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Polish kielbasa is a flavorful sausage made with pork seasoned and smoked to perfection. It is great grilled, baked, sauteed, or boiled—you really can’t go wrong when you start with a high quality kielbasa!

One of the defining flavors of most kielbasa, including Polish kielbasa from Coleman Natural, is garlic. Garlic is pungent without being overpowering, and the same is true of kielbasa itself. This sausage is just spiced enough—never bland, but never so strong you can’t taste whatever you’re eating it with.

Kielbasa is one of our favorite kinds of sausage because it goes well with just about anything, but knowing how to pair it with complementary foods will be a game changer in your kitchen. Here are delicious Polish kielbasa recipes and the best ways to pair this sausage for meals your family won’t stop asking for.

Sliced Kielbasa Reuben

Sour Foods

Sauerkraut is the obvious first choice for a lot of people when smoky kielbasa is on the menu. This is the traditional combination, but these flavors also just go well together. The saltiness from the sausage and sourness from the fermented cabbage complement each other beautifully.

Sour foods often enhance salty foods. Just think about a few popular dishes that combine salty and sour ingredients: French fries and malt vinegar, salted tortilla chips and tangy salsa, and even aged cheese and dry wine!

If you do want to go with tried-and-true Polish kielbasa and sauerkraut, you won’t be disappointed with this Kielbasa and Sauerkraut Reuben recipe. Or, give our easy Slow Cooker Polish Sausage and Cabbage recipe a try and substitute some of the cabbage for sauerkraut for a fun twist.

Other sour and/or fermented foods work with kielbasa in the same way. Pair this sausage with citrus, vinegar, yogurt, kimchi, tamarind, or any other sour ingredient you love. You’ll love how the sour flavors in this Sourdough Stuffing With Kielbasa, Pine Nuts and Currants recipe taste with our all-natural kielbasa!

Kielbasa with Stuffing in a Dish

Spicy Ingredients

You can’t go wrong pairing bold ingredients with other bold ingredients to create interesting dishes that explode with flavor. This is why we can’t get enough of spicy dishes with kielbasa.

Kielbasa can bring complexity to foods that are already strongly flavored and hot. Because kielbasa isn’t spicy itself, it can carry a lot of heat. If you don’t like things very spicy, you can add kielbasa to a dish to bring out other flavors and boost ingredients that might otherwise be covered.

This Teriyaki Chili Kielbasa with Pineapple recipe might be spicy enough for you as written, but you can crank up the heat by adding more chili garlic sauce or even sriracha. Chiles Rellenos with Kielbasa and Quinoa combines kielbasa with mildly spicy poblano peppers and can be made hotter with more chipotles or the addition of fresh Mexican chili peppers.

There are so many different ways to cook kielbasa, but smoky grilled kielbasa is our favorite pairing for spicy dishes. It only takes a few minutes to grill kielbasa to perfection.

Kielbasa with tongs on a grill

Fresh Produce

Kielbasa gets along well with the bright and fresh flavors of fruit and vegetables because its savory flavor brings balance to one-note dishes.

You can instantly enhance the flavor of just about any fruit or veggie with salty kielbasa. Seasonal produce is always tastiest. Experiment with kielbasa and fresh ingredients all year long using whatever is available near you.

This Kielbasa Pasta Salad With Lemon Basil Dressing is a must-try for when you want something light but still filling. It’s great for barbecues and picnics and can be eaten chilled, at room temperature, or warmed.

If you have some fresh asparagus on hand, put it to use in this filling Fingerling Potato Salad with Grilled Asparagus and Kielbasa recipe – a guaranteed crowd-pleaser!

We recommend lightly browning kielbasa for recipes that use fresh produce. This will ensure a juicy sausage without charring, which might overpower delicate vegetables.

mixing kielbasa and potatoes


Classic Dishes and Comfort Food

Last but certainly not least, Polish kielbasa is mouthwateringly good in classic and comforting dishes. Kielbasa brings a familiar meaty flavor that won’t take away from a meal that already works.

Any predominantly umami dish is going to sing when you add kielbasa to the mix. Umami is one of the five basic tastes, in addition to sweet, sour, bitter, and salty, and has often been described as savory. Common ingredients with umami flavors include tomato, cheese, grains, beans, mushrooms, and other products with the flavor enhancer monosodium glutamate. Savory kielbasa rounds these flavors out and brings them to the next level.

Just a few classic meals that you need to try with kielbasa are:

For these kielbasa recipes, try simmering your sausage with other ingredients to really infuse its flavors into the dish. For example, add the kielbasa to the jambalaya with the tomatoes, broth, and seasonings just before boiling. When making kielbasa shakshuka, try sauteing the kielbasa with the onions to save time, and get those golden brown bits and pork flavor into every layer of the dish.

kielbasa shakshuka from above

Coleman Natural Polish Kielbasa

Polish kielbasa made with fully-cooked pork is a tasty and adaptable ingredient that you can feel good about feeding your family. Coleman Natural uncured Polish kielbasa is seasoned with sea salt, honey, cane sugar, vinegar, and spices for balanced flavor in every bite. It is made from pork sourced from American family farms that never give their animals antibiotics or added hormones at any point during their life.

The next time you want to make dinner more interesting, give our kielbasa a try. And check out more recipes and cooking tips from Coleman Natural.