Kielbasa is one of those meats that is sorely underrated. A type of sausage that combines pork and beef, this popular Polish dish tastes great when served with pretty much everything.
Whether you’re combining it with potatoes, crisp veggies, sauerkraut, or beans and rice, there is no shortage of kielbasa sausage recipes you and your family will enjoy.
Kielbasa is known for having a very distinct flavor made up of garlic, cloves, and other spices. Best of all is that kielbasa can be prepared in several different ways, including boiled, grilled, and seared.
There is no right or wrong way to prepare and serve your kielbasa. But, if you’re in the market for some kielbasa dinner ideas, you’ve come to the right place.
Below, we go over the top 25 quick and easy kielbasa recipes you can make from the comfort of your own home. Let’s get started!
1. Kielbasa, Pepper, Onion, and Potato Hash
Are you looking for something tasty to make for dinner but don’t have a lot of time? This recipe is for you.
Ready in about 15 minutes, all you have to do is toss some kielbasa, diced potatoes, and sliced pepper and onion in a pan and cook.
If you want, you can substitute traditional potatoes for sweet potatoes or even some butternut squash, as this has a similar consistency.
The secret ingredient here is olive oil, which helps prevent everything from burning to the pan – just be sure to not overheat it, as that can distort its taste.
2. Sausage Green Bean Potato Casserole
Green bean casserole is a classic dish, so why not elevate it with some sausage and potatoes?
These ingredients pair well together and offer different soft and crunchy textures. You can swap out the green beans for asparagus if you prefer.
The same goes for the potatoes, as you can swap in some baby reds if you don’t have baby creamer potatoes.
Since this dish can be prepared and cooked in a crockpot, it ranks as an easy kielbasa sausage recipe.
The secret ingredient in this dish is the red pepper flakes, which give this dish a little kick. If you’re ready for tasty kielbasa and potato recipes, this is one you definitely shouldn’t ignore.
3. Kielbasa and Cabbage Skillet
Skillet dishes are very simple to make, as all you have to do is toss in your ingredients. Both ingredients in this dish have strong flavors that get absorbed into one another as they cook together.
It’s a pretty healthy dish, too, considering it doesn’t have many ingredients. If you don’t have cabbage, you can use Brussel sprouts instead.
The flavors will be a bit different, but the crunchy texture will be the same. Also, if you want to spice up this recipe, try adding some pico de gallo for a Mexican-Polish flare.
The secret ingredient is the cabbage, so use whatever you prefer whether it be red or Napa.
4. Sausage and Cabbage Dinner
As mentioned above, cabbage is a classic dish that brings a lot of flavor to whatever is paired with it. Kielbasa is no different.
Easy to make and healthy to eat, the secret ingredient here is the addition of onions. This elevates the dish by bringing in a new, distinct flavor.
You can swap out the type of cabbage for whatever you prefer, as well, so don’t be afraid to experiment with mild and bolder flavors.
If you don’t have kielbasa but are still in the mood for this dish, you can always use ham instead.
5. One-Pot Smoked Sausage Pasta
This is one of the best kielbasa recipes with pasta – and it’s so simple to make, too! This dish is like spicy macaroni and cheese.
Bowties are usually preferred, but you can substitute them for your favorite type of pasta, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different textures.
The secret ingredient is cheese. While cheddar cheese is recommended, you can also use mozzarella or pepper jack if you prefer.
All the ingredients are cooked together in one pot, so there’s little to no work involved in making this tasty kielbasa dish.
6. Slow Cooker Creamy Sausage and Potato Soup
Are you looking for a delicious soup recipe to enjoy on a rainy day? If so, you’ll love this recipe. Sausage, potatoes, vegetable broth, and cheddar cheese are tossed together in a slow cooker.
Once it’s cooked, toss in some sour cream to let it melt. This is the secret ingredient that gives it a lot of creaminess.
If you don’t have sour cream, you can substitute it for Crème Fraîche, which is fresh cream. It’s a simple kielbasa sausage recipe the kids will love.
7. Italian Sausage and Peppers
What makes this dish so great is the fact that it’s so versatile. This can either be served as is on a plate or a hoagie roll.
This versatility is what makes it such a hit at birthday parties and special occasions. Toss the ingredients in a skillet, as well as some diced tomatoes, and let simmer until ready to serve.
The diced tomatoes are the secret ingredient here, as they provide some acidity to the overall dish.
If you don’t have green peppers, feel free to use red or yellow ones instead for a little bit of an extra kick. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, use all three.
8. One Pan Cheesy Smoked Sausage & Pasta Recipe
If you have an upcoming potluck at work, this is the recipe to try. Pasta, sausage, cheese, and milk are cooked together for a dish that serves plenty and tastes just as good when reheated for leftovers.
