How to Cook Polish Kielbasa

Polish kielbasa, a traditional sausage commonly made in Poland with the choicest cuts of pork, beef and veal, can be prepared in a variety of ways. In the United States, cooks most often pan-fry, bake or grill the sausage, although cooking in the microwave is also an option. Many different types of Polish kielbasa exist, and all of them require similar preparation. Serve cooked kielbasa with sauerkraut, or add it to casseroles, soups or stews.

Things You'll Need

  • Large skillet

  • Baking dish

  • Vegetable oil or shortening

  • Aluminum foil

  • Microwave-safe plate

  • Plastic wrap

Pan-Fried Kielbasa

Step 1

Cut the Polish kielbasa into four- to six-inch pieces. Arrange the sausage pieces in a large skillet, and place on the stove over medium heat.

Step 2

Fill the pan with enough water to cover the sausages about halfway. Simmer for about 10 minutes, or until most of the water evaporates and the sausage browns on one side.

Step 3

Turn the kielbasa and brown the other side, which should take another five to 10 minutes over medium heat. Remove from the pan and serve when both sides are browned.

Baked Kielbasa

Step 1

Grease a baking dish large enough to hold the sausage with vegetable oil or shortening. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Arrange the Polish kielbasa in the bottom of the prepared baking dish, and cover with aluminum foil. Place in the oven, and bake for two hours.

Step 3

Remove the dish from the oven, and take off the aluminum foil. Place the dish back in the oven, uncovered, and bake an additional 30 minutes. Serve.

Microwaved Kielbasa

Step 1

Cut the Polish kielbasa into four- to six-inch pieces. Arrange the sausage pieces on a microwave-safe plate in a circular fashion.

Step 2

Sprinkle the sausages with two tablespoons of water, and cover the dish tightly with plastic wrap. Cut two slits two inches wide in the top of the plastic wrap to allow steam to escape during cooking.

Step 3

Microwave on high power for three minutes. Remove the plate from the microwave, peel away the plastic wrap and turn the sausages.

Step 4

Cover the plate again with the plastic wrap, return to the microwave, and cook for another two to three minutes, or until the sausages are done and heated through.


Microwave cooking times will vary depending on your microwave oven. You may need to cook a bit longer to thoroughly cook the sausages.

Grill Polish kielbasa sausages by placing on a preheated grill over medium heat. Cook for 14 to 17 minutes, turning frequently until all sides are browned.