Recipes Using Kielbasa or Polish Sausage

Kielbasa is a popular ingredient in many recipes. It is often used in recipes based on dishes from Eastern Europe, but is adaptable to many cuisines. This page contains recipes using kielbasa or Polish sausage.

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My parents and I really enjoy kielbasa. We have very limited ways of preparing it. Normally we fry or grill them and eat them on hotdog buns or bagels. We would really appreciate any casserole dishes or other ways to prepare this meat. We looked in a couple cook books with no success what so ever.

Thank you.

By Suntydt from Tazewell, TN

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This is one of my favorites from the Better Homes and Garden Cookbook.

Kielbasa and Cabbage

1/3 cup chopped onion (one small)

1 Tbsp. butter or margarine

1 small head green or red cabbage, cut into 12 wedges

3/4 cup apple juice

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar or cider vinegar

12 ounces fully cooked kielbasa, cut into 8 pieces

2 medium cooking apples, cored and sliced.

In 12 in skillet cook onion in hot margarine or butter till tender. Add cabbage wedges. Stir together apple juice, brown sugar, and vinegar. Pour over cabbage in skillet. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.

Add kielbasa and apples. Return to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer covered, for 10 minutes or till sausage is hot and apple is crisp tender. Serve with slotted spoon. Makes 4 servings.

Note: I have used apple cider instead of apple juice and I have used smoked kielbasa also.

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Ingredients:

  • 6 potatoes, cubed
  • 1 head cabbage, cut in pieces and separated
  • 1 pkg. baby carrots
  • 1 pkg. kielbasa, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • butter, to taste

Directions:

In a large pot, place the cubed potatoes, cabbage, carrots, and add enough water until everything in the pot is covered. Cook over medium heat for about 45 minutes. Add the kielbasa and cook for an additional 15 minutes. Add salt, pepper, and butter to taste.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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This is an easy weeknight meal that my whole family likes. It is inspired by a recipe of my mother's.

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I am looking for a bean recipe. If I were to name this recipe, I would call it ranch style beans, but not like the canned ranch style beans. These are slow cooked and have some sort of kielbasa sausage in them. (No other chunks that I could tell... haha) Wonderful flavor. I don't like most of the canned baked bean and related beans but we had these at a catored event recently and they were marvelous! Does anyone have anything similar?

Trisha from Albuquerque, NM

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are you talking about red beans and rice? or bacarro beans(which are Mexican beans with bacon or can have smoked sausage in it)

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Cut up Polish kielbasa with frozen vegetables

Ingredients

  • 1 Pack Hilshire Farms Polish Sausage
  • 1 bag frozen stir-fry vegetables
  • 1/4 cup Kikkoman's Teriyaki Baste and Glaze

Directions

Saute Polish sausage in skillet. When heated or browned, add frozen vegetables and stir until softened. Add about 1/4 cup of the Teriyaki Baste and Glaze, more or less to taste. Stir well and serve over rice or as is. Everyone will love this and beg for more! This cooks fast so be watchful!

By Linda from Eustis, FL

Editor's Note: Some of the ThriftyFun crew tried this recipe. It was wonderful, even passing the taste test of a 4 and 6 year old! We made a few slight modifications of the recipe on our 2nd attempt.

We used 1/2 a Hillshire Farms Turkey Kielbasa and sauted onions along with the sausage. We also added 2 Tbs. of water as it was cooking to provide a little more liquid when it was served over rice. The pictures provided are from when we made this dish!

A dinner of kielbasa and vegetables
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I've been trying to find a recipe for kielbasa made with Coca Cola.

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I was told...

1 package kielbassa

1 small package of brown sugar

1 can of coke

Simmer in crockpot.

Im actually also trying to look for a precise

recipe. This guessing is driving me crazy. lol

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My son gave me some kielbasa, the Polish sausage. I would like some recipes for its use, but not too heavy. Does one boil it, saute it, broil it? Help!

