Kielbasa and Cabbage in the Instant Pot
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Kielbasa and Cabbage in the Instant Pot

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Kielbasa and Cabbage in the Instant Pot: A quick and easy sausage and cabbage recipe that only takes 4 minutes in the pressure cooker.

Kielbasa and Cabbage in the Instant Pot

With my husband doing low carb again, I decided to whip up a favorite low carb recipe of ours the other night… with a twist… by cooking it in the Instant Pot.

I truly didn’t think that cooking kielbasa and cabbage could get any easier, but the Instant Pot made me a believer with this recipe as well.

If you love cooking with the Instant Pot, then you’ll also love our favorite Instant Pot Pot Roast recipe and the Cheeseburger Macaroni that our kids adore.

Quick Kielbasa and Cabbage Recipe

When I set out to make this recipe, I knew I wanted to keep it as simple as it could be, and hoped that the few flavors I did use, would result in a TON of flavor… and I was RIGHT!

Now, although it’s also quick to make sausage and cabbage on the stovetop, using the Instant Pot not only made it faster, but I believe it trapped in flavors that I don’t get when cooking on an open stovetop.

Plus, the fact that this can be cooked FAST (as in 4 minutes fast) I knew it was a recipe I needed to share with all of you fabulously fast dinner lovers!

How to Make Kielbasa and Cabbage

You can find the full recipe and printable recipe card at the bottom of this post, but I’d love to walk you through with steps/photos for extra tips too!


Wash and chop up a head of cabbage, discarding the core. If you aren’t sure how to core a cabbage, I found a great how-to core a cabbage video tutorial for you that will help, even if you don’t have the type of cabbage I’m using in this post.
Although, I did core mine a little different than they did. It just depends on what tickles your fancy.

Chop up your cabbage into bitesize pieces and set aside.

Sliced Head of Cabbage to use in kielbasa and cabbage recipe in the instant pot
Head of cabbage to chop

Chicken Broth

You can use regular store-bought chicken broth, homemade chicken broth or even make this instant chicken broth base that I’ve started using… because my mom did.

That woman is a queen of cooking, so I always love to take notes in her kitchen!

Chicken broth powder mixed with water for kielbasa and cabbage
Chicken Broth

Kielbasa (Smoked Sausage)

Now for this recipe, I like to switch things up for the kielbasa at times, and grab a fun new smoked sausage if it’s on sale or a new flavor!

I normally use kielbasa (hence the reason this is the recipe for kielbasa and cabbage) but when I bought the ingredients to shoot the photos this time, I couldn’t resist the andouille smoked sausage.

Andouille tends to have a spicy kick to it, so if you have young eaters or those who aren’t fans of some “kick” then you’ll want to stick to kielbasa, polish sausage or regular smoked sausage.

Andouille Sausage to use in this kielbasa cabbage instant pot recipe
I chose to use andouille sausage instead of kielbasa when taking photos this time and it was GREAT too!

Chop your kielbasa in to small, bite-size pieces and set aside!

Chopped smoked sausage - kielbasa
Chop your kielbasa (or smoked sausage)


In the Instant Pot, pot… pour your chicken broth and add a stick of sliced butter.

Chicken broth and butter in instant pot
Add chicken broth and butter to Instant Pot

Next, pour your cabbage in to the pot, making sure to leave enough room for the sausage and enough room for the lid to screw on.

If you have a really large cabbage, it could result in too much cabbage for the pot, so eyeing it is best.

Chopped cabbage in instant pot
Place chopped cabbage in Instant Pot

Layer on the kielbasa, again, making sure there’s enough room for the lid to screw on. Ideally, you don’t want to stuff the pot so full that the food is touching the lid. So filling the pot to about the level I have here below will work!

TIP: Placing the kielbasa or smoked sausage on top is KEY! During the cooking process, the juices from the meat drip down in to the cabbage for ultimate flavor!

Chopped kielbasa and cabbage in the Instant pot to cook
Place chopped kielbasa in the pressure cooker

How Long to Cook Kielbasa and Cabbage in the Instant Pot

You ready for the hard part? Place the lid on, turn the nozzle to seal, pressure cook on high, and turn the timer to 4 minutes.
(Four minutes gives the cabbage a nice texture of cooked, but not soggy! However, if you prefer a super soft cabbage, you may want to do another minute.)

Not hard at all, right?

When the timer goes off, you want to “quick-release” the pressure, but turning the nozzle to “vent”! NOTE: This can burn your hand, so take precaution and use a dish towel or my all-time favorite heat resistant gloves for this!

Do NOT remove the lid of the Instant Pot until the float valve goes down!

Once you take the lid off, soak in the smells of dinnertime!

Cooked kielbasa and cabbage in the pressure cooker
Cooked kielbasa and cabbage

Salt and Pepper (Optional)

The kielbasa will have salt in it, so you may not need as much salt as you’d normally want, so salt and pepper to taste!

We use this Himalayan salt (it’s our all-time favorite now because it’s fine grain and lasts for a really long time) and regular ground black pepper for this recipe.

Salt and Pepper for smoked sausage and cabbage recipe
Salt and Pepper
Sprinkle salt and pepper on to cabbage and kielbasa
Sprinkle in salt and pepper, to taste

Mix together the kielbasa, cabbage, and spices and it’s ready to serve/eat!

