What to make with Kielbasa: 37 easy recipes with storage ideas

Learn what to make with kielbasa with this collection of delicious kielbasa recipes. This list is perfect for stocking up or using up this flavorful type of sausage. From breakfast to dinner, you’ll find a dish that’s perfect for your needs.

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Kielbasa Recipes

We love kielbasa in our house. It’s flavorful and easy meat to store and prepare.

What is kielbasa? It’s a type of sausage from Poland. In America, it usually refers to a coarse smoked sausage that is typically sold in a U-shape. It can come in several varieties and meats.

This meat cooks quickly, so it is great for weeknight meals. You can easily toss it in a large skillet or on a sheet pan. It is also great in soups and breakfast dishes.

Choose an easy kielbasa recipe from this collection for a busy weeknight or some tasty appetizers. You’ll find a delicious recipe that the whole family will love!

Common questions

What is the difference between kielbasa and sausage?

Compared to traditional sausage, this Polish sausage has a strong garlic taste. Pair that with other distinct flavors of cloves, pimentos, marjoram, and smoke, kielbasa has a flavor that is unique from other sausages.

Can you eat kielbasa without cooking it?

In the United States, kielbasa is usually sold pre-cooked, so it can be eaten cold. Always check the packaging before assuming. However, it tastes much better when it is heated up.

Can you freeze kielbasa?

Kielbasa freezes very well. Here are some tips to maintain as much flavor as possible.

  • If you purchase it in a vacuum-sealed package, you can freeze it as-is for about a month. After that you may want to add it to a freezer bag for additional protection.
  • When your sausage is not in its original packaging, make sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap before placing them in a freezer bag.

How long can you freeze Polish sausage?

You can freeze kielbasa for up to 6 months!

How long can you keep kielbasa in the fridge?

  • An unopened, vacuum-sealed, packagage can stay fresh in a refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.
  • If you have opened the package, it will stay good for up to 2 weeks.

Always make sure to check your meat before using it and discard it if it has developed a bad smell or slimy texture.

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Each recipe idea will tell you:

  • Type of recipe
  • Number of ingredients
  • How much kielbasa you will need
  • The complexity of ingredients (aka, whether or not you might need to hit the grocery store first)
  • How long it takes to prepare (including cook time)
  • Special diet (Keto, Gluten-free, etc)

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What to make with kielbasa

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Ingredients that work well with this Polish sausage

These ingredients will pop up in a lot of the recipes below. So if you have them on hand, you will be able to find more ideas to make.

  • cabbage
  • baby red potatoes
  • sweet potatoes
  • yellow and green peppers
  • sweet bell peppers
  • green beans
  • baby spinach
  • fresh parsley
  • white rice
  • hash browns
  • sauerkraut
  • cheddar cheese
  • cream cheese
  • sour cream
  • parmesan cheese
  • tomato paste
  • chicken broth
  • Italian seasoning
  • red pepper flakes
  • cayenne pepper
  • white wine

Kielbasa Sausage Recipes

Our goal is to help you find a new dish with the ingredients you already have.

Each of these kielbasa recipes will give you some important information so that you can pick the best idea for your family.

Check out the blogger that published each dish to use their tips and get the full recipe.

Note: pantry ingredients include dry ingredient pantry staples like olive oil, all-purpose flour, brown sugar, corn starch, salt, black pepper, spices, etc.

Please check the recipe to make sure that you have the ingredients needed to create the dish. If you are making gluten-free recipes, it may include things like almond flour and other common gluten-free pantry items

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