Breakfast Cabbage Fry With Egg & Polish Sausage Recipe

Breakfast cabbage with egg and kielbasa is one of our favourite hearty Polish recipes to serve at brunch.

Our homemade Breakfast Cabbage Fry is quick and easy to make, ready to serve in under an hour. Clean up is a breeze as all the ingredients are cooked in one skillet.

If you’re looking to enjoy cabbage for breakfast this recipe takes a rather bland vegetable and jazzes it up with flavourful garlic, onion and paprika.

Crispy browned sausage and tender sauteed cabbage are then topped with fried eggs, sprinkled with chives and served with a dollop of sour cream and crunchy dill pickle.

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What Is Polish Breakfast Cabbage?

Looking for a unique and tasty way to enjoy cabbage for breakfast?

In Eastern European countries like Poland and Ukraine it’s common to fry up cabbage in a skillet for breakfast and serve with smoky sausage and fried eggs.

This Breakfast Cabbage recipe is quick and easy to make, best served with tangy sour cream and a crunchy dill pickle.

You can make the dish quick, preparing all the ingredients in a large cast iron or non-stick skillet. Makes clean up a breeze!

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Traditional Polish Breakfast Cabbage recipe ingredients.
Traditional Polish Breakfast Cabbage recipe ingredients.

Travel to Poland by Cooking Cabbage For Breakfast At Home

I love traveling to Europe.

As a professional food and travel journalist, I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy amazing meals in Europe, from traditional markets to award winning restaurants.

For over ten years, I’ve been on the hunt for the best Breakfast Cabbage. I’ve embarked on culinary adventures at Eastern European restaurants in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia, Estonia, Latvia and Russia.

In Poland, I forked my way through Krakow’s finest restaurants including the dining rooms at Sheraton Grand Krakow and Hotel Kanonicza 22. Having cabbage for breakfast is common in Poland, often served as a quick fry with locally smoked pork sausages and fried eggs. Be sure to order it at your hotel’s brunch buffet.

After you’ve enjoyed your first few bites, you’ll realize why a steaming plate of Cabbage with Egg is a must-try taste in Poland!

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Enjoy Cabbage for Breakfast by making this Polish fry featuring sauteed green cabbage and sausage.
Enjoy Cabbage for Breakfast by making this Polish fry featuring sauteed green cabbage and sausage.

Where To Eat Polish Cabbage with Egg and Sausage

If you live in a large city in Canada or America you’ll likely have access to a local Polish restaurant that serves a traditional Breakfast Cabbage Fry.

Haven’t traveled to the Poland before? It may be helpful to eat cabbage for breakfast at a local restaurant to better understand how the dish is served. You’ll get an idea for the ideal cabbage to sausage ratio, how many eggs to serve on each plate and other Polish dishes to serve at the table like cabbage rolls, bigos, roasted beets, plump pierogi and Mizeria Creamy Polish Cucumber Salad.

In Toronto, popular Eastern European restaurants that may serve an authentic Breakfast Cabbage Fry include Cafe Polonez, Wvrst, Country Style Hungarian, Tennessee Tavern, Amber European and Chopin.

Many of the best Ukrainian/Polish restaurants in the city are located in Roncesvalles Village, located between The Junction and Parkdale. Visit in the Fall for Roncesvalles Polish Fest to enjoy a fabulous taste of Polish culture.

Cook the Breakfast Cabbage and kielbasa sausage until tender and browned.
Cook the Breakfast Cabbage and kielbasa sausage until tender and browned.

My Family Loves This Easy Breakfast Cabbage Recipe

I love cooking and baking for my family.

After traveling to Poland to do research on Krakow’s food scene as a professional food and travel journalist I was excited to come home to cook cabbage for breakfast at my next family get together.

I prepared this Breakfast Cabbage Fry at our family cottage in Muskoka in the Fall. I knew my parents would enjoy the dish because they love brunch, fried eggs and crispy fried sausage.

Whenever I purchase a big green cabbage at the grocery store I tend to only need half of it when making a coleslaw or salad. I find I often have a wedge of cabbage loitering in the back of my fridge.

This Breakfast Cabbage recipe is the perfect way to cook that leftover cabbage you need to use up!

Breakfast Cabbage Photo Image.
Breakfast Cabbage Photo Image.

Health Benefits

Our homemade Breakfast Cabbage recipe is packed full of healthy ingredients!