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I saute in skillet using water instead of oil ( to reduce the fat) for 2 minutes then drain on paper towels. I then use hash brown potatoes and add a side of vegetables and make it a meal.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can mashed cranberry sauce
  • 9 oz. cocktail sauce
  • 9 oz. (plain) BBQ sauce
  • 2 lbs. sliced kielbasa

Directions:

Combine the 3 sauces together into a crock pot. Add kielbasa and mix. Cook on high for 90 minutes.

By LRP from LWL, MA

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My son gave me some kielbasa, the Polish sausage. I would like some recipes for its use, but not too heavy. Does one boil it, saute it, broil it? Help!

Thanks.
Miriam from Southbury, CT


Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

We like it fried with potatoes and onions for breakfast. Very basic, but good. We often make this camping. (02/22/2007)

By Patti

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

If the sausage is pre cooked, slice and use in the recipes below.
If the sausage is fresh (uncooked), saute or boil first.
If you are not a cabbage/sauerkraut fan, you can eliminate these from the recipes.

Boiled Dinner - serves 4

  • 6-8 potatoes, peeled, cut in large chunks
  • 4-6 carrots, peeled, cut in large pieces
  • 1 small head cabbage, cut in coarse (1/2 inch wide) shreds
  • 1-2 pounds kielbasa, cut into bite sized chunks (can use either precooked or fresh without pre-cooking)

Start large pot of water boiling. Add potatoes and carrots, simmer about 10 - 15 minutes, until soft, but not done. Add kielbasa, and simmer 5 minutes more.
Add cabbage and simmer 5 minutes more until cabbage is done to your taste.
Serve with mustard sauce and catsup.

Mustard Sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • prepared yellow mustard

Mix mustard with mayo to you taste.

Lazy Pierogi Casserole-serves 4

  • 1 pound box spiral pasta, cooked
  • 1 pound kielbasa, sliced in 1/4 in slices (cooked)
  • 1 pound can sauerkraut, rinsed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup, mixed with 1 can milk
  • 1 pound sliced fresh mushrooms

Mix the soup and milk in a bowl. Place all other ingredients in greased/cooking sprayed casserole dish. Pour soup mix over ingredients, mix well to coat everything.
Bake uncovered 20-25 minutes in 350F degree oven. (02/23/2007)

By Jean

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

It depends on whether it is already fully cooked. The kind I buy is. I just slice it up over a can of Bavarian style sauerkraut in a large skillet. You can also add some sliced potatoes and sometimes I even add a can of drained green beans. Put on the lid and let it simmer until the potatoes are soft and everything is heated up well. A great meal all in one pan! You can also throw this in the crock pot. Even our young children love this meal! (02/23/2007)

By Debbie52

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

I love it with fried potatoes and onions. Cut meat, potatoes, and onions into small cubes and fry up together. It is so good. Here is a crockpot recipe that we love.

Sweet and Spicy Kielbasa or Polish Sausage

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup spicy mustard
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 pounds kielbasa or smoked Polish sausage, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

In crockpot, combine brown sugar, mustard and onion; add kielbasa and
stir well to coat evenly. Cover and cook on LOW for 2 1/2 to 3 hours,
stirring occasionally.

During the last hour of cooking, I add Mrs. T's Pierogies right to the pot. I just baste them and mix them right in. There are 3 pierogies per serving and they add an additional 3 points to each serving, bringing the total for both to 5 points/serving

(02/23/2007)

By micksgirl

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

Take the sausage cut up in small pieces fry with a medium onion until done and nicely browned then add 2 cans of butter beans and cook for about 1/2 hour. (02/23/2007)

By cupcake04

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

If the Kielbasa is fully cooked, just cut it in portion sizes, split down the middle and fry in a skillet until nicely caramelized. Then just eat as a sandwich with your favorite condiments or as a meat with side dishes. I like it sliced in potato soup, or sauteed with onions, garlic, cabbage, green peppers, and potatoes. Fry a couple of eggs to go with it for a very hearty breakfast or quick supper on a cold winter's night. (02/23/2007)

By Margie

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

Here's a family favorite:

thriftyfun.com (02/23/2007)

By ThriftyFun

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

My mom used to slice some onion, zucchini, and various other veggies with the kielbasa to make a nice stir-fry with some rice.

