A large portion of sausage stuffing served on a blue plate with a fork.

Skillet Sausage Stuffing

Skillet Sausage Stuffing goes from simple ingredients to crowd pleasing holiday deliciousness in about 30 minutes all in your favorite cast iron skillet.

Cast iron skillet full of sausage stuffing with a portion removed and a wooden spoon.

Don’t want to stuff your bird this year? No problem.

This is my family’s traditional homemade sausage stuffing that we adapted for a 12″ cast iron skillet. Technically, it’s a dressing, not a stuffing, since we’re not stuffing it in the bird…but semantics.

Can I make stuffing the day before Thanksgiving?

If you’re looking to lighten the load on Thanksgiving, cooking some dishes ahead of time is an excellent idea. This skillet sausage stuffing is one you can make a day or even two, ahead of time.

This dressing recipe pre-cooks all the raw ingredients before it’s assembled, making it perfectly safe to store properly in the refrigerator until cooking time.

Cooked and served sausage stuffing portioned onto a blue plate with a fork and the rest remaining dressing in the skillet with a wooden spoon.

However, do not store it in the cast iron skillet. Place it in a sealed container.

Our Dutch Oven Honey Glazed Carrots is another recipe that can be made ahead and rewarmed on the big day.

Easy Sausage Stuffing Recipe

Ingredients needed to make the dressing: Sage Pork Sausage, onion, butter, celery, dried bread, herbs, and seasonings, all nestled in a cast iron skillet.

Prep your ingredients and read through the entire recipe card before beginning.

Crumbled sage pork sausage in a hot cast iron skillet.

Once the skillet is piping hot, crumble in the sage sausage. You can use regular pork sausage if you want, but increase the amount of herbs and seasoning when assembling the dressing. We highly recommend the sage sausage though.

Onions and celery being added to the skillet of melting butter.

Once the sausage has been transferred, toss in the three sticks of butter (yes 3). As they melt in what can only be described as culinary ecstasy, toss in the onions and celery.

The sage sausage has been returned to the skillet with the softened buttery onions, celery, herbs, and spices.

Once the onions and celery have softened, about 5 minutes or so, add the sausage back to the skillet and mix well.

The mixture will be utterly tantalizing swimming in that luscious pool of butter, but only sample a bite or two. It’s far to easy to over-taste-test and you could end up without enough mixture for the stuffing.

The fully assembled sage sausage stuffing is in the cast iron skillet, ready to be baked.

Rotate stirring in the bread and broth until all the bread has been incorporated and it’s desired moisture. You want it to be moist (sorry if you hate that word) but not soggy.

Cover and toss it in the oven to bake.

Horizontal image of the cooked sage sausage dressing in a cast iron skillet.

Easy Holiday Side Dish Recipes

Here are several more recipes from my blogger colleagues to help complete your holiday table.

Make sure to check out all the awesome Holiday Side Dishes:
  • Porcini Pancetta Dressing from The Complete Savorist
  • 5 Ingredient Corn Casserole from Cheese Curd in Paradise
  • Apple Cranberry Pecan Salad from Blogghetti
  • Bacon Wrapped String Beans from Family Around the Table
  • Cranberry, Apple, & Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf from Sweet Beginnings
  • Creamy Potato and Apple Gratin from Palatable Pastime
  • Disney’s Pumpkin Soup from Simply Inspired Meals
  • Dudhi Kofta (Bottle Gourd Fritters) from Cook with Renu
  • Orange Cranberry Sauce from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
  • Pancetta Brussels Sprouts from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
  • Pumpkin Rolls with Herbs and Sea Salt from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Apples, and Onions from A Day in the Life on the Farm
  • Roasted Carrots with Fresh Herbs from Our Good Life
  • Cooked and served sausage stuffing portioned onto a blue plate with the rest remaining in the skillet.
    A large portion of sausage stuffing served on a blue plate with a fork.
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    5 from 2 votes

    Skillet Sausage Stuffing

    Skillet Sausage Stuffing goes from simple ingredients to crowd pleasing holiday deliciousness in about 30 minutes all in your favorite cast iron skillet.
    Prep Time10 mins
    Cook Time40 mins
    Total Time50 mins
    Course: Side Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Sausage Stuffing
    Servings: 8
    Calories: 605kcal
    Author: Ned Adams
    Cost: $8

    Equipment

    • 12-inch cast iron skillet

    Ingredients

    • 1 lb sage sausage
    • cups butter 3 sticks
    • cup celery (1 rib)
    • ¾ cup onion (1 medium)
    • ½ tsp salt to taste
    • ½ tsp pepper to taste
    • ½ tsp rubbed sage
    • ½ tsp dried thyme
    • ½ tsp poultry seasoning
    • 12 oz dried bread (package; 1 fresh loaf dried)
    • 29 oz chicken broth Two – 14.5 oz cans;

    Instructions

    • Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
    • Heat the skillet over medium high heat.
    • Crumble and cook the sausage completely through, about 5 minutes.
    • Drain off any renderings and transfer to a bowl; set aside.
    • Return the skillet to the heat, and add the butter.
    • Once the butter has melted, add the celery, onions, herbs, and seaonings.
    • Cook for 4-6 minutes or until the vegetables begin to soften.
    • Return the sausage to the skillet, stir well to combine and heat through.
    • Begin to stir in the bread, adding the broth as needed. (see notes)
    • Continue rotating between bread and broth until all the bread has been incorporated and the stuffing has reached its desired moisture.
    • Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
    • Remove the foil and resume baking for an additional 5 minutes if a crispy top is desired.
    • Serve and enjoy.

    Notes

    Water can be substituted for broth. White wine can be used as well as PART of the liquid need, not all. 
    The amount of actual liquid used to make this (or any stuffing/dressing) varies. This recipe and its written proportions should not exceed 4 cups of liquid. It will probably be closer to 2½, but I erred on the side of caution by stating 29 oz. needed.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 605kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 132mg | Sodium: 1411mg | Potassium: 343mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1125IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 2mg

    This post has been updated from it’s original December 11, 2017 publishing with new content, photography, clarified recipe card, and links to other recipes.

    Original December 11, 2017 image of Skillet sausage stuffing on a wood cutting board background.
    Original December 11, 2017 image of Skillet Sausage Stuffing

13 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Love that you made this on the stove top. Sausage in my stuffing is a favorite!

  2. Forget the side plate, hand me a dinner plate!!

  3. I love that you can make this in in a skillet! What a gorgeous and delicious sounding stuffing recippe!

  4. Pingback: Healthy Apple Cranberry Pecan Salad

  5. I need to make my stuffing on the stove top now! We use a spicy sausage in ours, but I like that you used the sage sausage.

  6. Looks like a very tasty stuffing dish. My family would enjoy this.

  7. 5 stars
    I would not mind serving this as a main course too. The filling with all the herbs sounds yummy.

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