It is only recently that scientists have begun to identify the components responsible for garlic’s myriad health benefits. Rich in phytochemicals and potassium, garlic helps boost your immune system, fight cancer and protect your heart.

Onions are a humble vegetable packed with vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Regular consumption of leeks can help boost digestive health and reduce the risk of developing heart disease.

An excellent source of vitamins K and C, cabbage helps keep your bones, blood, and immune system healthy.

Paprika is rich in vitamin A, capsaicin, and carotenoid antioxidants. These substances may help prevent inflammation and improve your cholesterol, eye health and blood sugar levels.

Eggs contain two vital nutrients that are not present in many foods: iodine and vitamin D. Eggs are also rich in tissue-building protein and vitamin B12, which helps your body manufacture blood cells.

Packed with calcium and friendly probiotic bacteria, sour cream and yogurt help keep your bones strong and your gut healthy. Yogurt may also help reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes and some types of cancer. 

Pork is an excellent source of protein and provides several important vitamins and minerals. It’s an excellent source of thiamin, selenium, niacin, vitamin B-6 and phosphorus, zinc, riboflavin and potassium.

Serve Cabbage for Breakfast with fried eggs and juicy dill pickles.
Serve Cabbage for Breakfast with fried eggs and juicy dill pickles.

Cabbage With Egg Recipe Tips

This healthy homemade Breakfast Cabbage Skillet is quick and easy to make at home.

  • Use a large cast iron skillet to saute the cabbage and kielbasa.
  • We suggest using a high quality rubber spatula spoon or wooden spoon to stir the cabbage and onions until tender.
  • We’ve used green cabbage in this recipe but you can substitue for napa cabbage or savoy cabbage. Do not use red cabbage it will discolour the dish turning it purple.
  • We’ve used a traditional smoked Polish sausage like kielbasa made with pork. You can substitute for a beef, chicken or turkey smoked sausage.
  • We’ve used Spanish cooking onions in this recipe but you can substitute for shallots, sweet vidalia onions or white onion.
  • We like to fry sunny side up eggs as they look pretty when perched over this Breakfast Cabbage Fry. You can also cook over easy, poached or scrambled eggs.
Cabbage with Egg and Polish sausage makes for a delicious high protein breakfast.
Cabbage with Egg and Polish sausage makes for a delicious high protein breakfast.

What To Serve with Breakfast Cabbage Fry

If you have company coming over for brunch it’s really easy to serve up a large portion of cabbage for breakfast. Benefits are that it’s a one pan dish and requires very little clean up. The ingredients are also easy to find and affordable.

We love to serve this cabbage with egg recipe on cold mornings in the Fall and Winter as the hearty brunch dish is a heart-warming comfort food.

We typically serve the sauteed cabbage and sausage with sunny side up fried eggs, dollop of sour cream and juicy fermented dill pickles.

You can also serve the dish with a slice of homemade sourdough bread and a fruit salad.

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Now you're an expert on how to make the best Polish Breakfast Cabbage recipe!
Now you’re an expert on how to make the best Polish Breakfast Cabbage recipe!

How To Make Polish Breakfast Cabbage

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Breakfast Cabbage with Egg and Polish Sausage

Learn how to make a homemade Breakfast Cabbage Fry. Our easy Polish Cabbage with egg features smokey kielbasa sausage and sour cream.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Polish
Keyword: Breakfast Cabbage
Servings: 4
Calories: 388kcal


  • Nonstick Skillet
  • French knife
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • Wooden spoon or spatula


  • 12 oz Kielbasa Sausage sliced
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 Spanish Onion chopped
  • 3 cups Green Cabbage chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Sweet Paprika
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Chives chopped
  • 1/4 cup Sour Cream


  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  • Brown the sliced sausage until crispy. Remove sausage from skillet and set aside.
  • Add butter, garlic, onion, cabbage, and spices and stir fry. Fry cabbage to your desired tenderness. Crunchy cabbage takes 3-4 minutes whereas very tender cabbage requires 10 minutes of cooking.
  • Return the cooked sausage to the skillet and stir fry until cooked through.
  • In another nonstick skillet over medium heat cook the fried eggs to your liking. Serve the Breakfast Cabbage Hash topped with fried eggs with chopped chives and sour cream. Crunchy dill pickles are yummy too!


Calories: 388kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.5g | Protein: 28.2g | Fat: 17.9g | Saturated Fat: 8.1g | Cholesterol: 253mg | Sodium: 1688mg | Potassium: 227mg | Fiber: 2.1g | Sugar: 9.3g | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 3mg

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