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Kielbasa and Red Cabbage Skillet with Apples - A simple, rustic and delicious meal. Soft cooked cabbage, zesty kielbasa and crispy apple slices come together quickly in this family-friendly meal!

The title of this today’s recipe – Kielbasa and Red Cabbage Skillet with Apples – pretty much says it all. This is a simple, one-pan meal that is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner, and it’s a welcome change of pace from the same old thing you might be cooking for your family’s dinner!

Kielbasa and Red Cabbage Skillet with Apples - A simple, rustic and delicious meal. Soft cooked cabbage, zesty kielbasa and crispy apple slices come together quickly in this family-friendly meal!

You’ll start by sautéing some onion in a large skillet (you want to use one with a lid) – then add in chopped red cabbage, apple juice, and diced apple along with some vinegar, sugar and seasonings. All of this quickly cooks until tender. Then you’ll add in sliced kielbasa and cook that until heated through.

Kielbasa and Red Cabbage Skillet with Apples - A simple, rustic and delicious meal. Soft cooked cabbage, zesty kielbasa and crispy apple slices come together quickly in this family-friendly meal!

Just before serving, add some more sliced apples – and you’re done! This kielbasa and red cabbage skillet with apples is a simple, rustic dish with crunch and texture from the sliced apples surrounded by soft-cooked cabbage and zesty kielbasa. It’s as pretty to look at as it is delicious!


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Kielbasa and Red Cabbage Skillet with Apples - A Family Feast

Kielbasa and Red Cabbage Skillet with Apples

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings


  • 2 baking apples (we used Cortland), divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 2 pound head of red cabbage, cored and chopped into bite sized pieces
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound Kielbasa, cut into slices


  1. Peel, core and dice one of the apples.
  2. In a large skillet with tight fitting lid, melt butter over medium high and add onion. Cook for two minutes and add cabbage, apple juice, sugar, vinegar, salt, pepper and diced apple. Cover and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes.
  3. After 15 minutes add kielbasa, cover and cook for ten more minutes.
  4. While kielbasa is heating, core but don’t peel last apple. Cut into 16 wedges and add to dish at the end. Stir once and serve. The texture will be a mix of crunchy apples with soft cooked cabbage and kielbasa.

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  • Sam wrote:

    I used pork tenderloin instead of kielbasa because 1) I have no idea what that is and 2) pork tenderloin sounded like a good alternative. Otherwise, I followed the recipe as instructed and it turned out amazing! Quick & easy, too 🙂 This is definitely going into my arsenal.

    • Martha wrote:

      Glad you enjoyed the recipe Sam! (Kielbasa is a Polish sausage!) 🙂

  • Danica wrote:

    I made your Kielbasa and Red Cabbage Skillet with Apples recipe about a year and a half ago and it was so good, and then…I forgot about it until…today! When I found the printout in a stack of recipes I’ve clipped and printed for the last couple of years. I went to your site to find the original and your pictures, objectives and personal stories drew me in. I see hundreds of food sites and rarely subscribe to any, but I just signed up for yours!

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Danica! Thank you so much for your very kind note! We’re glad you found us (again) 🙂 and I hope you continue to enjoy the recipes! Have a wonderful weekend! Martha

  • Laura wrote:

    This is an excellent recipe! Easy to make, pretty to look at, and wonderful to eat. Thanks for a great supper!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Laura! So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Tracie wrote:

    add chilli flakes and cook in crock pot and the flavour is intense. Any sort of sausage.

    • Martha wrote:

      Great ideas Tracie! Thanks for sharing!

  • Susan wrote:

    I love the color of this dish plus the combination of all three sounds just delicious!

  • Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic wrote:

    I always keep kielbasa on hand for a quick and easy dinner option. Red cabbage and apples sound like a nice compliment to the sausage.

  • Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah’s Cucina Bella) wrote:

    That looks so good! Love the combination of flavors.

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes wrote:

    I adore one pan meals and this one is pretty to boot!! I have to pin this so I remember to try it!

  • Renee – Kudos Kitchen wrote:

    Cabbage is one of my favorite things to cook with during the fall and winter seasons. It’s just so versatile. Thanks for giving me another new recipe to try. This looks so good!

  • The Food Hunter wrote:

    Sounds yummy I love the apples in it

  • christine wrote:

    Kielbasa is the perfect “go to” for a quick meal. We love it. And it goes w/ cabbage beautifully. This sounds great and the red cabbage really pops with color.

  • Angie wrote:

    I absolutely love this idea! It makes the perfect low carb tasty dinner!

  • claire @the realistic nutritionist wrote:

    It’s actually crazy how much I love cabbage. Yum!!!

  • Marjory @ Dinner-Mom wrote:

    I love to shake thing up during the week. This recipe would definitely do the trick. Love the apples!

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