Learn how to cook kielbasa in an air fryer! These delicious kielbasa slices are quick and easy to make. In fact, the only hard work here is slicing the polish sausages before you cook them in the air fryer.
Can you cook kielbasa in the air fryer
You are missing out on a lot if you are yet to cook kielbasa in your fryer. The process is very easy and perfect on a night you don't want to spend ages in the kitchen cooking for your family or yourself. It also cooks pretty quickly and the flavor and texture are better if cooked in the air fryer.
kielbasa which is also known as Polish sausage is a versatile ingredient that can be enjoyed in many ways. In case you have never tried it before or you are wondering how to cook it also serve it then here are a few ideas to get you started
- Slice it up and serve it as an appetizer with your favorite dipping sauce, that said personally I love to serve it with honey mustard sauce. It is the best and only dipping sauce for it if you ask me.
- Use it as a topping for pizza or flatbread.
- Add it to a stir-fry with your favorite vegetables, kielbasa, and cabbage are like a match made in heaven.
- Make kielbasa pasta, the same way you would make chorizo and chicken pasta or even rice.
- Use it in place andouille if a recipe calls for it.
- Make a sandwich with sliced kielbasa, cheese, and your favorite condiments.
- Serve it alongside mashed potatoes, and grilled or roasted vegetables for a complete meal.
This is a quick and almost one-ingredient recipe so let's get to it
What you will need
Kielbasa: any type of smoked polish sausage will work here, there are a few variations out there, the one I am using today is a combination of pork and chicken meat.
Olive oil: this is completely optional as you can cook kielbasa without any additional oil. However, I like to use about ½-1 tablespoon on the sausage as it gives it a great and shiny finish.
How to cook kielbasa in the air fryer
This first step is optional: remove the sausage casing if you prefer a better texture when you are eating it. That said most kielbasa casings are easily digestible and not hard to chew.
Preheat the air fryer to 190C/385F for 3 minutes.
Using a sharp knife slice your Polish sausage into rounds or at a bias to about 5mm thickness.
Transfer the sausages to a bowl, drizzle the olive oil on the top then toss to combine.
Arrange the sliced kielbasa in the preheated air fryer.
Cook for a total of 8-9 minutes until piping hot and slightly caramelized flipping them or shaking the basket halfway through.
Use a slotted spoon to remove it from the air fryer basket and transfer it to a plate (save and use the air fryer drippings in other dishes). Let it cool slightly before serving it. Enjoy!
How long to cook kielbasa in the air fryer
Depending on whether you choose to cook a whole kielbasa or slices, air frying can transform the flavor and texture of this sausage. Kielbasas are already cooked, however, adding this extra step will take your dish to another level!
Typically, it will cook in the air fryer for 8-9 minutes at 190C/385F.
- If you would be cooking the sausages in batches, you may need to reduce the cooking time of the next batch as the residual heat from the air fryer would make it cook faster than the first batch.
- It ok if the sausages overlap a bit when air frying them just make sure to shake the basket a few times to allow for proper air circulation and even cooking. That said, avoid overfilling the air fryer basket. I reckon you can fit up to 450g (1 pound) of sliced kielbasa in a square 5.5l air fryer basket at once. They do shrink a bit as they cook, so bear this in mind when adding them to the basket.
- It is also important to make sure that you have preheated your air fryer for a few minutes before adding the sausages, this will help achieve a crispy texture on the outside.
- If you like your sausages extra crispy then cook it longer than specified in this recipe
How to store
I would be surprised if you have any leftovers, but if you do store them in an airtight container or bag in the fridge and consume within 1-2 days.
Watch how to make it
More air fryer recipes you should try next
- Air fryer turkey steaks
- Air fryer frozen fish fillets
- Air fryer salmon bites
- Air fryer frozen tilapia
- Air fryer potato wedges
- Air fryer garlic bread
- Air fryer roasted potatoes
- Air fryer lemon pepper wings
- Air fryer bacon
Air Fryer Kielbasa (Polish Sausage)
- 1 pound kielbasa
- ½ Tablespoon olive oil
- Preheat the air fryer at 190C/385F for 3 minutes.
- Using a sharp knife, slice your Polish sausage into rounds or at a bias to about 5mm thickness.
- Transfer the sausages to a bowl, drizzle the olive oil on the top them toss to combine.
- Arrange the sliced kielbasa in the preheated air fryer.
- Cook for a total of 8-9 minutes until piping hot and slightly caramelized flipping them or shaking the basket halfway through.
- Use a slotted spoon to remove it from the air fryer basket and transfer it to a plate (save and use the air fryer drippings in other dishes). Let it cool slightly before serving it. Enjoy!
Nutritional data: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients and brands you use. Under no circumstances will thedinnerbite.com be responsible for any loss or damage resulting for your reliance on nutritional information.
And there you have it, a simple and delicious air fryer recipe you can make at home in 15 minutes. As always, if you made this recipe, I would love to hear from you! Kindly rate the recipe 5 star and leave me feedback in the comment section below. Tag me @thedinnerbite on Instagram and save it away to your Pinterest. Please subscribe to the blog if you haven’t for free new recipes in your inbox