How to Cook Polish Sausage: The 5 Best Methods


Do you love Polish Sausage? If yes, do you know How to Cook Polish Sausage correctly?

It was last year that I was introduced to the delicious polish sausage. A friend made me try the grilled variety at a barbecue, and I was immediately hooked! It was so flavorful, and the first thing that came to mind was how many great dishes I can make with it!

Since then, polish sausage would be a constant in barbecues and potlucks. I’ve also done breakfast and dinner meals with it! Below, let me show you five different ways of cooking polish sausage, and provide some tips and tricks on how to make the dish more delicious.

Good luck!


What is Polish Sausage?


Before we begin with the list, let me first give you an idea of the origins and types of polish sausage.

Also known as kielbasa, Polish sausage originated from modern-day Poland and Ukraine. They have a lot of different varieties--they’re usually either sold fresh or smoked, with different ingredients like beef, pork, chicken, lamb, veal, and turkey.

What’s commonly available in the United States--and one of the more popular types of kielbasa--is called kielbasa <“polish sausage”>, which is made of pork, and available in both fresh and precooked varieties. This is what we’ll be concentrating on in this article! 

How to Cook Polish Sausage: 5 Different Ways


* Get an Amazing Smoky Taste by Grilling.

You will need about 8-10 minutes when cooking pre-cooked polish sausages. Just add them whole to the grill, and turn them every two minutes or so to make sure that they don’t burn. I usually serve this with other grilled meats and vegetables like

If you’re grilling fresh\sausages, the cooking time is about 40-45 minutes. The process is pretty much the same, however--turn the sausages every few seconds to make sure that they cook evenly, and take them out when they start to get a lightly charred color.

Another option is to grill the sausages on medium heat for about 5-6 minutes <turning frequently>, and then finishing them off in the oven for about 8-10 minutes at 350F. This way, you’re giving the sausage texture by grilling, and retaining the juiciness by baking. 


* Don’t Have a Grill? Try Pan Frying.

If you don’t have a grill, you can simply fry the sausage with some olive oil. It’s quick and easy, and there’s less cleanup involved, as you will only be using one pan. I’ve tried this one before, when I felt like having some polish sausages for breakfast.

You can use any pan for this <non-stick pan, skillet, or cast iron>, just make sure that the sausages fit snugly in it. Here’s how you do it: 

  • Prepare The Sausages. 
    Put the sausages in the pan, and then add some water (about ¼ of the skillet). Water is essential in this process--a dry pan will make the sausages burst.
  • Simmer The Sausages.
    Simmer on medium heat, and then wait for all the water to evaporate. This should take about 12-15 minutes.

    Note: If around 12 minutes have passed and there’s still water left, you can leave the pan open until the water evaporates (you can also spoon out a few teaspoons of the remaining water).
  • Brown The Sausages.
    Once all the water has evaporated, drizzle a bit of olive oil on the sausages and cook them for another 4-5 minutes. Make sure you turn them frequently.

*Don’t Want Your Sausages Oily? Boil Them.

If you want to cut some oiliness from the sausages, you can also try boiling them! This method is excellent for those who’d like to freeze the sausages for later consumption.

I came across this recipe that boils the sausages with some great aromatic herbs and vegetables. The only equipment you’ll need is a medium sized pot. Here are the steps:

  • In a pot, combine the fresh polish sausages, one onion (quartered), a sprinkle of peppercorns, about 2 garlic cloves, half a bay leaf, and one teaspoon of marjoram.
  • Pour some water into the pot, making sure that it covers all the sausages. Cover the pot.
  • Simmer the sausages on low heat for about 50 minutes to an hour. Let them cool in the cooking liquid, then serve.

* Do a Quick Bake.

For this method, you can either do this on a regular oven or a countertop convection oven <the one that i’m currently using at home>. Simply follow these simple steps: 

  • Prepare The Oven.
    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.
  • Put The Sausages on The Baking Sheet. 
    Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and line the sausages. Make sure that they are at least an inch apart so they won’t stick to one another while baking. If you don’t have a baking sheet or parchment paper, a nonstick baking pan or dish will do.
  • Cook The Sausages.
    This step depends on how big the sausages are. The medium-sized ones I get from the supermarket usually take 25-30 minutes. My suggestion is just to keep an eye on the outer layer--once it turns a nice golden brown, it’s time to take it out of the oven!

Pro tip: Try adding some sauerkraut to the mix--the flavors are amazing! This recipe was a hit when I first made it!


* Make Your Own!

You can also consider making your own polish sausages. This might sound complicated at first, but it’s just actually the equipment that makes it a bit challenging. You will be needing a smoker and a machine for casing.

I promised myself that when I finally get that smoker I’ve been eyeing, I’ll try and make my own. I found a promising recipe that has detailed and easy-to-follow steps. If you’re ready to make your sausages from scratch, this is something that you have to check out!

Things to Serve with Polish Sausages

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Now that you know how to cook polish sausage, you have to think of the perfect sides to go with them! Below are some ideas that you can start with.

  • Sauerkraut, mustard, and horseradish - served with some bread (a bun, or some crusty types like rye--a personal favorite!)
  • Beer - this is excellent for the grilled variety, but don’t let it stop you from experimenting! Of course, polish beer is the best one to match the kielbasa, but any beer will do.
  • Boiled, baked, or mashed potatoes - filling and delicious, this brings a great balance to the meat.
  • Cheese - I love cheese platters with some cured and smoked meats! My personal favorite to serve with the polish sausages are cheeses like manchego, sharp cheddar, pepper jack, pickles, and homemade bacon jerky.

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Go Ahead and Experiment with Different Methods!


Thank you for taking time to read this post! I hope it taught you a thing or two about polish sausages and how to prepare them. Go ahead and play around with these methods--there are simply so many wonderful (not to mention delicious) possibilities!

I always get great new ideas from my readers, so if you have any comments, suggestions, or recommendations, send them my way!

Thanks for dropping by. Looking forward to hearing from you!


    Hi There! Welcome to Cooking Is Passio where I can tell you the things I love. My name is Vivian Carpenter. I am not only a foodie at heart but also passionate about cooking. I rely on the support of other cooking blogs like me to get new cooking tips as well as new recipes. This blog is the great way to share my experience and my love cooking with others. And I hope this blog can help you - the cooking lovers like me - cook your favorite dishes.

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