My husband really enjoys it hot with a bit of mustard like a hot dog! (02/23/2007)

By Aimee

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

A lady just gave me this recipe and she says its great. I am going to try it soon.

Crock Pot Veggie Kielbasa Soup

  • 1/2 lb. reduced-fat smoked turkey kielbasa, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 celery rib with leaves, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 oz. ea.) reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (15-1/2 oz.) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 oz.) stewed tomatoes, cut up, undrained
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled, and shredded
  • 1 TB dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

In a nonstick skillet, saute kielbasa over medium heat until lightly browned.

Add the onion, green pepper, celery, and garlic. Saute and stir for 5 minutes
or until
vegetables are tender. Transfer to a crock pot/slow cooker.

Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on LOW heat setting for 8
to 9 hours.

Yield: 5 servings.

(02/23/2007)

By Michele

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

Oh, we just love kielbasa sausage. In the summer we slice it in half and grill it.

We also make a Low Country Boil.

  • Kielbasa cut into 3 inch links
  • 2 lbs of shrimp
  • ears of corn, I usually use 4
  • small red potatoes 8-10
  • 1 container of Old Bay seasoning

In a large pot fill with water add Old Bay and bring to a boil, add potatoes allow to come back to a boil and cook for 15 minutes, add the corn bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes, add the sausage bring to a boil again and add shrimp. Make sure the water covers everything, everything is done when the shrimp turn pink. Dump on to a large platter or on newspaper on a picnic table in the backyard during warm weather. Enjoy and you don't have a lot of dishes to clean. This usually feeds 4 hearty eaters. I serve it with some homemade bread and an assortment of cold drinks, sodas and sweet iced tea.

When I was a bride, my husband was in the Navy, stationed in Plainville, Connecticut. I am from Georgia and had never been up north. We were there for two years and I love Connecticut. We haven't visited since 1985. You live in a beautiful place! My husband was attached to a reserve center in Hartford, The reserve center moved to Plainville while we were there. We loved to visit Gillett Castle, Devil's Hop Yard State park, Old Lyme, and many other great places. I love all the fall colors. We had a favorite Greek pizza place we loved to eat at, Georges. I have never had pizza as good as that.
I have some great memories from your state!

(02/23/2007)

By Susie from Buckhead, GA

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

I would rinse a can of good saurkraut, put in a casserole dish, put kielbasa in a circle on top of kraut. Cover and bake at 350 degrees until hot through. Serve with mashed potatoes and apple sauce. This is simple and a good cold weather dish. (02/23/2007)

By Sylvia

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

If it is the cooked kind, I just cut it into 1 inch chunks and add it to spaghetti sauce and serve over the spaghetti. My husband loves this. (02/24/2007)

By Starlight

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

I slice it up and cook it in a big pot on the stovetop with water, instant rice, frozen peas, one can of cream of celery soup, one can of cheese soup and a small can of mushrooms.

It makes for one quick and delicious dinner.
(02/25/2007)

By Heather

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

One way our family likes it is putting it sliced up in my Nesco roaster along with a head of cabbage, onion, garlic and about 1/2-1 c water or chicken broth (if I have it). I serve it on top of mashed potatoes and my hubby and dd cannot get enough! I started making this when my dd was 4 (she's 7-1/2 now) and didn't think she would eat it cuz she is a picky eater, but she loves it! Yum! (02/26/2007)

By Nikki

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

I use Kielbasa in potato soup. Cook up some potatoes, slice some carrots and cook in a cup of chicken broth. Mash the potatoes and add milk to the consistency you like. I slice up the sausage and fry it (you don't have to do this step, but it adds flavor). Add cooked carrots, sausage, mashed potatoes, chicken broth and milk all together. Season as you like, salt, pepper, parsley, whatever.

