Easy Vegetable, Rice, Kielbasa Skillet

Easy Vegetable, Rice, Kielbasa Skillet

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Ahhh kielbasa. A throwback to my childhood and my Polish roots. Growing up, kielbasa and pierogies were staples in our household. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started experimenting and seeking out different ways to incorporate kielbasa into meals. If you’ve never had it before, you should definitely try it. It is a smoked meat, WAY tastier than any sausage I have purchased. In fact, whenever a recipe calls for sausage, I always replace it with kielbasa :). This Easy Vegetable, Rice, Kielbasa Skillet makes use of Kielbasa and combines it with vegetables, rice, and cheese for a filling meal. With minimal prep and cook time, this Easy Vegetable, Rice, Kielbasa Skillet comes together in only 30 minutes, leaving you plenty of time to unwind after a long day :).

Vegetables, rice, and kielbasa in a stainless steel skillet sitting next to a small glass bowl of shredded mozzarella and a single stainless steel spoon. Everything sits on a white marble background.

Easy Vegetable, Rice, Kielbasa Skillet

This dish comes together in under 30 minutes and contains plenty of protein and fiber, making for a filling meal.
4.7 from 11 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: kielbasa, kielbasa recipes, skillet meal
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 557.6kcal
Author: The Panicked Foodie


  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
  • 12-16 oz kielbasa
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 12-16 oz fresh or frozen broccoli florets (if using frozen, they need to be thawed)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Freshly ground Himalayan pink salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2-1 cup grated Mozzarella


  • Prepare rice according to package instructions. For more flavor, cook rice in chicken or vegetable broth in place of the water.
  • While rice is cooking, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. When oil starts to shimmer, add the kielbasa and brown (~5 minutes).
  • Add garlic, cook for an additional minute.
  • Add pepper, onion, broccoli, water, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.
  • When both the rice and the kielbasa mixture are each finished cooking, scoop some rice into a bowl, top with kielbasa mixture, Mozzarella and serve.


For this dish, I prefer to refrigerate the rice and the kielbasa mixture separately. This way the rice doesn’t get soggy upon reheating.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Vegetable, Rice, Kielbasa Skillet
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 557.6 Calories from Fat 199
% Daily Value*
Fat 22.1g34%
Saturated Fat 7.2g45%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 7.6g
Cholesterol 67.4mg22%
Sodium 794.9mg35%
Potassium 634.4mg18%
Carbohydrates 65.7g22%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 5.8g6%
Protein 24.1g48%
Vitamin A 2340IU47%
Vitamin C 96.3mg117%
Calcium 208.5mg21%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Nutritional information on The Panicked Foodie is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site.

11 thoughts on “Easy Vegetable, Rice, Kielbasa Skillet”

  • Looks good! I’m not a big cook so I definitely need something “easy” to make! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  • Looks SO yummy. Will have to bookmark and try. Quick dinner ideas are ALWAYS going to capture my attention because who really has time at the end of a long day! Can’t wait to give this a shot.

  • I always love to try new cuisines as I am such a foodie and while I am a vegetarian I am still excited by your vegetable rice and kielbasa skillet which sounds incredible. I would use some veggie sausages and the follow your recipe down to a T. And I have never tried a ‘pierogi’ before, what is it? It sounds tasty!

  • This looks so simple t cook, plus I’m happy since it has everything vegetables and rice as well. SInce , I’m a vegetarian, I believe that I shall replace the meat with Tofu, whats say?

  • 5 stars
    I’m drawling right now with this recipe. Never tried that much polish food but this makes me want to book the next flight there!

  • I’ve never heard of kielbasa, but it sounds like I really need to try it! This is a great recipe and I love that it only takes 30 mins. Will defo have to give it a go!

  • 5 stars
    I just made it and it is awesome. I made it exactly according to instructions. The smell and taste are wonderful. I highly recommend it.

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