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What To Serve With Kielbasa – 18 Delicious Side Dishes

This article was updated on 22nd August 2023 for freshness and clarity.

If you’re wondering what to serve with your kielbasa, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I list 18 of the most popular side dishes for kielbasa (tired and tested by me!).

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best dishes to serve with kielbasa are sauerkraut, haluski, pierogies, potato pancakes, and sauteed peppers. You can try shrimp skewers, kimchi fried rice, frittata, and green bean casserole for unusual yet tasty options. Try cucumber salad, apple fennel slaw, and couscous for healthier options.

For each side dish, I’ve provided alternative options to cater to various diets and lifestyles, including vegan, quick and easy, and health-conscious options.

Traditional Polish Sides

Want an authentic and satisfying Polish meal experience? Stick with Polish sides!

Quick Sauerkraut

4.6 ⭐️ (51 ratings) | 30 mins

Sauerkraut is one of the most traditional accompaniments to kielbasa. It has a tart taste that works superbly with salty and smoky sausage. 

Sauerkraut gets its signature flavor from fermentation, which takes weeks to develop. But, the shortcut version will let you have this dish in just 30 minutes!

Psst… I like using this sauerkraut to make a hot dog with the kielbasa.

What readers are saying…

“Husband RAVED about this! Sauerkraut isn’t really my thing, I didn’t love it. But he said it was amazing.”

“Was so easy.”

“Very Good. I have adapted in a small way… 1/2 cup Apple Cider– 1cup White Vinegar, an extra pinch of salt, and extra grind of Pepper…”

Traditional Sauerkraut
🤩 Spiced Tumeric Sauerkraut

Polish Haluski

4.3 ⭐️ (3 ratings) | 40 mins

Haluski is a popular dish in Central Europe, with each country having its own version. But it generally features cabbage and egg noodles tossed in butter. 

Haluski is incredibly easy and cheap to make – aside from salt and pepper, you only need five ingredients to make this dish.

Green cabbage works best, and slicing it into thin ribbons makes sure it cooks down quickly enough.

What readers are saying…

“excellent, this is a great comfort food.”

“Thanks for the easy recipe! I used farfalle pasta since that’s what I had. I seasoned the cabbage with Penzey’s Ozark seasoning and topped with chopped parsley when it was done.”

🌱 Vegan Haluski
Cabbage salad
Easy Roasted Cabbage

Homemade Pierogies

4.5 ⭐️ (38 ratings) | 2 hr 20 mins

Craving comfort food? You can’t go wrong with fresh-off-the-stove pierogies beside your kielbasa.

Nowadays, they’re readily available in the frozen section at your grocery store, but trust me – making them yourself is so much better. 

The beauty of making homemade pierogies is you can customize the filling you use. Don’t limit yourself to the traditional potato and cheese filling – go crazy and try sauerkraut, mushrooms, you name it!

What readers are saying…

“I love these!!! I’ve had Perogies before and never cared for them,, but I’m totally on board with this recipe!!!”

“Your recipe is delicious and totally worth the time to make homemade pierogies. My husband said this is the best meal I’ve made since he’s known me.”

“Oh my goodness your pierogies are so super dreamy!”

🥔 Silesian Dumplings
🌱 Vegan Pierogies

Pierogi Leniwe (easy)

Polish Potato Pancakes

5 ⭐️ (7 ratings) | 45 mins

Turn back to kielbasa’s Polish roots and make these Polish potato pancakes for the ultimate authentic meal.

These potato pancakes have crispy exteriors and soft, fluffy interiors. They may look like latkes or hashbrowns, but they use different ingredients (think onion and egg) that set them apart.

Pro tip: serve the pancakes immediately to enjoy them at their crispiest. And sour cream is a must.

What readers are saying…

“Great recipe! I made it and it turned out excellent! Your instructions and information was very helpful.”

“This is a great recipe, thanks! My first batch didn’t look like yours so I added extra egg and their beautiful and delicious.”

