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Kielbasa and Potatoes

Yesterday was one of those days. One of those days that seemed to drag on forever. One of those days when after I got home from work (gasp!) I did not want to make dinner. Whenever these days strike, and fortunately its not often, I surprisingly manage to resist the urge to turn to take out menus. Instead, I make Ryan and I something that’s comforting and quick. This recipe for kielbasa and potatoes usually fits the bill. The salty sausage, sweet caramelized onions and tender potatoes create the perfect bite.

This is a recipe that was common when I was growing up. My mom used to make it quite often. And I was always a fan. I think my mom turned to this because of its simplicity too. The sausage is precooked, the potatoes don’t take long and the onions take even less time. And best of all its all done in one pot so that cleaning is a cinch. This means you can get to the couch and start relaxing a whole lot sooner.

Note: If you use beef kielbasa cut the amount of butter and oil slightly or the dish may turn out a little greasy.

Kielbasa and Potatoes Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 medium Yukon gold potatoes, diced
  • fresh cracked pepper and kosher salt
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 1 pound turkey kielbasa, cut in half at the curve and then sliced



In a large skillet heat olive oil and butter over medium heat. Once butter has melted add potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Allow to cook for 4-5 minutes without stirring. Stir after 5 minutes. Cook another 5 minutes. Stir.


Stir in onions. Cook 3 minutes. Stir in kielbasa. Continue cooking for 5 more minutes or until sausage is warmed through and pieces begin to brown.


Serve hot.


After about 30 minutes I was on the couch under a blanket with a bowl of this in my lap, a glass of wine in my hand and suddenly the day didn't seem all that bad.Enjoy!

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    Debbie Whiteford
    September 27, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Can this be made in the instant pot (electric pressure cooker)? If so how long would you cook it? And would you make any adjustments? I’m thinking, after pressure cooking putting it under the broiler for a few minutes to crispen it up.

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    Joni Bentley
    February 22, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    I have several questions about this dish. I doubled it because of my family size, but the potatoes took for ever to cook. How big do you dice yours? what kind of pan did you use, and temp? I used an electric skillet on 325. I feel like par-boiling would have helped the potatoes cook faster.

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      Des @ Life's Ambrosia
      February 23, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      Hi Joni! I diced the potatoes into bite size pieces and cooked them in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. I usually cook it as is but reading through the comments if you par-boil the potatoes, I think they would cook a bit faster for you!

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    Ginny Pizzuto
    October 16, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    I made this but i did it in the oven and added red peppers and other spices was yummy… next i think i will add mushrooms.. thanks

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    A. Smith
    June 28, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    I’ve made KB & spuds for years, but I throw in a rounded tsp. of no-salt Lemon-Pepper Seasoning, a good pinch of sea salt (1/4 tsp.), and some coarse ground tellicherry black pepper (you may have to get a pepper grinder). My other version is using ground horseradish & sea salt. Both are great and everyone loves it.

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    November 20, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I made it but with russet potatoes and nuked them after the 10 minutes of cooking just to make sure they were thoroughly cooked. It was delicious.

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    Debra DeGroot
    August 17, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Opps, I meant steamed cabbage, sorry.

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    Debra DeGroot
    August 17, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I make this dish with the turkey sausage and potatoes. The only thing I do different is add stemmed cabbage to this dish. That’s the way my mother always made it. We called it Cabbage, Potatoes, and Smoked Sausage. Yummy!

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    July 31, 2013 at 10:24 am

    This might be a silly question, but could you use red potatoes instead?

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      July 31, 2013 at 10:28 am

      Hi Erin- Yep you can!

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    August 15, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Good start but layer bottom of pan with cabbage,then potatoes ,a bag of Normandy blend frozen veggie( Broc,cauliflower,carrots).top with Polska Kielbasa.season with lemon pepper.1/2 cup water.SEAL with foil.325 degrees for a few hours. I LOVE IT and each person can decide if they want apple cider vinegar .I LOVE the vinegar drizzled on mine! This dish is SOOOOO good!

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    March 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    can I make this up the night before? will the potatoes stay good and just warm up the next day

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      March 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      deedasher- I’ve eaten this as leftovers the next day for lunch so I would say that would be just fine. :)

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    March 4, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    This was delicious and super easy. The only problem I found is that the skillet gets a bit crowded. If you’re a little picky about browning the meat I would use a separate skillet for the sausage and cook it with the other half of the onion.

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    Nancy Ruiz
    January 24, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Definitely trying this recipe,Thanks for sharing,simple but filling,my kind of recipe

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    June 30, 2011 at 9:12 am

    The name “kielbasa” is not turkish but polish!!!

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    April 23, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Thanks Meahan! Did this one last night- definite keeper! After reading the of the other comments I used the pre- boil method for the potatoes ( about 8 min) and crisped them up in the pan while browning the chicken smoked sausage (since that’s what I had). I also added a 1/2 red and 1/2 a yellow bell pepper and some fresh minced garlic that I sauteed with the onion in the pan first then set aside. In the last minute i combined the peppers/onions and the potatoes and sausage to blend and rewarm.

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    February 22, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    thanks for the idea Meagan, i might try pre-boiling them this time.
    Deseree, the potatoes were slightly hard still, but hot. the second time we tried it-we did 3 rounds of 5 on the potatoes before adding anything extra, and it helped. to be fair, we are also adding extras to this meal-to stretch it out for our family of 4…we added green peppers and mushrooms to it. and the last time we made it-we tried crumbled breakfast sausage-Sooo Delish!
    This week im back to turkey kielbasa. Our household loves this dish! OK-the grown ups love it-and the kids pick at it-but who’s keeping score right?! LOL

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    January 27, 2010 at 7:42 am

    an idea for the potatoes- Pre-boil them until fork tender. Then toss them into the pot as you would before, but don’t cook as long. you want them to get a little “crust” of love on them, but don’t over cook. (maybe 2-3 minutes each side)

    then continue on. The potatoes may be more delicate, so don’t mix hard, but they will be done.

    (I’m a classically trained chef, along with 10+ years experience.)

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    January 15, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Safoora and Shriley I’m glad that you enjoyed this dish! Amanda- Did you have a problem with the potatoes? I usually don’t have a problem with the potatoes unless I cut them a little bigger, but if I happen to do that I just let them cook a little longer.

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    January 14, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    So delicious! I just made this and it made my day! Thanks for the recipe!

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    January 14, 2010 at 6:38 am

    It looks so delicious!! we dont really have turkey kielbasa ..can i use turkey sausage?

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      January 14, 2010 at 7:30 am

      BNDQ8- Thanks! You can use turkey sausage if you like or regular beef kielbasa if you have access to that.

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    January 13, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    im currently making this now, and hubby is complaining about the potatoes possibly not cooking through…did anyone have this problem?

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    January 8, 2010 at 3:33 am

    I made this last night – was delicious! Perfect way to beat the chill! :)

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    January 7, 2010 at 8:11 am

    My mom used to make this for us all of the time, too. It has since turned into my boyfriend’s favorite on a cold night… with a bit of ketchup on top :)

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    January 6, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    That looks like the perfect cold weather comfort food! I’m going to try to find turkey kielbasa at the store this weekend.

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    January 6, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    My mom used to make this all the time! And serve it with fresh corn on the cob from the garden. Wow! I’m going to have to make this for my kids soon. My Lilly would love it! :-)

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    January 6, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Umm sounds like a plan for tonight!

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    January 6, 2010 at 10:00 am

    this is a great quick whip meal! I just might make this sometime this week :)

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    Hey! I'm Des!

    Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too.

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