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Air Fryer Kielbasa

Another quick air fryer dinner idea for you: Air Fryer Kielbasa!

Pop kielbasa sausages into the air fryer for about 7-8 minutes. Once they're done, you can assemble them into delicious kielbasa sandwiches and enjoy! Or make sliced kielbasa bites as a snack or appetizer.

Either way, you'll love how easy it is to cook kielbasa in the air fryer and how juicy and flavorful it comes out!

Kielbasa sandwich and air fried kielbasa on a plate with mustard for dipping
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Air fryer kielbasa sausages

We're big fans of any kind of sausage, whether it's kielbasa, bratwurst, or Italian sausages. I've pan-fried them, roasted them, made soup with them—you name it and I've cooked it. And my favorite way to cook kielbasa is in the air fryer... by far!

The benefits of cooking kielbasa in an air fryer are:

  • Super quick. 8 minutes!!
  • Very hands-off—just flip the sausages sometime halfway through.
  • You get the juiciest kielbasa!
  • So much of the grease drips off as the kielbasa cooks. Not a health food by any means, but a little less fat is always a good thing.
  • You can cook it as a whole sausage link or slice into small pieces first, or cook both at the same time, it's up to you!
Close up of sliced kielbasa and whole kielbasa sausage on a plate

More quick and easy air fryer snacks: Air Fryer Hot Pockets

What to make with kielbasa

Kielbasa is so versatile! We love eating whole kielbasa for dinner with side dishes (see ideas for what to serve with kielbasa below). But here are a few ways to use kielbasa in creative ways:

Kielbasa sauerkraut sandwiches

Get an Italian sub roll, smear some spicy brown mustard on the inside, add your cooked kielbasa, and a generous pinch of sauerkraut. Pop it in the air fryer and toast for 1-2 minutes, or until heated through. Enjoy!! If your sauerkraut is straight from the fridge, you'll want to heat it up a bit in the microwave otherwise it might not heat all the way through. This is kind of what I do with my air fryer Italian sausages—cook the sausage and then assemble it into a sandwich.

Plate with a kielbasa sandwich, sliced kielbasa, and whole kielbasa, all cooked in the air fryer

Kielbasa slices snack or appetizer

Air fryer kielbasa slices are amazing on their own, but you can make them even more irresistible by tossing them in this 2-ingredient sauce from my glazed kielbasa bites recipe. Enjoy the sweet & sour flavor combination!

Kielbasa slices with a serving pick and mustard for dipping

More quick and easy air fryer snacks: Air Fryer Bagel Bites

Add kielbasa to a stir fry

This kielbasa and cabbage stir fry is AMAZING if you use air fried kielbasa slices. You can get some of the grease that drips out of the kielbasa and use that to cook the onion and cabbage. So good!!

More sausage stir fry ideas: Chicken Sausage Stir Fry with Veggies

Kielbasa soup

Add chopped kielbasa to a soup. It would pair really well with a soup that has potatoes, cabbage, noodles, or beans. Add some greens, such as kale, spinach, or sorrel. Yum!

Kielbasa soup with potatoes and greens.

Add kielbasa to breakfast dishes

Add finely diced cooked kielbasa to mini quiches, frittatas, omelets, or scrambled eggs. The salty, savory kielbasa flavor goes so well with eggs!

Kielbasa fried rice

Add finely diced cooked kielbasa to your fried rice! For kielbasa fried rice, I use diced onions, frozen veggies (corn, peas, carrots), and a splash of soy sauce (not too much, since kielbasa is fairly salty).

Kielbasa slices on a plate with mustard

Air fryer instructions

Step 1: Decide if you want to cook a whole kielbasa or slice it up into ½-inch pieces. You can do also both at the same time, just arrange them on one pan! If cooking a whole kielbasa, pierce a few holes in it with a fork to prevent it from bursting. It will still split as it cooks, but won't explode.

Whole and sliced uncooked kielbasa on an air fryer tray

Step 2: Preheat air fryer to 375F.

Step 3: Place the kielbasa (whole or sliced, or both) in your air fryer tray or basket. Air fry at 375F for 7-8 minutes, or until cooked to your liking, flipping halfway through. Serve warm.

Cooked whole and sliced kielbasa on an air fryer tray

More Polish and Slavic-inspired recipes to try: Stuffed Cabbage

What to serve with kielbasa

I gave you a bunch of ideas for how to use kielbasa in other dishes, but if you want to enjoy kielbasa as the main dish, try this:

  • Grab some dill pickles and a bit of sauerkraut, as well as some spicy mustard.
  • Pair it with some potatoes. Any of these canned potato side dishes would be great! Potatoes + Slavic food go hand in hand.
  • Slice a few fresh tomatoes and cucumbers and season them with salt, add a few slices or raw onion if you are daring.

Dig in!

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Air fryer kielbasa sandwich, sliced kielbasa, and whole kielbasa on a plate
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Air Fryer Kielbasa

Cooking kielbasa in the air fryer makes the juiciest, most delicious kielbasa! Just 7 minutes of cook time, plus a few more minutes if you want to assemble kielbasa sandwiches... or see the notes below for more serving ideas.
Cook Time7 minutes
Total Time7 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Polish
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 4
Author: Kate

Ingredients

  • 1 lb kielbasa - or however much you want to cook
  • sandwich ingredients - (sub rolls, mustard, sauerkraut—see notes for tips)

Special equipment

Instructions

  • Decide if you want to cook a whole kielbasa or slice it up into ½-inch pieces. You can cook both at the same time! If cooking a whole kielbasa, pierce a few holes in it with a fork to prevent it from bursting. It will still split as it cooks, but won't explode.
    Whole and sliced uncooked kielbasa on an air fryer tray
  • Preheat air fryer to 375F.
  • Place the kielbasa (whole, sliced, or both) in your air fryer tray or basket. Air fry at 375F for 7-8 minutes, or until cooked to your liking, flipping halfway through. Serve warm.

Notes

To make a kielbasa sandwich: Get an Italian sub roll, smear spicy brown mustard on the inside, add the cooked kielbasa, and some sauerkraut. Pop it in the air fryer and toast for 1-2 minutes, or until heated through. Enjoy!! If your sauerkraut is straight from the fridge, you'll might want to heat it up a bit in the microwave first.
More serving ideas: Kielbasa appetizer, use for cabbage and kielbasa, in fried rice, or serve whole kielbasa as the main dish with roasted potatoes and your favorite veggie side dish.
Nutrition facts are estimated for a 4-oz serving of kielbasa, and will vary depending on the brand of kielbasa used. If making subs/sandwiches, I am able to get 2-3 subs from a pound of kielbasa, so the subs will have substantially more calories!

Nutrition

Calories: 370kcal (19%) | Carbohydrates: 2g (1%) | Protein: 16g (32%) | Fat: 33g (51%) | Saturated Fat: 12g (60%) | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 79mg (26%) | Sodium: 993mg (41%) | Potassium: 269mg (8%) | Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) | Calcium: 14mg (1%) | Iron: 2mg (11%)

The nutritional information displayed is an estimate and not to be used as dietary or nutritional advice. Consult a nutritionist or dietician for nutritional info based on the exact ingredients you use.

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jessica

Tuesday 20th of June 2023

What kind of kielbasa is your favorite for this recipe? Thanks

Kate

Monday 26th of June 2023

We are lucky to have a lot of Polish delis in my town so I get mine from there. But I've gotten Hillshire Farm and we've devoured that kielbasa too :)

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