🔥 Latkes
Crispy Hash Browns
🌱 Vegan Potato Pancake

Polish Noodles

4.6 ⭐️ (289 ratings) | 45 mins

Love homemade mac and cheese but don’t want the hassle of making one? These Polish noodles are a great alternative.

You only need five ingredients plus basic seasonings to make this dish (just like the haluski!)

The cottage cheese and sour cream give you that creamy, cheesy sauce (no grating required). And adding the kielbasa will add a nice smoky flavor.

Psst… my Polish friend told me this dish is also called ‘lazy man pierogies’.

What readers are saying…

“It was a super easy, quick dish that tasted fantastic. I have it twice. The first time with egg noodles, and the second time I took another reviwer’s suggestion and made it with wagon wheel noodles

“Delicious, filling and a excellent comfort food!”

“Being American Polish, I love this dish!!!

🍅 Easy Tomato Pasta
🥛 Creamy Spinach Pasta
Macaroni and cheese

Fresh and Light Sides

This group of sides offers a refreshing contrast to the rich and hearty taste of Kielbasa. These dishes add color, texture, and lightness making them perfect for summer.

Cucumber Salad

4.4 ⭐️ (33 ratings) | 20 mins

If you thought cucumber was boring… think again! This light and oh-so-fresh dish is the perfect summertime salad. 

Paper-thin cucumber slices and onions are drenched in a vinegar dressing that gives them an irresistible sweet and tangy flavor to awaken your taste buds.

Psst… I like letting the salad sit for a few hours to really let the dressing soak in.

What readers are saying…

“I made this salad for a family reunion this October. It was such a hit I didn’t have any leftovers!

“taste great will be a keeper for us great way to use up excess cucumbers and nice it lasts a few days”

“This is an easy and refreshing salad. Thanks”

🇵🇱 Polish Cucumber Salad
Quick Pickled Cucumber
🔥 Spicy Cucumber Salad

Apple Fennel Slaw

5.0 ⭐️ (1 ratings) | 30 mins

Is the usual coleslaw getting boring for you? Swap it out of your usual rotation and give this apple fennel slaw a try. 

This slaw, made with granny smith apples, fennel, onion, and seasonings is dressed in a lemon vinaigrette which gives it a much tarter flavor than your usual coleslaw.

This extra tartiness goes superbly with rich and smokey kielbasa.

Pro tip: fennel isn’t as scary as it sounds!

What the chef says…

“Don’t wait to toss the apples in lemon juice after cutting into matchsticks. The longer you wait, the higher the chance you have of the apples turning brown.”

Traditional Coleslaw
Polish Cabbage Salad
🥕 Polish Carrot Salad

Lemon Herb Pasta Salad

4.9 ⭐️ (37 ratings) | 45 mins

Add a healthy dish to your barbecue spread with this pasta salad. It’s a simple dish filled with classic flavors that everyone will love. 

Contrary to other pasta salads, this has no mayonnaise – which is ideal, especially if you’re serving it at an outdoor party because you won’t need to worry about your dish going bad under the summer sun’s heat.

Psst… don’t swap the fresh herbs for dried ones. I tried it and it was nowhere near as good.

What readers are saying…

“I made this with navy beans for extra fiber and bc they hold up better than a softer white bean—it was great.”

“This was yummy!! I used home made vegan parmesan (ground cashews, garlic, nutritional yeast and salt👌) and also added chives and mint.”

“I made this for lunch today, and added fresh spinach, avocado, and jalapeño. It was delicious!!”

🥗 Macaroni Pasta Salad
🍋 Creamy Lemon Pasta
Pesto Pasta Salad

Grilled Corn On The Cob

5.0 ⭐️ (5 ratings) | 33 mins

Grilling your kielbasa links? Take advantage of the fired-up grill and throw a couple of pieces of corn on the cob there. 

And then jazz up the corn by preparing a garlicky cilantro-lime butter to slather all over them (chili is also a great addition).

It’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and whenever I throw a party someone always asks for it!

What the chef says…

“Look for vivid, green husks that are tight against the corn kernels. This is a good indicator of a fresh corn cob, and you should be able to feel the plump kernels beneath the husk to see if there are any gaps.”

🥗 Grilled Corn Salad
🥛 Milk Boiled Corn

French Potato Salad 

5.0 ⭐️ (14 ratings) | 60 mins

Summertime means garden party season – and you know what that means. Potato salad!

You may be tempted to stick to the classics, but why not try this French potato salad instead?

It’s flavored with a bright and herby lemon-garlic vinaigrette that gives so much life and zing to potatoes. And the acidity from the lemon will cut through the richness of the kielbasa wonderfully.


What readers are saying…

“Is yummy I love it . It is a great substitute from your typical potato salad with mayonnaise”

“A flavor sensation! What a wonderful salad. I’m used to using mayo in my potato salads, and I really love that this had none in it. I will definitely make this again!”

“Absolutely the best potato salad.”

🇵🇱 Polish Potato Salad
🇯🇵 Japanese Potato Salad
German Potato Salad

Hearty Comfort Foods

Not summer weather? Or simply craving something warm and indulgent? Go for a comfort food side that’s rich, creamy, and cozy with your kielbasa.

Boston Baked Beans

4.6 ⭐️ (12 ratings) | 12 hr 30 mins

These baked beans are not an instant, one-pot wonder. They take time to cook, so you need to have patience. 

But it’s totally worth it. At the end, you get a pot of rich and perfectly-cooked beans with a delicious sweet and salty flavor.

Psst… lots of the time is used for soaking the beans, so you don’t actually have to do anything.

What readers are saying…

“I made this for the first time not too long ago and it came out amazing! I even froze the left overs and as I’ve eaten them since they, it tastes just as good as when I first made them.”

“Outstanding! Would’ve never thought of adding red wine vinegar!”

“These were delicious and easy to prepare. Definitely making these often. Had them with grilled Italian sausage!”

Quick Baked Beans
😇 Healthy Baked Beans
British-Style Baked Beans

Sauteed Peppers And Onions

4.6 ⭐️ (71 ratings) | 28 mins

Got home late? 

Resist the temptation to order takeout for dinner – you can quickly put together a healthy meal with just bell peppers, onions, and kielbasa. 

This dish may look simple, but it packs a flavorful punch that will knock your socks off. 

And the peppers and onions get cooked in just one skillet, so you have less mess to clean up after.

What readers are saying…

“Ok, I thought the reviewers were crazy when they said “kid approved” but I’ll be, my kids loved these! I’m flabbergasted. Thank you.”

“I followed the recipe exactly (baked for 4 hours) and I love it. I’ve never made Boston Baked Beans before but this recipe is now a proven winner and will be saved in my recipe book.”

🍄 Sauteed Mushrooms
🤩 Stuffed Peppers

Green Bean Casserole

4.9 ⭐️ (46 ratings) | 1 hr 30 mins

Add some variety to your holiday spread by serving kielbasa with a green bean casserole

Crisp-tender green beans drowning in a decadent cheesy cream sauce topped with crispy onions – who can resist?

The savory, smoky flavor of your kielbasa goes nicely with the creaminess of this green bean casserole. 

And every element of this recipe is made from scratch.

What readers are saying…

“My mother in law, brother in law, and husband all said it was the highlight of the side dishes and there was a fight over the leftovers! ? Definitely worth the extra steps to make this all homemade.”

“Soooo good!”

😇 Healthy Green Bean Casserole
Vegan Green Bean Casserole
Cheats Green Bean Casserole

Broccoli Cheddar Frittata

5.0 ⭐️ (1 ratings) | 27 mins

Have kielbasa for brunch by serving it with a filling frittata. This frittata is ultra cheesy, with specks of broccoli florets throughout. 

It’s the right kind of balance between health, decadence, and flavor.

And it’s great for making ahead of time. I normally make a frittata for the week on Sunday and quickly reheat it each morning.

What readers are saying…

“This recipe is delicious. Simple to make and filled with flavor. Definitely adding to my breakfast rotation.”