It’s one of the easiest recipes for kielbasa that keeps everyone satisfied.
Feel free to experiment with the type of pasta and shredded cheddar you use, and don’t forget the chicken broth; it’s the secret ingredient that helps bring out all the flavor.
9. Sausage and Rice Skillet
This is one of the best kielbasa recipes with rice. Tasty, easy to make, and filling, you only need two ingredients to make this.
You can use any type of rice, depending on the flavor you’re in the mood for. Some people may choose to add some sliced peppers to this dish, as well.
If you prefer, you can swap out the pork sausage for turkey sausage instead.
The secret ingredient in this dish is the optional vegetables; feel free to try everything from peppers to tomatoes to Brussel sprouts.
10. Smoked Sweet Kielbasa Bites
Are you looking for a quick and tasty appetizer for your next party or get-together?
Try this one out for (bite) size! Kielbasa is sliced and glazed with brown sugar, barbeque sauce, and ginger ale.
The secret ingredient is brown sugar, which gives these bite-sized snacks some sweetness.
If you don’t have ginger ale, no worries; you can use a splash of cola or lemon-lime soda in its place. Once glazed, toss in the oven, bake, serve and enjoy. Put a little toothpick in them once they’re done for easy eating.
11. Cabbage Sausage Skillet
This recipe brings you a delicious combo in one enjoyable meal. Grab some kielbasa, cut it up, throw it in a hot pan with cabbage, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper, and toss it around for a few minutes until it’s all cooked.
The secret ingredient here is the vinegar that gets stirred in later on.
This adds a little bit of flavor to the meal and helps marry the ingredients together. This recipe also works great with turkey sausage instead of kielbasa.
12. Grilled Kielbasa Kabobs with Balsamic Honey Glaze
This is a different take on kabobs that works great on a grill. Grab pieces of kielbasa, yellow peppers, red peppers, and pineapple, glaze them with a mix of honey, balsamic vinegar, pepper, and salt, and throw them on the grill to let all of the flavors cook together.
The secret ingredient here is the glaze, which gets a couple of coats in the cooking process, adding flavor to an already delicious meal.
If you want a twist on this one, try mixing in different vegetables with the kielbasa for some different flavors and textures.
13. Crockpot Hashbrown Casserole with Smoked Sausage
We love a good crockpot recipe and this is one you shouldn’t pass up. Throw kielbasa, onion, cheddar cheese, hash browns, and cream of chicken soup into a crockpot and let it all cook down over a few hours for a delicious casserole everyone can enjoy.
The secret ingredient to this one is the cheddar cheese which not only cooks in the crockpot but gets poured on top for added cheesy goodness.
If you’re not a fan of cheddar cheese, you can always swap it with the cheese of your choice. Pepperjack will give the whole thing a little added kick.
14. Bacon-Wrapped Kielbasa Bites with Brown Sugar Glaze
Everything tastes better with bacon and this recipe proves it. Just cut up pieces of kielbasa and strips of bacon. Wrap the bacon around the kielbasa and brush on a brown sugar glaze before baking in the oven.
The secret ingredient here is the brown sugar glaze that consists of brown sugar, white wine vinegar, mustard, and black pepper.
If you’re looking for something a little different, try swapping regular bacon for turkey bacon. It’s a healthier alternative and tastes just as great.
15. Sausage, Pepper, and Mushroom Hash
This is a different take on the typical breakfast hash. Take kielbasa, potatoes, green pepper, olive oil, onion, garlic, and basil, throw it into a pan, and saute the whole thing. Place some fried eggs on top when you’re done for a delicious, hearty breakfast hash.
The secret ingredient here is olive oil which not only prevents everything from sticking to the pan but adds a hint of flavor that ties the whole meal together.
Experiment with different ingredients for different flavors. Try throwing in other vegetables, or seasoning with red pepper for a little extra kick.
16. Crockpot Sweet and Spicy Kielbasa Bites
Are you looking for kielbasa sausage recipe ideas? Here’s another fantastic crockpot recipe for you to try.
Take kielbasa, throw it into a crockpot, then cover it in chili sauce, pineapple preserves, barbeque sauce, pepper flakes, vinegar, garlic salt, onion powder, and cumin. After you let all of that cook for a couple of hours you’re ready to serve.
The secret ingredient here is the chili sauce which gives this dish its heat.
If you want to change things up, this recipe is great for meatballs too! This is one of the best kielbasa sausage recipes.
17. Instant Pot Kielbasa and Sauerkraut
If you’re looking for recipes with kielbasa, this is a great Instant Pot meal worth checking out.
