Air Fryer Kielbasa and Peppers

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Looking for a tasty, meaty dinner combination with not too much prep? Air fryer kielbasa and peppers might be the recipe for you!

It’s ready in just minutes- all you have to do is cut, toss in spices, and air fry these ingredients to be on the way to flavor town!

silver fork piercing cooked piece of kielbasa with peppers in blue bowl on wooden board.
Kielbasa and peppers are so easy to make in the air fryer!

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

If you want to make air fryer kielbasa, peppers, and onions (optional), be sure to read through these recipe tips so that you know just what to expect:

  • You can choose any color of pepper that you like. Just make sure to cut them into even pieces.
  • If you like onion, you can add some. Cut the onion into rings, but don’t cut them too thin as otherwise they might burn in the air fryer.
  • You can change the spices to suit your personal preference. We like keeping it simple with some garlic powder, paprika, and black pepper but you could also add some cayenne pepper if you want a little spice.
  • You can add all the ingredients to the air fryer at the same time. However, keep an eye on them while they are cooking.

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

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Step by Step Instructions

There are just a few easy steps to making kielbasa and peppers in the air fryer. If you like visuals, you can follow the step-by-step recipe photos in this section to see just how we made ours.

If you’re feeling confident and just want to get cooking, you can find the details without visuals in the recipe card at the bottom of this post!

packages of spices on wooden cutting board with peppers and onion and kielbasa all beside air fryer.
Gather all the ingredients.

First, gather your ingredients. You’ll need kielbasa, two bell peppers, one onion (yellow or red), avocado oil, garlic powder, paprika and black pepper.

strips of red and orange peppers cut on wooden board with knife in front on white counter.
Cut the bell peppers into strips.

Wash the bell peppers and dry them. Then cut them into thin strips. Try to cut them evenly so that they will be done cooking at roughly the same time.

slices of onion sitting on wooden cutting board on white counter.
Cut the onion into rings.

Next, peel the onion and cut it into into rings. Once again, try cutting it evenly (not like we did in the photo above) as otherwise some rings might get too dark during cooking.

If you don’t like onion, you can total skip it – it’s really up to you.

chunks of cut kielbasa on wooden board sitting on white counter top.
Cut the kielbasa into pieces.

Moving on to the kielbasa, remove the skin if required. Then cut the kielbasa into slices between 1/4 and 1/2 inch thick. If the pieces are quite big, you can cut them in half (see photo above).

At this time also preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.

kielbasa peppers and onion in bowl covered in oil and spices.
Add the ingredients to a bowl.

Now add the chopped bell peppers, onion and kielbasa to a large bowl. To the bowl also add the oil, garlic powder, paprika and black pepper.

kielbasa onions and peppers in white bowl bring mixed with red tipped tongs.
Mix well.

Toss/mix everything until the oil and spices are evenly distributed.

uncooked peppers onions and chunks of kielbasa sitting in black air fryer tray on white counter.
Add the kielbasa, pepper, and onions to the air fryer.

When the air fryer is preheated, add everything into the air fryer basket. Shake the contents so that they are evenly distributed.

There will be some overlap, but that’s okay since our goal is not to get everything super crispy anyway.

However, there should still be some room in the air fryer (you don’t want it to be filled right to the top) – in that case, we’d recommend cooking it in two batches.

cooked kielbasa peppers and onions with spices in black air fryer tray on countertop.
The kielbasa should be slightly crispy and browned.

Air fry the kielbasa and peppers at 380 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 12-15 minutes total until the kielbasa is slightly crispy and the peppers and onions are cooked.

Shake the air fryer basket approximately every 4 minutes so that everything cooks evenly.

Keep in mind that the exact cooking time can vary by air fryer (some cook hotter than others) and your personal preferences.

blue bowl of cooked kielbasa and peppers on wooden board with blue towel behind.
These kielbasa and peppers are ready for dinner!

When everything is done, place the kielbasa and peppers in a bowl and serve. Enjoy!

Storage Tips

If you have some leftovers, put them in a sealed container and store them in the fridge. Consume them within 3 days but keep in mind that the bell peppers might get softer over time.

To reheat, we’d recommend using the air fryer on a lower temperature (around 280 degrees Fahrenheit usually works well). You can also reheat them in the microwave but this can make the bell peppers even softer.

Related Recipes

If you like this easy idea for an air fryer dinner, check out these other tasty combinations to see what you like!

blue bowl of cooked kielbasa and peppers on wooden board with blue towel behind.

Air Fryer Kielbasa and Peppers

Air Fryer Kielbasa and Peppers makes a tasty yet filling dinner! Cooked together, this colorful combo saves time and is so easy to make!
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Prep Time: 6 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 13 ounces Kielbasa, cooked
  • 2 bell peppers, any color, medium-sized
  • 1 onion, optional
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika, more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, more to taste

Instructions

  • Wash the bell peppers, then cut them into thin strips. Also, cut the onion into thin rings (optional).
    2 bell peppers, 1 onion
  • Remove the "skin" from the kielbasa if necessary. Then cut the kielbasa into slices between 1/4 and 1/2 inch thick. If the kielbasa is quite large in diameter, you can cut the slices into half to create semi-circles pieces.
    13 ounces Kielbasa
  • At this time, preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add all the ingredients together into a bowl. Then add the oil, garlic powder, paprika and black pepper. Toss/mix everything until the oil and spices are evenly distributed.
    1 teaspoon avocado oil, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon paprika, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • When the air fryer is hot, add everything into the air fryer basket. Shake the contents so that they are evenly distributed. Air fry at 380 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 12-15 minutes total until the kielbasa is slightly crispy and the peppers and onions are cooked. Shake the air fryer basket every 4 minutes for even cooking. Exact cooking time can change by air fryer and your personal preferences.
  • When done cooking, remove the kielbasa and peppers from the air fryer, place in bowls, and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 677kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 1622mg | Potassium: 786mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 3851IU | Vitamin C: 158mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 3mg

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice.

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Lisa is the main creator for Simply Air Fryer. As the author of two successful food blogs, she's usually found measuring ingredients, trying out new combinations, or hiding behind the camera snapping photos of food. She bought her first air fryer almost 2 years ago and has since used it over 350+ times. With the help of her trusty sidekick (husband), she's created and tested every single recipe on Simply Air Fryer.

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