I also make Spanish rice and add sausage to that for one-step meal. Delish! (03/01/2007)

By Marfette

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

This is how I love to cook my kielbasa.

  • cut kielbasa into 1 inch chunks
  • in a hot skillet, pour one can ginger ale
  • arrange the pieces in the skillet and cook on medium high, turning until the soda evaporates
  • meanwhile, line a cookie sheet with foil
  • arrange the kielbasa on the cookie sheet and top with brown sugar
  • heat under the broiler until the sugar melts

Serve with buttered noodles and your favorite vegetable.
Kids love this recipe too because it's sweet. (09/04/2007)

By Jessica

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

I have made Kielbasa every way that you can think; from a typical New England Boiled dinner to including it in a cheese and tomato omelet. My hubby especially likes it sliced lengthwise and grilled on the grill for hard roll sandwiches with Provolone Cheese and sauerkraut. Another way to enjoy it is to slice it on a diagonal into "few-bite" pieces (pre-cooked, of course) and serve with cocktail sauce. I also have heard of recipes with barbecue sauce and grape jelly in the crockpot? Sounds good! Enjoy. (02/08/2008)

By Lynda from CT

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

Cut the kielbasa into circle slices and cook with vegetable oil in a skillet until cooked. Add fresh green bell peppers and Vidalia onion. Mix with garlic and pepper flavored couscous. Makes a delicious and filling meal. (05/04/2008)

By Dann

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

  • 2lbs Kielbasa, cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1 whole onion
  • 1 head cabbage
  • 1lb miniature carrots
  • 6 small yellow squash
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup water

Brown kielbasa and onions in bottom of good sized stock pot. Add cabbage (chopped up), squash (sliced), and bag of carrots. Add about 1 cup of chicken broth and the water, and stew for about 45 minutes (on low heat).
Better the second day. (05/14/2008)

By Becky

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

Kielbasa Burritos

  • 2-3 potatoes peeled and diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Kielbasa sausage cut into 1 inch chunks or sliced circles
  • 1 small onion diced
  • fresh broccoli or chopped cabbage (we alternate when making this recipe)
  • 1 can of refried beans (medium sized)
  • flour tortillas (burrito size)

Start by adding a tbsp of oil to a large skillet or pot. Add potatoes and onion; sprinkle with a little salt and pepper, cooking until potatoes are almost cooked through. Add Kielbasa and broccoli or cabbage mixing all ingredients together. Cook until sausage has been browned and vegetables are cooked enough for your liking.

Serve Kielbasa mixture and refried beans burrito style or just use the tortillas on the side.

Enjoy! (05/14/2008)

By Sheri

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

Slice the kielbasa in round circles. Slice up some peppers (green, yellow, and red), some mushrooms, and some garlic. Brown the Kielbasa in olive oil, then add the vegetables, and saute. When it's almost ready, add 2 Tbsp. of lemon juice, stir in and lower flame to make a light sauce. Cook some bowtie pasta, and serve over it.
Yum! (08/24/2008)

By Scharon

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

I fry or boil it, sliced in 1 inch circles and set aside. Make a package or 2 of red beans and rice. Mix together and add a little hot sauce. Quick easy and yummy! (08/27/2008)

By guest

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

Cut kielbasa in circles, cook over medium flame for a few minutes, slice some peppers (best is green), add to the kielbasa and add oyster sauce (half of a bottle to a whole bottle if desired). For a thinner sauce add, just a few, teaspoons of water. Cook over a medium-low flame to heat up the sauce and cook the bell peppers slightly, don't overcook the peppers. Add over rice and enjoy. I love this recipe. (10/05/2008)

By Shadow

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

I love it sliced down the center and grilled, I serve it with sauerkraut mashed potatoes, and green beans, or broccoli cheese rice and green beans.

