Potato Kielbasa Skillet

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


4 servings

Updated: Dec. 12, 2023
No need to hunt through kielbasa and potato recipes, this smoky take steals the show as a hearty home-style, all-in-one meal. It's especially perfect on those cold late fall and early winter nights. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


  • 1 pound red potatoes (3-4 medium), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 pound smoked kielbasa or Polish sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  1. Place potatoes and water in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave, covered, on high until potatoes are tender, 3-4 minutes; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, mix brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, thyme and pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; saute onion and kielbasa until onion is tender.
  3. Add potatoes; cook and stir until lightly browned, 3-5 minutes. Stir in brown sugar mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in spinach until wilted. Stir in bacon.

Potato Kielbasa Skillet Tips

Is kielbasa already cooked?

Yes, kielbasa is already cooked. When you purchase kielbasa in the grocery store, it has already been smoked and pre-cooked. When you use it in recipes, all you need to do is heat it back up and/or brown it for the dish you’re making.

How do you know when kielbasa is done?

Kielbasa is perfectly cooked when it registers between 168°F and 174°F on a meat thermometer.

What goes well with kielbasa?

Sauerkraut dishes go particularly well with kielbasa. Swap in kielbasa for the Italian sausage links in this sauerkraut casserole or serve kielbasa alongside sauerkraut latkes. Other delicious kielbasa recipes include kielbasa chili, kielbasa tortellini Alfredo, kielbasa hot potato slaw and even a hot kielbasa dip.

What is the difference between Polish sausage and kielbasa?

“Kielbasa” is actually the Polish word for “sausage”. While there isn’t a huge difference between traditional Polish sausage and kielbasa, kielbasa usually carries a more pronounced garlic flavor and is lightly smoked.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/2 cups: 472 calories, 31g fat (10g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 873mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 17g protein.