Polish sausage is a traditional and one of the most delicious meals made in Poland and it has many variations. Native people call it “Kielbasa”, which means sausage and we will show you how to cook Polish sausage here.
“Kielbasa” is made from pork, chicken, lamb, or veal, and in some rare cases blend. It can be made from different variations of meat mentioned above and it can also be smoked, cured, or fresh itself.
Fresh Kielbasa: It’s raw and white, and needs boiling to be consumed.
Smoked Kielbasa: Can be consumed without cooking/heating, only needs 3-4 minutes of frying or boiling to be consumed.
Dried Kielbasa: It can be eaten directly without any cooking procedures.
How to Cook Fresh Polish Sausage
As you see depending on which meat/meats you choose can lead you to many variations of polish sausage and that is one of the reasons it’s well known in the whole world.
Sausage is one of the most important dishes in Polish cuisine and it holds a special place in the country. There are many variations like we’ve already mentioned and we will go through some of them.
Kabanos – Originally made with pork, dry sausage with caraway seed also known as Persian cumin.
Kielbasa Odesskie – Made with beef.
Krakowska – Straight sausage hot-smoked in several peppers and garlic, the origin of the name comes from the city Krakow.
‘Weselna’-also known as wedding sausage is medium sick, u-shaped smoked sausage;
‘Kaszanka’-traditional blood sausage or black pudding.
Take note that these aren’t all variations of polish sausage, there are many more.
Polish sausage has its variations around the whole world. In Ukraine, it’s known as “Kovbasa.” In Ukraine people usually serve it fried with onions. They also eat it with mustard and eggs or simply sliced on rye bread.
Hungary is also one of the countries, who has a tradition of cooking sausages. “Kolbasz” is what Hungarians call it. Hungary is well-known in the world for its’ variety of peppers and they for sure know how to use it in making a delicious sausage.
The most popular versions are smoked sausage with peppers and tomatoes. Kolbasz is the type of dish that Hungarians always eat during a party or gathering.
The US is definitely one of the countries in the world that have picked up Polish cuisine culture and transferred it in the best way in the USA market.
Chicago’s Maxwell Street Polish and Cleveland’s Polish Boy are some of the most iconic places to eat. Smoked variety is more frequently found, but you can also buy other variations particularly in areas with large Polish populations.
Austria and Germany are also good at making meat products and especially sausages. Germany is especially known in the whole world, because of its meat products and beer.
Cooking Polish Sausage
People nowadays in Europe and the USA have fallen in love with Polish sausage and most of them want to prepare it themselves.
Usually, when you buy “Kielbasa” in other countries, it’s already cooked, so you don’t have to spend time cooking it. Now we will teach you how to cook several variations of Polish sausage.
Here’s how to cook raw Polish sausage in oven:
- Fill a big bowl with water. Put salt in the water, so the sausage maintains its taste. You can also put bay leaves and garlic cloves in the water, which is totally optional depending on your taste.
- Place the sausages in the water and boil them on high heat.
- Put the heat down moderately and let the sausage simmer for approximately 24-32 minutes without the cover.
- Serve it. You can add crispness by roasting or grilling it, which is totally up to you.
How to Cook Smoked Polish Sausage
There are several variations of smoked Polish sausage and sauerkraut and we will go through them all.
- Fry on the stove
- Cut the sausage in half
- Warm up the little amount of canola oil in a frying pan or skillet
- Put the sausages there
- Fry them until golden
Roast in the Oven
- Preheat the oven to 180 Celsius/350 Fahrenheit
- Place the sausage inside
- Bake uncovered for 15 minutes, turning them every 5 minutes
- Serve after resting for a few minutes
Cook on the Grill
- Prepare the grill
- Place the sausage on the grill for 6 minutes
- Turn the kielbasa over for another 5-6 minutes
- Rest for 4-5 minutes
- Serve and enjoy your meal
These are the basics of cooking Polish sausage. Now I will show you amazing variations of dishes, where Kielbasa is used.
1. Slow Cooker Polish Sausage and Cabbage Soup
This soup uses browned kielbasa, with onion and cabbage, along with potatoes and broth. Caraway seeds and tomatoes are optional.
2. Chicken Bog
This is an American variation of a dish, which is made from a Polish sausage. Tender chicken, rice, and kielbasa connect to each other in this beautiful dish.
Smoked Kielbasa adds a special flavor to the hearty southern stew, which originates from South Carolina. You can add a few veggies and serve as a complete meal or serve with a light salad.
Bean Stew with sausage, butternut squash, and apples. This amazing dish is even more delicious in autumn.
Sausage, butternut squash, apples, and tomato for a stew is a combination, which you will remember forever. How do you want to cook the beans that are up to you, but remember they should be spicy.
3. Polish American Breakfast Skillet
This one is a classic for a reason. Polish sausage, eggs, bell pepper, and potatoes make together a real spicy breakfast, which can easily be turned into a dinner sometime.
4. Sausage and Potato Soup
This creamy potato soup gets its flavor from a smoked Kielbasa. Kielbasa comes in combination with its spiciness and potato to deliver a really good hangover medicine.
Don’t forget the crusty bread for the best taste.