This Air Fryer Kielbasa is a delicious addition to any meal! You can make this Polish sausage in the air fryer in less than 15 minutes to serve with dipping sauces or as part of a larger meal.
Polish Sausage in the Air Fryer
Do you love kielbasa? Air fryers are the perfect way to cook this delicious sausage. Kielbasa is a Polish sausage that is made with pork and beef. It is smoked and then cooked. Cooking kielbasa in the air fryer gives it a nice crispy crust while keeping the inside moist and juicy. This post will show you how to make air fryer kielbasa. Let’s get started!
Cooks looking for a healthier take on kielbasa need look no further than the air fryer. Choosing to air fry kielbasa gives it a crispy outer coating with minimal fat content. Best of all, this dish is easy to prepare and can be customized to fit any palate. Try serving kielbasa with your favorite sides for a quick and delicious meal.
This is such an easy, no-fuss way to air fry kielbasa. I love the taste of roasted sausage, and it is an easy recipe to make in the air fryer. Air Fryer Kielbasa is a quick and easy meal. And it’s delicious!
Why You Will Love This Kielbasa Air Fryer Recipe
- Provides a crispy crust with a moist and juicy inside
- Cooks in under 15 minutes
- Can be served alone or as part of a dish
- So easy in the air fryer!
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.
Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Kielbasa
Part of what makes this kielbasa air fryer recipe so lovely is you only need 2 things! To make kielbasa in the air fryer you only need:
- Packaged Kielbasa
- Air Fryer
How To Make Whole Air Fryer Kielbasa
Step 1: Preheat Air Fryer
Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees F for about 5 minutes, air fryer setting.
Step 2: Air Fry Kielbasa
Then, place your Polish sausage in the air fryer basket. Set the time to 8 minutes, then use a pair of tongs or a fork, flip the kielbasa, and air fry for another 4 minutes.
How To Make Kielbasa Slices In the Air Fryer
Step 1: Slice Kielbasa
Cut your kielbasa into 1 to 2-inch pieces.
Step 2: Preheat Air Fryer
Then, preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees F for about 5 minutes, air fryer setting.
Step 3: Air Fry Slices
Spread your sliced kielbasa out in the air fryer basket. Set the time to 6 to 8 minutes, shaking the basket frequently during the cooking process.
- Don’t skip preheating: The best advice is to preheat your air fryer, as it creates a great sear when you place the sausage into the air fryer, sealing the juices into the kielbasa.
- Allow the kielbasa to rest: After you air fry kielbasa, let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes so the juices don’t burst out as soon as you cut into the sausage.
- Be sure to flip: Depending on what air fryer you are using, it’s best to flip the kielbasa halfway during the cooking process so both sides cook to perfection.
How To Cook Frozen Kielbasa In Air Fryer
This kielbasa air fryer recipe works for frozen sausage too! Place the frozen kielbasa into the air fryer basket, and set the temperature to 390 degrees F using the air fryer setting.
Cook for 10 to 12 minutes. Be sure to flip your frozen air fryer kielbasa halfway during the cooking process to cook it evenly.
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.
Because the pieces are much smaller, sliced kielbasa will take a few minutes less than the whole kielbasa. I recommend cooking a sliced kielbasa air fryer dish for no more than 8 minutes.
What Are The Best Polish Sausage Brands (Kielabasa Brands)
- Hillshire Farm
- Boar’s Head
- Whole Foods 365
- Dietz & Watson
What Do You Serve with Kielbasa?
I usually serve air fryer pierogies. They are so good, and my kids love them. But other serving suggestions include:
- Mashed Potatoes
- Sweet Potatoes
- Roasted Potatoes
Can I Slice My Kielbasa Into Slices?
Of course! Slicing the kielbasa makes it cook faster and is ideal for adding it to sheet pan or skillet dishes. Personally, I prefer to keep it in large pieces and serve my kielbasa air fryer sausage like a traditional sausage link.
What Are Some Dipping Sauces For Keilabsa?
Kielbasa can be served with anything. My favorites are:
- Honey Dijon Mustard
- Horseradish Dip
- Spicy Buffalo Sauce
- Barbecue Dip
- Creamy Mustard Dip
Can I Prepare This In The Oven?
Yes! This is an option for sheet pan meals as well. Simply add it to the pan with your veggies and cook until the sausage is warmed through and your chosen vegetables are tender crisp.
To roast kielbasa rather than air frying it, place it on a baking tray and cook for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees F.
How To Store And How To Reheat
Let any leftovers cool to room temperature, then place them in an airtight container. The kielbasa will keep in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days, and it tastes so good the next day!
Reheat the kielbasa in the air fryer at 340 degrees F until just warm.
More Air Fryer Recipes:
If you love my recipe for Polish sausage in the air fryer, here are more of my favorite dinner recipes.
- AIR FRYER SPINACH AND FETA CHEESE STUFFED CHICKEN BREAST
- AIR FRYER CHICKEN PARMESAN MEATBALLS
- AIR FRYER CHICKEN FRITTERS
- EASY AIR FRYER BUFFALO CHICKEN PULL-APART BREAD
- AIR FRYER COCA COLA WINGS
- AIR FRYER COBB SALAD
Air Fryer Kielbasa
- 1 package kielbasa, any brand
- Preheat the air fryer, to 350 degrees F, for about 5 minutes, air fryer setting.
- Then, place your kielbasa in the air fryer basket.
- Set the time to 8 minutes, then use a pair of tongs or a fork, flip the kielbasa, and air fry for another 4 minutes.
- Rest before serving.
- Air Fryer