Making air fryer kielbasa is a quick and easy way to make Polish sausage, whether you’re eating it as an appetizer or as a main dish for dinner. Cooking kielbasa in an air fryer is a great meal idea, plus it can also be gluten-free, low carb, and keto friendly, depending on which brand you purchase.
WHAT IS KIELBASA?
Kielbasa is simply another term for Polish sausage. It is characterized as a long thick sausage.
Traditional kielbasa is made from pork, but in the United States, you have a combination of turkey, pork, or beef, or you can buy one of each. Beef, turkey, and pork kielbasa are also available. It is one of the most iconic foods Americans routinely eat of Polish roots. In the United States, it is usually manufactured in a U-shaped form. You can easily find it in the same aisle near the hot dogs and bacon in any American grocery store.
Kielbasa is different than sausage as it has a different texture. Typically it is seasoned with garlic and pepper, but this would depend on the brand you purchase. Most kielbasa in grocery stores is sold smoked or precooked.
Types of Kielbasa: Now, kielbasa is very flavorful, but, is high in sodium. If you are watching your salt intake, this is something to keep in mind. With that said, there are many options to chose from: Beef, chicken, turkey, Lite version, Andouille, cheddar and many more. Our favorite is turkey, but, these instructions will work for any of these. If you desire to purchase regular pre-cooked smoked sausage, that will also work.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
Quick and Easy: Gets ready in minutes and is an easy beginner friendly recipe.
Delicious: These are really good and tasty. They can be simply irresistible if you try them.
Family friendly: These smoked Kielbasa sausage finish off really fast. Kids and adults love it especially with scrabbled eggs and bacon if you’re feeling extra.
Versatile: Can be eaten on it’s own or served with a variety of side dishes. These can be paired with almost anything.
How To Make Air Fryer Kielbasa Recipe ?
- 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 14 oz kielbasa sausage
- ¼ cup ketchup
Slice the kielbasa sausage into ½ inch pieces.
Add the sausage pieces to the air fryer basket in a single layer.
Air fry at 380 degrees F for 5 minutes, then flip and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes.
To a skillet, add the ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar. Simmer over low heat, stirring frequently, until sauce is well combined and hot.
Add the kielbasa slices to the skillet and stir to coat in the sauce.
Plate and enjoy!
- Unless your air fryer specifically calls for it, you do not need to preheat your air fryer for to make the kielbasa.
- There is no need to spray your air fryer before adding the kielbasa. The fat in the kielbasa keeps it from sticking to the air fryer basket.
- For a bit of spice, you can always add a dash or two of Frank’s Red Hot to the sauce.
Can I Prepare This In The Oven?
Yes, add the kielbasa to a baking tray and cook for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees F.
What Are Some Dipping Sauces For Keilabsa?
- Honey Dijon Mustard
- Horseradish Dip
- Spicy Buffalo Sauce
- Barbecue Dip
- Creamy Mustard Dip
What Do You Serve with Kielbasa?
- Mashed Potatoes
- Sweet Potatoes
- Roasted Potatoes
What Are The Best Polish Sausage Brands (Kielabas)
- Hillshire Farm
- Boar’s Head
- Whole Foods 365
- Dietz & Watson
How Long Do You Cook Kielbasa In An Air Fryer?
The average time to cook kielbasa in the air fryer will be about 8 to 10 minutes. The sliced kielbasa will take a few minutes less than the whole kielbasa.