Throw kielbasa, sauerkraut, vegetable oil, onion, garlic, caraway seeds, salt, pepper, white wine, potatoes, carrots, an apple, and chicken broth into an instant pot for a flavorful take on a classic.
The secret ingredient here is garlic, which adds dimension to the overall flavor of the meal. If you don’t want to use white wine, use apple juice instead.
18. Crock Pot Kielbasa Bites
If you’re looking for a tasty appetizer to serve at your next party, try these on for size.
Take pieces of kielbasa, place them at the bottom of the crockpot, then coat them with a mix of barbeque sauce and ranch.
When they’re done cooking, serve them on toothpicks on a tray for your guests to enjoy.
The secret ingredient here is the ranch, which adds a zestiness to the overall flavor of the dish.
Try changing it up with the kind of barbeque sauce you use. Different flavored barbeque sauces can make possibilities of this dish endless.
19. Crockpot Pierogi Casserole with Kielbasa
Who doesn’t love a good pierogi? Well, they’re even better when they’re in a casserole.
Grab a couple of boxes of Mrs. T’s Cheddar Pierogies, some kielbasa, chicken broth, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese. After a few hours in the crockpot, you have an amazing casserole worth sharing with your family.
The secret ingredient here is pierogies. And since there are so many kinds of pierogies, you can try different kinds for different flavors and textures if you want to change things up.
20. Low Carb Fried Cabbage with Kielbasa
Here’s a tasty dish if you’re looking for something low in carbs. Take cabbage, kielbasa, onion, butter, garlic, paprika, parsley, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper, throw it all into a skillet and cook it all down to this flavorful dish.
The secret ingredient here is the red pepper flakes which give the meal a little bit of kick. If you’re looking for a little less spice, don’t use the red pepper flakes.
21. Polish Sausage
If you are looking for new polish kielbasa recipes to try out, this is a rather simple recipe but one worth checking out.
Take your kielbasa, boil it, bake it in the oven, then fry in a pan until brown. Serve on a slice of artisan bread for some delightfully unique finger food.
The secret ingredient here is the kielbasa itself, as the way you prepare it will determine how flavorful it is along with the kind of texture it has.
If you’re looking to add something a little extra, try caramelizing some onions and putting them on top of the kielbasa.
22. Slow Cooker Sweet Kielbasa
If you’ve got the time to utilize a slow cooker, this is the recipe for you. Put kielbasa, barbeque sauce, maple syrup, brown sugar, and chili powder into a slow cooker and have it cook for a few hours.
The secret ingredient here is the maple syrup which gives this meal its sweetness, especially when paired with brown sugar.
If you don’t have brown sugar on hand and you’re looking for something to replace it with, white sugar will also work.
23. Foil Packet Kielbasa
Do you want fun recipes with kielbasa? This is going to use a grill and a little ingenuity when it comes to utilizing tin foil.
Take kielbasa, squash, zucchini, white mushrooms, olive oil, and Montreal Steak Seasoning, mix it all in a bowl, then place inside of the tin foil.
Fold the food inside of the tin foil to form a sealed packet. Once cooked, it’s ready to serve.
The secret here is the Montreal Steak Seasoning, which adds a flavor to the meal that you wouldn’t get without it.
If you want to try something different, this recipe also works great with beef sausage.
24. Low Carb Keto Sausage and Veggie Sheet Pan Dinner
For those on the Keto diet, we have a great meal for you. Kielbasa, cauliflower, and shredded cheddar cheese make the perfect blend.
The secret ingredient that makes this meal so great is the cheddar cheese, which ties the whole meal together.
If you want to change things up, just about any vegetable will do instead of what we have listed here.
We recommend broccoli, bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, and asparagus as fantastic options to swap with the vegetables in this recipe.
25. Kielbasa Bacon Bombs
This dish combines three of our favorite things: kielbasa, bacon, and cheese. Slice open the kielbasa, stuff it with cheese, wrap the whole thing in bacon, and then throw on the grill for a delicious dish worth sharing with everyone.
The secret ingredient here is cheese, as it adds flavor and provides a way to experiment with ingredients.
If you want to try something different, try different cheeses, or add green onions and green chilies to your cheese mix for a little extra added flavor.
25 Easy Kielbasa Recipes
Kielbasa, Pepper, Onion And Potato Hash
- 14 ounces of turkey kielbasa
- 1 onion
- 1 green pepper
- ½ yellow, orange, or red bell pepper
- 2 large potatoes
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Grab a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat, then cook potatoes until they are golden brown.
- In a separate skillet, cook kielbasa until brown then remove and set aside.
- Throw peppers and onions in the skillet and cook until soft.
- Throw kielbasa and potatoes into a skillet with onions and peppers, mix, then serve.