked sausage like a Polska kielbasas, or smoke sausage, cut into 1" pieces
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • tablespoons caraway seed
  • 2 tablespoons deli-style mustard
  • 3 tablespoon heavy cream


  • Heat a large, high sided skillet over medium/high heat.
  • Add the oil, butter and cut sausage to the skillet.
  • Saute the sausage for 2-3 minutes, and add the chopped onion.
  • Stir well and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Add at least half of the sliced cabbage to the skillet along with the salt and pepper. Stir.
  • Cover the skillet and cook for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Remove the cover and add the remaining cabbage, stirring to combine.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to medium/low.
  • Stir in the caraway seed, mustard and cream.
  • Cook for additional 2-3 minutes, plate, and serve warm.


If substituting something other than a pre-cooked sausage, add additional cooking time to make sure the sausage is cooked through.
Substitutions for the deli-style mustard may be used. German-style, whole grain, Dijon, etc. Yellow hot dog mustard is not a good choice as it is too strong.


Serving: 2cupsCalories: 362kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 12gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 1537mgFiber: 5gSugar: 6g
Keyword 30 minute budget meal, creamed cabbage, creamed cabbage with caraway and sausage, easy family dinner, sausage and cabbage
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