Kielbasa in Air Fryer

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Craving a tasty, meaty snack that hits the spot? Kielbasa in the air fryer is the way to go!

Cooked in just minutes, this delicious take on the classic meat is worth the effort.

Air fryer kielbasa is perfectly crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and pairs well with cheese, crackers, dips – or can be eaten on its own as is!

pieces of fried kielbasa in bowl on wooden board
Kielbasa in the air fryer is worth it.

Recipe Tips

Before you make smoked sausage in the air fryer, read through these recipe tips so that you know what you’re doing and have the best results!

  • If you kielbasa has a skin/casing that you cannot eat, it’s best to remove it before cooking. This way, the kielbasa has the chance to cook evenly – and you don’t have to removes them later.
  • There are many different types of kielbasa that can vary in thickness. As a result, your cooking time might vary slightly as well. Just keep an eye on your kielbasa and when the pieces are your desired crispiness, you’re good to go!
  • We are assuming that the kielbasa you are using is already smoked, so you don’t have to worry about consuming uncooked meat. In the rare case that the sausage you are using is uncooked, make sure to fully cook it in the air fryer before consuming it!
  • You can cut the kielbasa into small pieces or place the whole kielbasa coil into the air fryer. Just keep in mind that the cook time might be slightly longer if you don’t cut the Polish sausage up.
  • Since sausage typically has a higher fat content it is important to use a clean air fryer. This reduces the risk of white smoke coming out of your air fryer.

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

Step by Step Instructions

If you’re wondering how to air fry kielbasa, you can follow the steps with photos in this section. This way, you can see exactly how we do it.

For the cooking time and temperature without visuals, you can skip to the recipe card at bottom of this post.

raw kielbasa cut into piece on wooden cutting board
Cut the kielbasa into pieces.

Cut the kielbasa coil into 1/2 inch thick pieces. Be sure to peel the kielbasa first if there is skin/casing on it that can’t be consumed.

raw kielbasa pieces in black air fryer tray
Add the sausages to the air fryer.

Next, preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the air fryer is hot, add the kielbasa in one even layer.

Make sure that there is a little space between the pieces so that they can brown evenly.

cooked kielbasa pieces in black air fryer tray on counter
The kielbasa will get crispy in the air fryer.

Cook the kielbasa for 8-10 minutes depending on your preferred level of crispiness. Flip the kielbasa halfway through for even cooking.

pieces of kielbasa on white plate on wooden board
Air fryer kielbasa – ready for eating!

Once the kielbasa is done, remove the pieces from the air fryer and enjoy. Be careful – the sausage pieces will be hot!

You can enjoy them on their own or with crackers and cheese or a dip.

Storage Tips

You can store leftover air-fried kielbasa in a sealed container in the fridge. They’ll last for 3-4 days – but because it’s meat they should be eaten sooner rather than later.

You can enjoy the leftovers cold or toss them back in the air fryer for a few minutes or in the microwave until reheated.

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pieces of kielbasa on white plate on wooden board

Air Fryer Kielbasa

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Air Fryer Kielbasa is a delicious take on this meaty delight. Air-fried in just minutes to a nice crispy outside, this kielbasa is a great snack for the great game!

Ingredients

  • 10-14 ounces kielbasa coil

Instructions

  1. Cut the kielbasa coil into 1/2 inch thick pieces. Be sure to peel the kielbasa first if necessary (if there is skin/casing on it that can't be consumed).
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Once the air fryer is hot, add the kielbasa in one even layer. Make sure that there is a little space between the pieces so that they can brown evenly.
  4. Cook the kielbasa for 8-10 minutes depending on your preferred level of crispiness. Flip the kielbasa halfway through for even cooking.
  5. Once the kielbasa is done, remove the pieces from the air fryer. Be careful - the sausage pieces will be hot! You can enjoy them on their own or with crackers and cheese or a dip.

Notes

  • There are various types of kielbasa that you can buy. They vary in thickness so your cook time can differ slightly. Also, make sure to remove any skin/casing - if there is skin that can't be consumed - before placing the kielbasa into the air fryer.
  • You can also air fry the kielbasa coil whole instead of cutting it into pieces. Keep in mind that it will take slightly longer in the air fryer this way and it will not crisp up the same way that the individually cut pieces do.
  • We are assuming that the kielbasa you are using is already smoked, so you don't have to worry about consuming uncooked meat. In the rare case that the sausage you are using is uncooked, make sure to fully cook it in the air fryer before consuming it!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 334Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 1053mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 12g

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. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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