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Potato Kielbasa Skillet

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
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 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


  • Place potatoes and water in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave, covered, on high until potatoes are tender, 3-4 minutes; drain.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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  • recipehound54
    Sep 30, 2020

    Easy ingredients to keep on hand, easy to prepare, very easy to eat because it's DELICIOUS! I love the blending of flavors. This was a very pleasant surprise. The only change I made was to add a little more onion than called for, as we love the flavor boost that onions add.

  • Christine
    Sep 27, 2020

    I made this a couple of weeks ago using cabbage in place of the spinach, and we loved it. In fact, hubby loved it so much he just asked me to make it for his birthday dinner tonight. This is a keeper.

  • momtotomandmike
    Sep 13, 2020

    This is an absolute favorite!! I get asked to make it for end of summer and fall potlucks. We use only good Kielbasa like Martin Rosol's from New Brittain CT or Blue Seal from Chicopee, MA.

  • eileen344
    Aug 17, 2020

    I have made this many many times. The only change I make is that I use cabbage instead of spinach.

  • BobbysChicagoBAbe
    Aug 16, 2020

    This was pretty good, although next time I'll use less vinegar or switch out lemon juice for it. We aren't big fans of vinegar.

  • gmalovesyou
    Aug 14, 2020

    My family loves this dinner. I have also substituted cauliflower for the potatoes. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top too. Delicious

  • TNSunshiine
    Jul 20, 2020

    Oh YUMMMMM! This is divine, the sweet/sour German taste, and the dijon mustard compliments the sausage perfectly. I love this dish! I had to cook my potatoes in the microwave a little longer, but it all came together and tastes delicious. I will definitely be making this again and again!

  • Mary Anne
    Jul 20, 2020

    Easy to make, good flavor and has been added to our regular meal plan.

  • Sarah
    Jul 17, 2020

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  • Lonnie
    Jul 16, 2020

    Wonderful meal! Will definitely make it again!