Easy Fried Kielbasa and Cabbage Recipe

Quick and easy Kielbasa and Cabbage is a super flavorful dinner that’s fantastic for weeknight dinners. This authentic Polish Kielbasa recipe is one of my favorite dinners and is straight from my grandfather’s kitchen. You’re gonna love this simple dinner.

Overhead shot of kielbasa on a bed of fried cabbage on a white rectangular platter.

I’m sitting here watching the new season of American Idol and eating a pint of Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream.  What could be better than that? Well, for starters….it could not be Monday tomorrow. Monday is no fun because I don’t get to run around and do whatever I want all day long.  Wait, I don’t get to do that on the weekend either. LOL!  

But I have to cook dinner almost every night so Sunday night is spent planning my week out….what am I cooking for the blog…what am I making for breakfasts and what I’m feeding everyone for dinner….since they won’t eat leftover blog food. Yeah, they stink. So, this easy to make Fried Kielbassa and Cabbage is one of the BEST kielbasa recipes for dinner.

I lived most of my life growing up on Kielbasa and cabbage in some form or another since I come from a large Polish family.  It was like having hot dogs for dinner in a “normal” American home…..but our hot dogs were smoked sausages in the form of Polska Kielbasa….alongside a pile of the BEST EVER Potato Pierogis.

Fried Kielbasa on a white plate with fried cabbage and a platter with cabbage and kielbasa in the background.

What I love the most is the versatility in how to cook kielbasa….there really are no rules but my favorite way to cook kielbasa is to pan fry it…..in a lot of butter. It’s just amazingly dreamy that way.

What is Kielbasa?

Kielbasa is a type of meat sausage found commonly in Polish cuisine and is most often made of only pork. In American, kielbasa is usually a u-shaped sausage that’s smoked and, also, made of pork.

You can also purchase fresh Polish Kielbasa, or white kielbasa, which is not as smokey in flavor and does need to be boiled first to cook it through before pan frying, grilling or roasting.  You can also make your fresh kielbasa in the crock pot in a small bit of water.

Our favorite places to buy fresh kielbasa in the Philadelphia area are Swiacki Meats and Czerw’s Polish Kielbasa. They are the best…if you’re in the area be sure to check it out….if it’s Easter, be prepared to stand in line. For a long time. But it’s worth the wait…I promise!

Overhead shot of fried cabbage and kielbasa on a white platter.

How do you cook kielbasa?

Whether you buy fresh kielbasa or smoked kielbasa, kielbasa is super easy to cook. You can pan fry it, roast it, boil it or grill it.  We even make kielbasa in the slow cooker for parties!

To pan fry kielbasa:

  1. Cut your kielbasa into serving sized pieces approximately 4-5 inches long. I like to score the sides of the kiebasa so they cook quickly.
  2. Melt 1-2 tablespoons butter in a skillet.
  3. Add the kielbasa to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Flip the kielbasa and continue to cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately with your fried cabbage.

To Roast kielbasa:

  1. Cut your kielbasa into serving sized pieces and arrange on a baking sheet.
  2. Bake the kielbasa in the oven at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.
  3. Serve your baked kielbasa with fried cabbage, if desired.

To make your Kielbasa in the slow cooker:

  1. Place your kielbasa in the slow cooker either whole or cut into pieces.
  2. Add 1 cup of water and cover.
  3. Cook your kielbasa for 3-4 hours on high.
  4. Serve with fried cabbage, if desired.

Seriously….have you ever seen an easier dinner recipe. Ever. With that much flavor?

If you don’t want to make the fried cabbage, we also love this Kielbasa with sauerkraut….making it even easier to get on the table. 

Fried Kielbasa with cabbage on a white plate.

What else can you serve with kielbasa?

My favorite side dishes to serve alongside kielbasa are equally easy….try these reader favorites:

Warm German Potato Salad in a white bowl with a copper spoon on a blue background from TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

Want even more super speedy dinner recipes? Try these family favorites:

Sheet Pan Sausage and Peppers | TheSuburbanSoapbox.com recipe

So, that’s it….there’s a little piece of my childhood that you can bite into any night of the week.  This Polish Kielbasa recipe is fast…it’s easy….and you’re going to crave it every single week.

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Easy Fried Kielbasa and Cabbage Recipe

Quick and easy, 10 minute Fried Kielbasa and Cabbage Recipe is a quick weeknight dinner that's loaded with flavor.
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner, lunch
Cuisine American, Polish
Servings 6
Calories 269 kcal


  • 1 lb smoked kielbasa cut into 4 inch long pieces and scored
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups fried cabbage


  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the kielbasa to the pan and fry for 3-4 minutes.
  • Flip the kielbasa over and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until golden brown and heated through.
  • Serve the kielbasa with the fried cabbage.


Calories: 269kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 10gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 683mgPotassium: 218mgFiber: 0gSugar: 0gVitamin A: 80IUVitamin C: 9.3mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1.2mg
Keyword kielbasa, sausage
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2 comments on “Easy Fried Kielbasa and Cabbage Recipe”

  1. Tried this last night. Simple and delicious! Comfort food at its best.

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