Red Cabbage with Sausage and Potatoes

Instant Pot Cabbage, Sausage, and Potatoes

I HATED having to eat cabbage when I was a kid! However, something great happened one evening when I was studying abroad in Spain. My host mother, Nati, brought me a huge bowl of red cabbage to eat while we practiced my Spanish conversation skills. I don’t know if it was spanish chorizo sausage, the sherry vinegar, or the conversation happening, but it was one of the best bowls of cabbage that I ever ate. It’s a little harder to find those great Spanish ingredients here in the states, but I add a little flair with some smoked paprika. I hope you enjoy Instant Pot Cabbage, Sausage, and Potatoes…and don’t forget to add the vinegar!

Red Cabbage with Sausage and Potatoes

instant pot cabbage, sausage, and potatoes

This bright and savory dish is good any time of year! I always use red cabbage because…well, it's just pretty.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast sausage, cabbage, instant pot, Potatoes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 361kcal


  • Instant Pot


  • 2 tbsp bacon grease (or extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 onion large dice
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb Yukon Gold potatoes cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 head red cabbage
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 lbs smoked sausage sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • red wine vinegar for serving


  • Set Instant Pot to Saute setting. Once the bacon grease (or oil) has melted, add the chopped onions and saute until soft and translucent (about 4-5 minutes). Turn Instant Pot off at this point to keep your ingredients from burning. Stir in minced garlic into onions until aromatic (about 30 seconds)
  • Being careful not to burn yourself, place the chopped potatoes on top of the onion and garlic.
  • Remove the outer leaves from the red cabbage and cut into quarters. Remove the tough white core from the center of the cabbage and discard. Chop the cabbage leaves into 2 inch chunks and layer in the Instant Pot on top of the potatoes.
  • Season the cabbage with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. Add bay leaf. Pour the chicken broth over the cabbage leaves. Layer the top of the leaves with the smoked sausage slices.
  • Close the Instant Pot and make sure the valve is set to the sealed position. Using the "Manual" setting, set the timer on high for 8 minutes. Make sure that the valve on top is set to the sealed position. After the cabbage has cooked, let the pressure release naturally for about 15-20 minutes. Stir the cabbage mixture and season to taste with additional salt and pepper. Sprinkle with a little red wine vinegar for a little acidity if desired.


Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 18.1g | Protein: 12.8g | Fat: 27.8g | Saturated Fat: 10.4g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 972mg | Potassium: 359mg | Fiber: 4.3g | Sugar: 6.2g | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg