This Kiełbasa Fried Rice is the quickest way to transform kiełbasa sausage and some leftover rice into an easy weeknight meal.
Here we’re adding some eggs, a fragrant soy sauce, and whatever vegetable you’ve got on hand. In this instance below – that’s mushrooms, onions and bell peppers – but feel free to improvise.
For the full list of ingredients & detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. But before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know below.
A note for my fellow Polish food enthusiasts out there:
This is one of those dishes that aren’t traditional (to Poland) at all, but its variations are present on our tables anyway. I guess you could say it’s a classic Chinese dish with a tiny Polish twist 😃.
For more recipes like this, check out the collection of kiełbasa recipes.
Do you need any special ingredients to make this Kiełbasa with Rice?
The only ingredient that might be troublesome to source is kiełbasa:
🇵🇱 For quick dinners like this one, I usually go for Kiełbasa ‘Wiejska’ (Country sausage) or ‘Śląska’ (Silesian sausage).
🌍 They’re a bit similar to what is known internationally simply as: “Polish kiełbasa”.
👉 To explain further: the name “Polish kiełbasa” is a bit misleading. It suggests there is a specific, single type of Polish sausage. But in fact, the word ‘kiełbasa’ simply means ‘sausage’ and there are many (vastly different) types available. There’s sooo many, that I don’t think I’ll get a chance to try them all in my lifetime 😁. To learn more about these sausages, check this kiełbasa guide here.
As always, I encourage you to read the label carefully. Manufacturers tend to sneak in plenty of unnecessary additives and other crap. Ideally, kiełbasa should contain only meat, salt and spices.
🍚 Rice Tip: To prevent the rice from going mushy or too sticky, it’s best to use cold rice that has been pre-cooked. It’s best to cook the rice a day before and refrigerate it immediately after it has cooled enough to do so.
What could you serve with this Kiełbasa and Rice?
Thanks to a generous amount of Polish sausage, this dish can be eaten as a meal in itself. If you need something extra to accompany your meal, a simple side salad would work well.
Can you make this Kiełbasa Fried Rice another way?
This Kiełbasa Fried Rice is really quick and easy to make using the method below – you cannot cook it using a different method.
Feel free to mix in more veggies of your choice. Popular options include: broccoli, courgette (zucchini), peppers, beans, carrots, peas and… chopped pineapple.
You could also add more protein as well, I plan to add some prawns next time.
What diets is this Kiełbasa with Rice suitable for?
This recipe becomes gluten-free as long as you swap out dark soy sauce for a gluten-free version.
This dish is dairy-free as well.
How long can you keep this Kiełbasa Fried Rice in the fridge?
Once served, consume this dish immediately. Don’t leave this fried rice at room temperature for more than an hour.
Once leftovers cool, refrigerate them immediately. Reheat and use any leftover rice (stored in the fridge) within one day.
To learn more about ‘health & safety’ issues of cooked rice, check out this article by the Guardian.
Can I freeze this Kiełbasa dish?
Yes, you can. As soon as the leftovers are cool enough, place them in an airtight container or a freezer-friendly ziplock bag. Label with description and the date, and place in the freezer.
How do I reheat this Kiełbasa Fried Rice?
Important Note: Rice should be ‘piping hot’ all the way through to render it safe for eating again.
From chilled: Place the dish in a microwave-friendly container, cover with a loosely fitting lid. Heat for 4-7 minutes until steaming hot.
From frozen: Allow the dish to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. First, cook it covered – in the microwave for 3 to 5 minutes. Stir the dish (careful, it’s hot!) and then continue cooking for 5 to 7 minutes until steaming hot.
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