To make sauerkraut mashed potatoes:
Melt 2 tbsp. butter in a sauce pan and about 1/2 medium onion chopped, add 1 can sauerkraut and 1/2 cup of water. Simmer covered for 30 minutes until water is evaporated.
Make mashed potatoes as normal and then add the sauerkraut to the potatoes, mmm delish! It is even better the second day!

I also do the sausage, red potatoes halved, and sauerkraut in a big pot for about 45 minutes, covered, on medium lo heat, it's all yummmy! (10/13/2008)

By Lauren

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

I like to slice it lengthwise and then cut it into thirds and fry it in a frying pan till caramelized. I use applesauce and seasoned potatoes as side dishes. Try dipping the Kielbasa in the applesauce it is most delicious. (01/21/2009)

By Heather E.

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

I add precooked kielbasa to my chili recipe! It's tangy and great. (02/07/2009)

By Roberta

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

I make a quick dinner of cutting the Kielbasa diagonally and frying with butter and onions in a skillet. Add a box of frozen Pierogi and cook till lightly browned. These are things that I always have in the house so even if we are snowed in there is still dinner. (02/07/2009)

By Cyndi D.

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

My favorite way to have it, is how my mom used to make it when I was growing up. I make it for my nieces now. It only takes 4 total ingredients:

  • turkey Kielbasa (2 pkgs)
  • tomato sauce (about 48 oz)
  • curry spice (to specific taste, I like it quite spicy)
  • Mozzarella cheese (8-16 oz depending on how many kielbasas you are cooking.)

Preheat oven to 350*F, cut kielbasa into bite sized pieces, I usually do half circles. Pour cans of tomato sauce into baking pan and add kielbasa. Stir in curry till desired taste. Bake in oven for 20 minutes. Sprinkle cheese over top and place back into oven till cheese is melted. Serve with salad and garlic bread. Yummy!!

(02/10/2009)

By Roberta

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

This recipe is great. I think my mother found it on a package of Hillshire Farms kielbasa years ago. Today I prepare it this way for my own family. Enjoy!

  • 1 lb. Kielbasa
  • 1 can of pineapple and juice
  • 1 large green pepper
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1 T vinegar
  • 1 T soy sauce
  • 1/2 c preserves (since my husband is a diabetic, I use sugar free preserves (mainly apricot), but any flavor will work.

Slice kielbasa into rounds and cook in a large covered skillet. Cut up pepper and tomatoes, add to pan. In a separate dish, combine cornstarch, vinegar, soy sauce, and preserves. Do not taste test the sauce at this point. Simply
add it to the pan with sausage and veggies. Now add the pineapple and the juice from the can and stir. Now taste!

<p.Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes on low -medium.

Serve over hot white rice.
(02/24/2009)

By Sue

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

This is a great and easy recipe. Use a sheet of aluminum foil about 2 feet long. Drain a container of sauerkraut and form oblong in center of foil. Place kielbasa on top of sauerkraut. Sprinkle black pepper to taste. Cover with thinly sliced onions and wrap with aluminum foil. Cook in over at 350F for approximately one hour or for best results, cook on grill for about an hour. (02/27/2009)

By John

Recipes Using Kielbasa Sausage

This recipe using Kielbasa or smoked sausage or Polish is awesome.

Cut sausage in round slices and fry in whatever oil you like til golden and caramelized, add diced onions until soft, then add a large can of diced tomatoes with liquid, a can of cream of celery soup and a can of water. Then add some dry bowtie pasta or egg noodles and the liquid will absorb into the pasta and cook it. Add more water if you wish and salt and pepper, I always double the recipe, add come original Mrs.Dash, as well, (just a bit), enjoy!! Cook on low if on stove or in slow cooker on low. (02/15/2010)

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