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Kielbasa Cabbage and Potatoes in the Instant Pot

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Make a whole well balanced meal in almost no time with the help of a pressure cooker. Kielbasa, cabbage and potatoes in the instant pot is a delicious all in one dinner.

Plate filled with cooked sausage, potatoes and cabbage.

Getting a tasty meal on the table doesn’t have to be difficult, this recipe is proof of that. It is flavorful and comforting with almost no effort required.

If you can chop a head of cabbage into bite sized squares, you can make this dinner. Add some chunks of potato, a bit of broth and some kielbasa and you are really in business.

ingredients ready to go into instant pot.

The smokiness and spices in the sausage add great flavor to everything else, so it all comes out tasty without having to dig through your spice cabinet!

Making You Meal

Start by cutting your potatoes into large chunks. I like to use medium red potatoes and cut them into about 8 pieces each.

Put them in the bottom of your instant pot with the stock. Having them in the liquid helps to keep them from oxidizing while they wait to be cooked.

Speaking of the stock, I like to use chicken stock but that’s not the only option. A can of beer would be fun, I would personally use a lighter beer reminiscent of a lager. Water would also work.

Now cut the cabbage into chunks. They don’t have to be super small as the cabbage will wilt and soften as it cooks.

Just make them a nice manageable size and layer it on top of the potatoes. Put the kielbasa on top and you are ready to cook!

Dinner plate with cabbage, potatoes and keilbasa.

I used homemade kielbasa that was made into individual links and cold smoked. You could also use the larger smoked kielbasa from the store, feel free to cook it whole or cut it into chunks.

Fresh Polish sausage or even bratwursts would also be tasty options. Feel free to use what you like.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of potatoes should I use for kielbasa cabbage and potatoes?

We like using red potatoes in this recipe. Waxier potatoes like yukon gold also hold up really well in this recipe. However, we have used russet potatoes several times and they work as well.

Can I add carrots to this recipe?

Yes you can. If you want to add some chunks of carrot or even a handful or two of baby carrots they would taste great in this recipe. Add them with the rest of the ingredients and cook as directed. It would be a lot like how we eat our corned beef and cabbage.

More great recipes using cabbage or kielbasa

Make a tasty casserole with pasta, sausage, broccoli and cheese. It is another tasty all in one meal that can be prepped ahead of time and baked when ready.

A tasty cheesy cabbage casserole topped with corn flake crumbs is a tasty and comforting side dish. It is a fun way to enjoy the leafy vegetable.

plate of keilbasa with potatoes and cabbage by instant pot.

Cook kielbasa, pierogis and brussels sprouts all on one sheet pan for a tasty and super simple supper. It is another great quick and easy meal.

A few more easy instant pot dinner ideas

Cook sausage, kale and farro together in the instant pot for a wholesome and flavorful dinner.

Or cook up some backstrap and broccoli in the instant pot and serve it over rice for a lovely meal.

Plate filled with cooked sausage, potatoes and cabbage.

Kielbasa Cabbage and Potatoes in the Instant Pot

Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Carlee
Make a whole well balanced meal in almost no time with the help of a pressure cooker. Kielbasa, cabbage and potatoes in the instant pot is a delicious all in one dinner.
4.87 from 67 ratings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 4 medium potatoes
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 medium head cabbage
  • 1 pound kielbasa
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder


  • Cut potatoes into large pieces and place into instant pot with stock.
    4 medium potatoes, 1 cup chicken stock
  • Cut head of cabbage into cubes and layer over potatoes.
    1 medium head cabbage
  • Arrange sausage over the cabbage. Sprinkle with seasonings.
    1 pound kielbasa, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. Quick release the steam.
  • Stir to combine and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.



Serving: 1servingCalories: 575kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 21gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 1575mgFiber: 5gSugar: 7g

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“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Thursday 4th of July 2024

I added some sliced onions, and seasoned it with a Japanese curry cube. So delicious!


Friday 5th of July 2024

That sounds amazing!


Saturday 8th of April 2023

Nobody here likes to cook. That said, this was a big, big hit at our house. And so easy.


Saturday 8th of April 2023

I am so glad you enjoyed it!

Kenneth Jimenez

Monday 30th of January 2023

I actually add smoked hogs jowl to this dish with the sausage it is absolutely amazing


Monday 30th of January 2023

That sounds amazing!


Monday 9th of January 2023

What would you do different if you don't have an instant pot??


Monday 9th of January 2023

I would put everything in a large pot, cover it and cook it over medium for 20-30 minutes. When the potatoes and cabbage are cooked to your liking it should be good to go.


Thursday 17th of March 2022

One place in the description, it says COOK TIME 15 minutes. In the Instructions, it says cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. Which one is correct?


Thursday 17th of March 2022

5 minutes is correct, the 15 minutes includes the time it takes to come up to pressure.