How To Cook Polish Sausage The Authentic Way: 3 Easy Steps
Cooking Polish sausage might seem like a feat, but once you learn how to cook Polish sausage, you’ll find out that it isn’t hard at all. Once you know how, this meal may even become a weekly staple in your home because of how easy it is to make!
Polish sausage, also known as Kielbasa, is often boiled and then pan fried, but this isn’t the only way to prepare this fresh meat.
Today I’ll break down the simple steps about how to prepare Polish sausage so that you won’t have to wonder about how to do it any longer.
What You Will Need To Follow This Tutorial
Pork Polish Sausage
When making authentic Polish sausage, you’ll want to start with fresh, all-pork Polish sausage. Some sausages with turkey and beef filler are sold as Polish sausage, but all-pork sausage has the most authentic flavor.
Purchase between 2 and 4 pounds of meat to feed a family of 4 to 6 people. You can cook more than this at one time, just make sure that you have a large enough pan to do so.
High-walled Frying Pan
While some people use a large pot to boil their Polish sausage, all you need is a single pan to prepare this delicious meal.
Get a high-walled frying pan to cook your sausage in. It does not need to be cast iron; a simple frying pan will do the job just as well since sausage is in a casing and does not benefit from cast iron.
Water, Beer, or Broth
You need a bit of liquid for this recipe. While water is the easiest thing to use, cooking the sausages in beer or broth can give them more flavor during the cooking process. Sausages can lose some flavor while cooking, and cooking them in a liquid helps prevent this from happening.
Chicken broth is a great option if you don’t want to use beer. Otherwise, try using a bottle of a dark beer such as a Guinness, as these are more likely to impart good flavor into the dish. If you don’t have enough liquid, use water to make up the deficit.
Sometimes, flavor is lost from Polish sausage during the cooking process. To prevent this, you can add some basic seasonings while you are preparing it.
Get a bay leaf, 2 cloves of garlic, and one half of an onion (quartered) to be used to re-season your sausage as it cooks.
For many people, using a grill to prepare sausage is a no-brainer, but I don’t recommend using only a grill to prepare Polish sausage.
Still, using any type of grill to finish your sausages is a great way to give them a char and that distinct grilled flavor that many people love. Try this out the next time you have the grill out and ready to go!
Step By Step Instructions
Step 1: Partially Boil Your Sausages
While most sausages bought at the store will be pre-boiled, this won’t be the case with fresh sausages, so you need to do some boiling to give them the right texture. I like to use a frying pan to do a “mini boil” before I cook them in the same pan.Who doesn’t love when they can use a single pan to do all the work?
Put your sausages into a high-walled frying pan. Then, add enough liquid (water, beer, or stock) to cover them by about ¼ of an inch.
Add your bay leaf and garlic and let this liquid come to a boil. Once it boils, reduce the heat to simmer and let the sausages boil, covered, for about 10 minutes. The sausages should be heated through.
Step 2: Remove Excess Liquid, If Necessary
While boiling, most of the liquid should disappear, but it is possible that you will still have too much liquid left in the frying pan.
If you have more than ¼ inch of liquid left, you will need to remove it yourself. Move the semi-cooked sausages to a plate, and empty your frying pan. Then, put the sausages back into the pan.
Step 3: Pan Fry The Sausages
As the last of the liquid reduces from your pan, your sausages will begin to be pan fried.Add the quartered onion to the pan, and then pan fry the sausages for 3 to 5 minutes on each side, giving them a crisp outer shell. You should keep the heat on medium to medium-high heat while doing this to prevent any burning from happening.
Make sure that you do not over fry your sausages, as this can cause the fat content to be reduced, and this will cause the sausages to lose a lot of flavor. Limit the amount of time spent frying.
Another Option: Grill It!
If you’re like me and you love to grill things, you can try grilling your Polish sausages! After boiling the sausages for about 10 minutes in a liquid, take them out of the pan and move them to the grill !
Here, you can grill the sausages on each side until you get a nice flavorful char on the outside. Grilling gives Polish sausage a different flavor than pan frying it does, but it’s still a great flavor that you will wholeheartedly enjoy.
Did you enjoy learning how to cook polish sausage the authentic way today? It’s easy, right?That’s all you need to know to make this delicious, hearty meal at home.
Following these simple steps will have you eating it in no time, so don’t waste any more time stressing about how to prepare the sausage.
What is your favorite way to eat polish sausage? Share your ideas with me in the comments below so I can try it, too!