30-Minute Creamed Cabbage with Sausage

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.

Horizontal photo of a platter filled with creamed cabbage with caraway and sausage with a pink, green, and white striped napkin and serving spoons.

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?!


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The ingredient list:

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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.

5 from 2 votes
Sausage with Caraway Creamed Cabbage
30-Minute Comforting Caraway Creamed Cabbage with Sausage
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
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.
Course: budget main course, comfort food, Main Course
Cuisine: German
Keyword: 30 minute budget meal, creamed cabbage, creamed cabbage with caraway and sausage, easy family dinner, sausage and cabbage
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 362 kcal
Renee – Kudos Kitchen: Renée
  • 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
  1. Heat a large, high sided skillet over medium/high heat.
  2. Add the oil, butter and cut sausage to the skillet.
  3. Saute the sausage for 2-3 minutes, and add the chopped onion.
  4. Stir well and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add at least half of the sliced cabbage to the skillet along with the salt and pepper. Stir.
  6. Cover the skillet and cook for approximately 10 minutes.
  7. Remove the cover and add the remaining cabbage, stirring to combine.
  8. Cook, stirring occasionally, for approximately 5 minutes.
  9. Reduce the heat to medium/low.
  10. Stir in the caraway seed, mustard and cream.
  11. Cook for additional 2-3 minutes, plate, and serve warm.
Recipe Notes

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.

Nutrition Facts
30-Minute Comforting Caraway Creamed Cabbage with Sausage
Amount Per Serving (2 cups)
Calories 362 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 1537mg67%
Potassium 454mg13%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 375IU8%
Vitamin C 57mg69%
Calcium 88mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. I love sauerkraut! I feel this is a recipe my dad would be all for (you can never go wrong with sausage and sauerkraut together!)

    • Hi Kacey! Thanks for your comment, but I feel like I need to point out that this is not sauerkraut, even though it does look like it. It’s actually a creamed cabbage so it doesn’t have the vinegary bite that sauerkraut does. The German influence comes from the caraway seed.

  2. What a great idea for cabbage! Can’t wait to try this!

  3. Yes, yes, YES! This dish is totally up my flavor alley, LOVE this!

  4. YUM!! This dish is incredible!! Just what I need right now!!

  5. This looks so similar to one of our family’s favorite Russian meals. I can’t wait to try it!

  6. This looks fantastic, Renee. My husband is a sauerkraut fan but I am not so this recipe sounds like the best of both worlds. I also love that this can be made quickly. Can’t wait to try!

  7. Looks so good!! This is my kind of comfort food. 🙂

  8. This needs to be on my dinner table asap!

  9. Beverley Press

    not only does it look great I’m sure it was taste amazing xoxo

  10. I love cabbage – great photos!

  11. I love caraway! This sounds great!

  12. Wow!!! Renee this is absolutely delicious!! We only had a white onion, but worked beautifully. Just YUM!

    • Claire, I’m glad you went with the onion you had. Honestly, a recipe is just a guide. It is NEVER set in stone. I’m so happy that you made with the onion you had, and that you enjoyed it enough to come back and leave a comment for me. You GO girl!!!

  13. Nellie Tracy

    5 stars
    I really like this recipe and so does my family! Great weeknight dinner

  14. 5 stars
    This was a hit with my family, loved it! Saving to make again soon.

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