Kielbasa Fried Rice

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Replace your typical chicken or beef in fried rice with Polska Kielbasa for a delicious flavor packed skillet meal that is ready in about 15 minutes.


Kielbasa Fried Rice


The only thing that makes a skillet meal any better is when it tastes as good as this Kielbasa Fried Rice.  My family couldn’t quit raving about it! We LOVE fried rice, and my go to Fried Rice Recipe has never failed me.  Typically though, I use chicken or steak in it.  I had a great idea to make it with our favorite Hillshire Farm® Beef Polska Kielbasa Sausage.  I love when my bright ideas work out like this did!


Kielbasa Sausage is one of those things I always have on hand.  It has rescued me when I was in a dinner crunch more times than I can count.   One of my favorite meals as a kid, and my kids love it, too!  It’s super versatile.  Many times I just make it and we have it with buttered noodles and a vegetable.  It’s a quick and easy meal for busy weeknights.    


Kielbasa Fried Rice - An Affair from the Heart


With minimal mess and hardly any fuss, and this meal is on the table in less than 30 minutes, and there is only one pan to clean up.   It’s a win-win situation, don’t you agree?  Plus, you can make this amazing recipe for your family, and pat yourself on the back when they tell you how much they love it!



Ingredients in Kielbasa Fried Rice:

  • Kielbasa Sausage
  • Onion, peas, carrots
  • garlic
  • Sesame Oil
  • Reduce Sodium Soy Sauce
  • Sticky Rice
  • Egg


Frozen Veggies vs. Fresh:

I have made this recipe with fresh carrots from the produce section, but most of the time I buy a bag of frozen peas and carrots.  It makes it even quicker when you use them. 


What type of Kielbasa to buy?

Kielbasa sausage has lots of options, too.  You can buy the all beef sausage, the turkey, a lite version or the traditional Polska Kielbasa like I used here.  The nice part is that it’s smoked already, so it’s cooked.  You are truly just warming it up.  So I sliced it while it was cold, and tossed it into the skillet to make this fried rice.  It’s packed with flavor so it really adds to the tastiness of this meal. 


Best Rice Option:

This recipe always turns out best with sticky rice.  That is best achieved when you use “day old rice.” Next time you cook up some rice, make extra and set it aside to try this Kielbasa rice.  I have a super duper top secret way to make this the most simple way possible though.  Are you ready for this?  Buy some rice from your local Chinese restaurant.  Or, like I did the last time I made this, from HyVee’s Chinese take out counter.  My grocery store has a Chinese take out section of their deli department.  Locals here affectionately call it “Hy-Chi” — while you’re there, grab a couple of crab rangoon and fortune cookies to have with it! 



Kielbasa Fried Rice one pot meal

Add sesame oil to your skillet and sauté your sliced kielbasa, onion and garlic for about 5 minutes.  


Kielbasa Fried Rice

  Add in frozen carrots and peas. Sauté for 5 minutes.



Kielbasa Fried Rice one pot meal

Push the kielbasa and veggies to the side.  Add in a little more sesame oil, and drop your eggs in.  


Kielbasa Fried Rice one pot meal

Scramble the eggs there in the pan.  When they are cooked, toss them with the veggies and meat.  


Kielbasa Fried Rice one pot meal

Add in sticky rice and soy sauce mix in and heat through.  


Kielbasa Fried Rice Skillet Meal


Serve it right out of the skillet, for a one pan meal that is satisfying and quick.


Kielbasa Fried Rice one pot meal


Other Favorite Kielbasa Recipes:



Recently I shared a recipe for Cauliflower Fried Rice.  It is really delicious, and helps to lighten up the carbs, using cauliflower rice instead of regular rice.  I think it would be great with the kielbasa added in!


Kielbasa Fried Rice

Let’s make some Kielbasa Fried Rice! M.



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Kielbasa Fried Rice

Replace your typical chicken or beef in fried rice with Polska Kielbasa for a delicious flavor packed meal in a skillet!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Easy Meals
Cuisine: Asian/American
Keyword: Kielbasa Fried Rice
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 475kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 4 cups cooked rice this recipe works best with day old sticky rice
  • 12 ounce package Hillshire Farms Polska Kielbasa sliced
  • 4 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 cup carrots diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce
  • Tops of 3 green onions sliced


  • In a large skillet heat Sesame oil, add garlic, sliced sausage, onion and carrots. Sauté for about 5 minutes.
  • Add in peas. Stir, continue to cook until sausage is browned and the veggies are the desired tenderness. About 5 minutes.
  • Push the mixture to one side of your skillet and in the other, add a little sesame oil, scramble your eggs. Mix it all together.
  • Add rice and soy sauce and continue cooking for another 5 minutes.
  • Top with green onions and serve hot from the skillet.


Make this recipe even quicker and easier with these ideas:
  • buy rice from a Chinese take out - that sticky rice works great!
  • use frozen peas and carrots - if you use the frozen peas and carrots mixture, add them when it says to add peas in the original recipe.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 475kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 1045mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g
This post was originally brought to you courtesy of Hillshire Farm® but all the opinions and content are my own.
Kielbasa Fried Rice - An Affair from the Heart

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  1. I changed up a few things in this recipe, I used jasmine rice instead of white rice. I also subbed soy sauce with liquid aminos(which is a soy sauce alternative.) I added one extra egg but could probably have added two extra just because I really like eggs!
    It was super delicious and so easy and quick to make.
    This is now a regular is my household! Everyone loves it!

    1. Your twist sounds amazing!! I am tickled you love the recipe! Thank you for taking the time to let me know!

  2. What a great idea to add kielbasa to fried rice! Thanks! This looks delicious and you have inspired me for a quick delicious one pan dinner for tonight! 🙂

  3. Great meals like this are what gets me through the weeknights. My whole family enjoyed this – and I loved how easy it was!

  4. I’ve made this twice, and it turned out great both times! I made the rice in the Instant Pot while I chopped everything up. Easy and yummy recipe!

  5. Found this recipe by accident. Was looking for something different for kielbasa other then sauerkraut/periogies. I used regular soy sauce and jasmine rice. I didn’t have sesame oil, but had a stir fry oil in my pantry. Turned out good, but I feel it’s missing something. Maybe bacon fat? Will definitely make again. I will also use this recipe and substitute the kielbasa for pork or chicken. Thanks!

    1. Hi, Chrystal – It’s been a long time since I wrote this recipe. I didn’t measure it in that manner at the time – looking at it now I would venture a guess of about 1/5 cups or so. It fed our family of 6 nicely. IF you make it, you can divide it into 6 portions? I am sorry it’s not more accuarate.

  6. You updated it with measurements!!! Yay!! I winged it when I made it a couple of weeks ago and it was amazing but I’m the kind of gal that follows measurements exactly so imagine my stress when I find no measurements for anything in this recipe! Haha! I’m so happy I’ve got a better idea this time! Thank you!

    1. Hi, Angel! There have always been measurements 😉 You may have just looked at the ingredient list and not gotten to that printable recipe card at the bottom? Either way, I am happy you circled back and that you like it! <3

  7. Just made this exactly per recipe, and it’s perfect! So easy for busy/lazy evenings! Love this and will definitely be a keeper recipe! Thanks!

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