Kielbasa and Sauerkraut Skillet

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Get ready to enjoy a comforting and flavorful meal with Kielbasa and Sauerkraut Skillet. This easy-to-make dish combines the smoky goodness of kielbasa sausage with tangy sauerkraut, creating a delicious one-pan meal that’s perfect for a quick weeknight dinner.

Why Make This Recipe

This recipe is perfect for when you want a satisfying and hearty meal without spending hours in the kitchen. The combination of smoky kielbasa, tangy sauerkraut, and a touch of sweetness from brown sugar and apple juice creates a harmonious flavor profile that will please your taste buds.

How to Make Kielbasa and Sauerkraut Skillet


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 16 ounces kielbasa sausage
  • 16 ounces sauerkraut, drained
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley for garnish (optional)


  1. Heat oil on medium-high heat in a large skillet. Brown the sliced kielbasa sausage then remove from the pan.
  2. Saute the sauerkraut on medium heat and add brown sugar and apple juice to the pan. Mix together well.
  3. Add the smoked sausage back to the skillet.
  4. Mix together the browned kielbasa and sauerkraut mixture and cook until juices are evaporated. Sprinkle with parsley if desired and serve.

How to Serve Kielbasa and Sauerkraut Skillet

Serve this flavorful dish hot, straight from the skillet. Pair it with some crusty bread or boiled potatoes for a complete meal. It’s a versatile dish that can be enjoyed on its own or as a side dish.

How to Store Kielbasa and Sauerkraut Skillet

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until warmed through.

Tips to Make Kielbasa and Sauerkraut Skillet

  • Use high-quality kielbasa sausage for the best flavor.
  • Adjust the sweetness by adding more or less brown sugar according to your preference.
  • For a twist, you can add some caraway seeds or mustard to enhance the flavor of the dish.


  1. Can I use any type of kielbasa sausage for this recipe? Yes, you can use any kielbasa sausage variety, such as pork, beef, or turkey.

  2. Is it essential to drain the sauerkraut before cooking? Yes, draining the sauerkraut helps control the tanginess and prevents the dish from becoming too sour.

  3. Can I substitute apple cider for apple juice in this recipe? Yes, apple cider can be used as a substitute for apple juice, but it may alter the flavor slightly.

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