8 net carbs

Cabbage and Sausage

This mouth-watering low-carb English breakfast recipe is packed with protein, healthy fats, and nutrient-rich vegetables, making it the perfect nutritious and delicious way to start your day.

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Cabbage and Sausage

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Low-Carb Cabbage and Sausage [Keto]

Total Diabetes Wellness
Looking for a delicious and comforting dish that will satisfy your cravings for hearty and savory flavors? This low-carb cabbage and sausage recipe is a perfect blend of savory sausage and tender cabbage that will leave you feeling satisfied and content. With its rich and comforting flavors, this dish is a great option for a cozy night in or a casual dinner party. So why not give it a go and experience the deliciousness for yourself?
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Lunch and Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Net Carbs 8 g
*Net carbs are per serving


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (or oil sprayer)
  • 1 pound uncooked sausage links
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups cabbage, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder


  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. One skillet is hot, add olive oil.
    Top view of spraying olive oil into a warm skillet.
  • Add sausage links and cook until brown, turning often so all sides are cooked evenly. Removed sausages from the skillet and slice into 1/2" wide pieces.
    Top view of sausage links cooking in a large skillet.
  • Return sliced sausages to the skillet and cook for another 1-2 minutes until browned. Remove sausages from the skillet and set aside.
    Top view of sliced sausages sauteing in a skillet.
  • Melt the butter in the skillet and add garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until lightly browned and fragrant, about 30 seconds.
    Top view of a skillet cooking minced garlic in melted butter.
  • Add the cabbage, salt, pepper, paprika, and onion powder. Toss well to combine. Cook until cabbage is to your desired tenderness, 5-10 minutes, stirring often.
    Top view of chopped cabbage fried in butter in a large skillet.
  • Return the sausages to the skillet and stir to combine. Enjoy!
    Top view of low-carb cabbage and sausage cooking in a large skillet.




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Sausage links

We prefer using raw sausage links for this recipe. Be mindful of the ingredients in your sausages. Make sure to check for added sugar, as this may change the nutrition breakdown of the recipe. You may also want to avoid other fillers and artificial ingredients. You can use smoked sausages, Kielbasa, or other pre-cooked sausages if preferred. If using precooked sausages, you can skip step #2 of the recipe.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this low-carb cabbage and sausage recipe Keto?

Yes. This recipe has 8 net carbs, so it is considered Keto. Because the ingredients in sausage links vary widely, we recommend checking your sausage links for added sugar and carbohydrates.

Is this low-carb cabbage and sausage recipe gluten-free?

Yes, this cabbage and sausage skillet recipe is gluten-free.

Storage and Reheating Guidelines

  • Make-ahead: This recipe cooks up quickly, so you may not need to make it ahead of time. If you do, cook as directed, and once cooled, store covered in the refrigerator until ready to eat, or up to 1-2 days.
  • Storing leftovers: Store leftover cabbage and sausage in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Leftovers should be consumed within 3-4 days.
  • Freezing instructions: Once cooled completely, this cabbage and sausage skillet can be frozen. Store in an air-tight, freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight, and reheat in a skillet on the stovetop to cook out any excess moisture from the frozen cabbage.
  • To reheat: Reheat in a skillet on the stovetop for the best flavor. You can also reheat in a microwave if desired.

Additional Details

In the world of low-carb recipes for individuals with diabetes, Sautéed Cabbage and Sausage is a delightful option that combines healthy ingredients and enticing flavors. This easy-to-make dish offers a perfect balance of tender cabbage and savory sausage, creating a comforting and satisfying meal. Bursting with vitamins, minerals, and fiber, this recipe provides numerous health benefits for people with diabetes, making it an excellent addition to a diabetes-friendly diet.

Cabbage and sausage have long been cherished ingredients in many culinary traditions. The combination of these two ingredients creates a harmonious marriage of textures and flavors. Cabbage, a cruciferous vegetable, is packed with essential nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin K, and fiber. It is also low in carbohydrates, making it a fantastic option for those who need to watch their carb intake. Sausage, on the other hand, adds a rich, meaty taste to the dish and provides a good source of protein. When combined, cabbage and sausage create a satisfying and well-rounded meal.

Tips for Preparation

To ensure a successful outcome and a flavorful dish, consider the following tips:

Selecting Ingredients:

  • Choose a fresh and firm head of cabbage with vibrant leaves.
  • Opt for high-quality sausages, such as a lean turkey or chicken sausage for a healthier twist.
  • Customize the level of spiciness by selecting mild or hot sausage based on your preference.

Preparing the Cabbage:

  • Remove any wilted or damaged outer leaves before slicing the cabbage.
  • Rinse the cabbage thoroughly under cold water to remove any dirt or impurities.
  • Slice the cabbage into thin, even strips to ensure even cooking.

Cooking Technique:

  • Start by browning the sausage in a skillet over medium heat to enhance its flavor.
  • Add the sliced cabbage to the skillet and cook until it reaches the desired level of tenderness. Be careful not to overcook the cabbage to preserve its texture and nutrients.
  • Consider adding aromatics such as onions, garlic, or spices to enhance the overall flavor profile.

Variations and Serving Suggestions

Here are a few exciting variations and serving suggestions to experiment with:

Flavorful Additions:

  • Incorporate additional vegetables like bell peppers, carrots, or zucchini for added color and nutrition.
  • For a touch of sweetness, toss in thinly sliced apples or pears during the cooking process.
  • Experiment with various spices and herbs, such as cumin, paprika, thyme, or rosemary, to infuse different flavors.

Low-Carb Accompaniments:

  • Serve the sautéed cabbage and sausage over cauliflower rice for a satisfying low-carb option.
  • Enjoy it alongside a refreshing green salad or steamed vegetables to complete the meal.
  • For a heartier option, pair it with mashed cauliflower or roasted sweet potatoes.

Benefits for People with Diabetes

Sautéed Cabbage and Sausage has several benefits for individuals managing diabetes:

  • Low in Carbohydrates: This recipe is naturally low in carbohydrates, making it a suitable choice for those monitoring their blood sugar levels.
  • High in Fiber: Cabbage is an excellent source of dietary fiber, aiding in digestion, regulating blood sugar levels, and promoting satiety.
  • Balanced Macronutrients: The combination of cabbage and sausage provides a balanced mix of protein, healthy fats, and fiber, promoting steady blood sugar control.
  • Nutrient-Dense: This dish is loaded with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that support overall health and well-being.

Sautéed Cabbage and Sausage is a delicious low-carb dish that offers a world of flavor while keeping diabetes management in mind. By combining the health benefits of cabbage with the savory goodness of sausage, this recipe provides a nutrient-dense and satisfying meal option. Experiment with variations, incorporate additional vegetables, and explore low-carb accompaniments to personalize the dish according to your preferences. With its low carbohydrate content and various health benefits, this recipe is a fantastic addition to a diabetes-friendly diet. Enjoy the delightful flavors and nourishing qualities of this dish while keeping your blood sugar levels in check.

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  1. 5 stars
    My husband and I enjoyed this recipe. Easy to make and delicious!

    1. Thanks so much, Nicole! We’re so glad you loved this recipe.