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One-Pan Kielbasa And Fried Cabbage

Sautéed onions, garlic, and fried cabbage in a brown ale mustard sauce, with delicious smoked kielbasa, all topped off with a chopped sweet apple.  A delicious one-pan meal ready in 30 minutes!

Course Dinner, Entree
Cuisine American, Irish, Italian, Polish
Keyword Kielbasa
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 466 kcal
Author Holly Sander


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1½ pounds green cabbage (about ½ of a large cabbage head), outer leaves removed and chopped into one inch squares.)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 14 ounces Polska kielbasa, smoked kielbasa or smoked turkey sausage cut into ½ inch slices
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup brown ale beer (or substitute chicken or beef stock)
  • 1 sweet apple such as Honeycrisp, Braeburn, or Gala, cored, quartered, sliced and diced.


  1. Heat oil and butter in your ICON Cast Iron Skillet over medium-high heat until melted and foamy.

  2. Add diced onions and cook until soft and transparent, about 3-4 minutes. Stir consistently to prevent sticking or burning.

  3. Add garlic, and cook about 1 more minute.

  4. Add cabbage and stir into the garlic and onions.  Season with salt, pepper, and caraway seeds.

  5. “Fry” the cabbage until it reduces in volume by half - about 3 or 4 minutes. Stir consistently as it cooks down to prevent burning and to allow it to cook evenly.

  6. Add smoked kielbasa, brown ale, and mustard to the pan. Stir and cook 4-6 more minutes.  Less time will make the cabbage more "al dente."

  7. Finally stir in the diced apple, cook for about a minute more, and serve.

Recipe Notes

The apples will have some texture and offer a crunch; if you prefer a softer apple then simply add a few more minutes to the cook time after you've added them to the dish.   


For those that like a hint of sweetness, add 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup, honey, or brown sugar.