Simple Omelet
😇 Egg White Frittata

International Fusion

Introduce an exciting twist to the traditional Polish Kielbasa with some global flavors. Whether it’s the spicy kick of kimchi or the tropical touch of pineapple, these sides will help elevate the humble sausage.

Shrimp And Pineapple Skewers

5.0 ⭐️ (3 ratings) | 25 mins

These shrimp and pineapple skewers are great barbecue party food. They have an irresistible sweetness from the pineapple, and a touch of elegance from the shrimp.

Add a few chunks of smokey kielbasa and you’ve got a winner – surf and turf isn’t just for steaks!

Psst… they look just as good as they taste too.

What readers are saying…

“Pineapple and shrimp sound so yummy together!”

“Prettiest skewers I ever did see Natasha!”

“My boyfriend and I have made these a few times. They’re delicious, easy, and healthy!”

🍍Pineapple Salsa
🍡 Veg And Halloumi Skewers

Sun-Dried Tomato And Feta Couscous

4.9 ⭐️ (21 ratings) | 10 mins

Want a hearty but light dish to go with your kielbasa? Swap out your pasta for a bowl of this delicious couscous.

It’s loaded with Mediterranean flavors from tomatoes, pine nuts, and feta (I always add olives too). And is an ideal base for your savory kielbasa.

But the best part? The whole thing only takes 10 minutes to make!

What readers are saying…

“I keep coming back to this recipe and always wonder why I don’t make it more. So simple and so delicious for the whole family.”

“Oh this all looks so delicious. I feel like a party”

🥗 Garlicky Pearl Couscous
🤩 Favorite Quinoa Salad

Kimchi Fried Rice

4.3 ⭐️ (68 ratings) | 25 mins

Korean-Polish fusion? Sign me up! 

Kielbasa started getting popular in Korea in the middle of 2020, and one of the dishes they pair with it is kimchi and rice.

This kimchi fried rice is packed with umami from ingredients like gochujang, soy sauce, and sesame oil meaning you won’t be able to get enough!

Psst… I like throwing a fried egg on top too.

What readers are saying…

“I knew your recipe would be a winner and it 1000% was. Thank you!!”

“I’ve made this a nearly weekly staple! I use brown rice, squid and sometimes plant-based sausage.”

“I just made this for dinner tonight and it was a big hit! I added 1 tbsp of Gochugaru for a little extra spice and it turned out great!”

Traditional Fried Rice
Quick Kimchi

Braised Red Cabbage

4.8 ⭐️ (18 ratings) | 4 hrs 20 mins

Take inspiration from the Germans and serve your kielbasa with a generous helping of braised red cabbage.

This vibrant side dish boasts a delightful blend of sweet and tangy flavors that help balance the richness of your sausage. And it’s super warm and comforting, making it ideal for winter.

The only catch is its long cooking time, but you can make it in advance and simply reheat it when you’re ready to serve.

What readers are saying…

“I make this recipe every year for Xmas day. The families love it even the kids.”

My Grannie would be so pleased with this!!!!

Sauteed cabbage and mushrooms
🤩 Rice-stuffed cabbage rolls

What To Serve With Kielbasa [18 Ideas]

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your kielbasa.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Polish
Keyword: kielbasa side dishes, what to serve with kielbasa
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 226kcal


  • 1 portion Haluski
  • 1 portion German Red Cabbage
  • 1 portion Apple Fennel Slaw
  • 1 portion Potato Pancakes
  • 1 portion Pierogies
  • 1 portion Green Bean Casserole


  • Prepare your kielbasa according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: quick sauerkraut, polish haluski, homemade pierogies, polish potato pancakes, sauteed peppers and onions, cucumber salad, french potato salad, apple fennel slaw, Boston baked beans, lemon herb pasta salad, polish noodles, grilled corn on the cob, shrimp and pineapple skewers, sun-dried tomatoes and feta couscous, green bean casserole, kimchi fried rice, and a broccoli cheddar frittata.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 226kcal

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