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Easy Kielbasa Appetizer

This super easy kielbasa appetizer is made with just 3 main ingredients and can be made in about 10 minutes. An AMAZING party appetizer, perfect for game day, barbecues, picnics, potlucks, or easy snacking. 

kielbasa bite on a fork

Kielbasa appetizer

These kielbasa bites are my go-to appetizer recipe whenever I get invited to someone's house and feel like I have to bring something. They are SO GOOD, with a little of that sweet and salty flavor combination, and SO SNACKABLE because they are bite-sized and fun to eat.

kielbasa appetizer

More EASY appetizers and snacks: Air Fryer Bagel Bites

Sauce for kielbasa bites

The sauce for this kielbasa appetizer is made from 2 simple main ingredients: peach preserves and chili paste. There's no need to go super fancy with the peach preserves, these peach preserves from Smuckers will do. (I use the same preserves for these Peach Glazed Meatballs Appetizer).

As for chili paste, I highly recommend the Thai Kitchen one (get it here) because I can vouch for it being flavorful, tasty, and not too spicy. It adds a nice flavor and warmth, but doesn't burn your mouth with spice.

I use the same red chili paste in this chicken and vegetable stir fry sauce, and it's so good!! So don't be afraid to get a jar because you'll definitely use it in more recipes.

Another option to give this kielbasa appetizer some heat is to add in some spicy jelly, such as this hot pepper jelly.

peach preserves and chili paste

If you are feeling fancy and you have Worcestershire sauce on hand, you can add a tablespoon of that too, for just a little extra umami, but it is not necessary. Get Worcestershire sauce here.

worcestershire sauce for kielbasa bites

I used ¾ cup peach preserves and 2 tablespoons of chili paste for this recipe, but you can certainly use more chili paste, or stir in red pepper flakes if you want more spice.

If you don't have peach preserves on hand, you can use grape jelly, apricot jelly, or apricot preserves. I wouldn't recommend strawberry jam or blueberry preserves, I feel like that would be super weird... but if you try that, please let me know!

You can mix the sauce for these kielbasa bites right in the saucepan where you'll be cooking the kielbasa, so this easy appetizer recipe requires minimal prep and clean up.

Save any extra sauce for dipping!

chili peach sauce for kielbasa bites

Kielbasa - the main ingredient

For this recipe, make sure you have cooked kielbasa, since the recipe only requires about 5 minutes of cooking time - just enough to heat up the kielbasa and coat it in the sauce, but not enough to cook meat. So make sure the packaging says that the kielbasa is fully cooked - avoid "fresh kielbasa" because that is typically uncooked.

You can use beef or pork kielbasa, any kind! Pre-cooked smoked sausage (such as Eckrich Smoked Sausage) would work too.

Related recipe: Air Fryer Kielbasa

Kielbasa bites as an appetizer or dinner

This easy kielbasa recipe is GREAT as an appetizer because it's so snackable and easy to eat with toothpicks. But it also make a great dinner recipe. The extra sauce can be spooned over rice and steamed or roasted vegetables, making it a complete meal. 

So make a double batch of these kielbasa bites - bring have to the party, and eat the other half the next day for an easy dinner!

kielbasa appetizer on toothpicks

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4.57 from 67 votes

Kielbasa Bites

This super easy kielbasa appetizer is made with just 3 main ingredients and can be made in about 10 minutes. An AMAZING party appetizer, perfect for game day, barbecues, picnics, potlucks, or easy snacking. 
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Polish
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 6 appetizer servings, or 3-4 main course servings
Author: Kate


Special equipment


  • In a medium saucepan, stir together the peach preserves, chili paste, and Worcestershire sauce, if using. Heat the sauce mixture over medium heat and add the sliced kielbasa.
  • Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until the kielbasa is heated through, stirring frequently to coat the kielbasa in the sauce.
  • Serve warm as an appetizer or part of your dinner. Use any extra sauce for dipping!


For a smokier flavor, try air frying kielbasa first, then tossing it with the sauce!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 330kcal (17%) | Carbohydrates: 22g (7%) | Protein: 11g (22%) | Fat: 22g (34%) | Saturated Fat: 8g (40%) | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 53mg (18%) | Sodium: 709mg (30%) | Potassium: 234mg (7%) | Fiber: 0.3g (1%) | Sugar: 14g (16%) | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 4mg (5%) | Calcium: 18mg (2%) | Iron: 1mg (6%)

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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Monday 4th of December 2023

Used orange instead of peach because I had that on hand…soooo delicious and kid approved. Served over rice and broccoli as a sausage bowl. Win!


Monday 4th of December 2023

Love this twist on the tried and true little smokies! Planning to make these for a holiday gathering. I’m going to add a little liquid smoke for that smokey flavor.


Monday 2nd of October 2023

Just wondering if it would be ok to sub the peach for orange marmalade… thoughts anyone?


Tuesday 3rd of October 2023

I think so!

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