Kielbasa and Cabbage in the Instant Pot
Kielbasa and Cabbage, ready to eat!

What do you Serve with Kielbasa and Cabbage?

You can keep it really easy and serve this alone (since you’re getting your protein, fats, and veggies) but if you’re like me, I like to have something else to go along with every main dish recipe… which is why I paired all of that for you in my cookbook!

Side Dishes for Kielbasa and Cabbage

Kielbasa and Cabbage in the Instant Pot
Kielbasa and Cabbage in the Instant Pot

How to Store Leftover Kielbasa and Cabbage

This kielbasa and cabbage recipe does do pretty well, leftover. Know that the cabbage may get a little softer after reheating, but that’s why I also like having a crisper cabbage… to allow for leftovers!

Kielbasa and Cabbage Recipe
Cooked in 4 minutes and ready to eat!
Kielbasa and Cabbage in the Instant Pot

Kielbasa and Cabbage in the Instant Pot

Jessica Burgess
Kielbasa and Cabbage in the Instant Pot: A quick and easy sausage and cabbage recipe that only takes 4 minutes in the pressure cooker.Kielbasa and Cabbage in the Instant Pot: A quick and easy sausage and cabbage recipe that only takes 4 minutes in the pressure cooker.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 4 mins
Total Time 9 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 264 kcal


  • 1 head of cabbage cored and chopped
  • 1 13.5 oz kielbasa or smoked, polish sausage (more than 13.5 is ok!)
  • .5 cup salted butter sliced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


  • Chop up cabbage in one 1 inch pieces. Set aside.
  • Cut up kielbasa in to 1/2 in – 1 in. pieces. Set aside.
  • Add chicken broth to the instant pot, and cut up a stick of butter in to slices and add to chicken broth.
  • Add in chopped cabbage, making sure to leave enough room for kielbasa.
  • Top with kielbasa, leaving enough room for the lid, and so the sausage does not touch the lid! No need to stir.
    (As the kielbasa cooks, the drippings will cook down in to the cabbage.)
  • Put the lid on, and turn the dial to "seal" and pressure cook on "high". Set the timer to 4 minutes.
  • When the timer ends, safely turn the vent to release the pressure (I use these heat resistant gloves). When the float valve goes down, it's safe to remove the lid.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste (I used about 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper) and stir.
  • Serve immediately or remove from Instant Pot insert, so the cabbage stops cooking and doesn't get mushy!



Serving: 2cupsCalories: 264kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 3gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 461mgPotassium: 433mgFiber: 6gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 932IUVitamin C: 87mgCalcium: 101mgIron: 1mg
Keyword boiled eggs instant pot, kielbasa and cabbage, polish sausage, smoked sausage
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
Kielbasa and Cabbage in a white bowl, on a fork
Perfect leftover too!

14 thoughts on “Kielbasa and Cabbage in the Instant Pot

  1. Ann says:

    5 stars
    I remember that such a dish was often prepared in my family when I was a little girl. Though it is quite unusual and none of my friends ate it before. I saw these photos and felt nostalgic! I am happy to cook and eat this dish. By the way, I also cook it with the addition of tomato paste, so the taste is more piquant, in my opinion. Thank you for reminding! I love your blog.

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Ann!!! Awww, how fun that you find this nostalgic. I’m such a sucker for nostalgic. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love the idea of adding tomato paste!! Thank you so much for the sweet words too. You’re so sweet!

  2. Sheila Grelk says:

    5 stars
    Fix this today for lunch. My husband has to have cabbage on New Year Day. It was excellent. I would recommend this for everyone if you like cooked cabbage.

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh Sheila, thank you SO much for the sweet words. I’m so glad that you and your husband liked it!! Thank you for taking the time to let me know. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Jessica W. says:

    5 stars
    Hello! We are trying this recipe today. It looks delicious. We always double our kielbasa. Would the cook time change ?

    1. Jessica says:

      Thank you! It should be just fine to double the kielbasa and keep the cook time the same. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. David says:

    5 stars
    Added a tablespoon of caraway seeds. Caraway seeds go very nicely with cabbage.

    1. Jessica says:

      This is a great idea! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Dianne Crockett says:

    5 stars
    I made this last night in my Ninja Foodi 8qt. I ended up doing 4 minutes pressure and used only 8 oz of noodles. I also added frozen peas to the mix. It was fantastic. I used to make this in a frying pan and my husband and I like it this way so much better. Thank you for the recipe.

    1. Jessica says:

      Awww that all sounds so good! I’m so glad that you liked it and thank you so much for taking the time to review it and let us know what you did!

  6. Gail says:

    5 stars
    Made this tonight. So good. Much easier than frying it. Cut up the cabbage and sausage, dump it in and let it rip. I may add 2 drops of liquid smoke next time. Thanks for a great recipe.

    1. Jessica says:

      Oooh! Adding liquid smoke sounds so good. We may have to try that too, thank you!

      1. Gail says:

        5 stars
        Made it again. So good. Added a couple of drops of liquid smoke. Not enough. Next time I will use 1/2 teaspoon. If I increase it till itโ€™s perfect, we will have lots of good meals to eat.

        1. Jessica says:

          Oh yummmm!!! Keep us posted!!

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