Pierogies and Kielbasa

Browned onions in butter make a simple sauce for this easy one skillet meal with Polish origins of Pierogies and Kielbasa.

Dinner doesn’t get much better than potato and cheese stuffed mini Pierogi served with warm smoked sausage or Kielbasa!

Skillet full of browned and buttery Pierogies and Kielbasa

If you enjoy this recipe you may also enjoy our Kielbasa Mac & Cheese, Sausage, Peppers, Onions & Potatoes Skillet, or Sausage Jambalaya.

Pierogies and Kielbasa Recipe

Tender onions simmered in butter with warm Pierogies and Kielbasa creates an easy family meal in under 20 minutes!

This skillet meal browns meat and onions then adds even more flavor to mini Pierogies by sautéing them in the extra butter in the skillet. Each bite of simple but hearty pierogi is made richer with pork smoked sausage.

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Just like our Kielbasa and Noodles with Cabbage the butter and onions really flavor these classic ingredients well.

Save time by using frozen perogies and boiling according to the directions on the package. We like Mrs. Ts classic cheddar mini pierogies, but your favorite flavor will work well. Sharp cheddar cheese and a creamy whipped potato mixture fill this variety.

Skillet of pierogies coated in butter and browned onions with brown slices of Kielbasa nestled in

What Are Pierogies

Pieorgies are pasta circles filled with small amounts of mashed potatoes, cheese or sauerkraut. The dough is folded into a semi-circle shape and the edges are pinched shut to create a dumpling. Once cooked and fried in butter these morsels make a delicious meal.

Here are Step-By-Step Instructions to Make Homemade Pierogies if you enjoy cooking!

Ingredients Needed:

  • Kielbasa or smoked sausage
  • Frozen mini Pierogies
  • Butter
  • Yellow Onion or Sweet Onion
Four simple ingredients to make pierogies and Kielbasa

Recipe Tips

  • Brown is a flavor, not just a color on the Kielbasa and Pierogies, so don’t skip these steps to save time.
  • Vegetable oil can be used to brown the meat, but using a generous amount of butter is key to flavoring the meal.
  • Mini pierogies are preferable to full sized ones as they are quicker and easier to grab a bite of along with a piece of meat.
  • Do not use paper towels to drain the sausage while the onions are simmering, keep as much butter on the meat as possible.
  • We use half of a bag or a small box of Mrs Ts mini Pierogies which weigh about 1/2 ounce each.
  • Leftovers reheat well and can be stored in an airtight container or bag in the refrigerator for 3 – 4 days.
Plate with easy pierogies and kielbasa cooked in butter and onions

Step By Step Instructions

Prepare mini pierogies according to the directions on the package.

We like to add to boiling water, allow the water to return to a boil for 3 minutes and then drain. Set aside.

While they are cooking prepare ingredients by cutting Kielbasa into thin slices or cut thicker slices in half. Chop onion coarsely.

Add 2 tablespoons of butter to a large skillet and begin to melt over medium-high heat. Add Kielbasa and turn often using tongs until lightly browned on each side.

Once Kielbasa is warmed through and browned set aside retaining as much buttery goodness as possible. I like to spoon onto drained pierogies to start adding butter to them!

Add more butter to the skillet, then stir in onions. Stir often until softened and translucent.

Stir in those flavorful bits of browned sausage and enjoy the aroma!

Once onions are tender add pierogies and Kielbasa and stir together well. Use a wooden spoon to help coat ever bite generously with the butter in the skillet.

Continue to cooke for a few minutes until the outside of the pierogi dough is lightly browned and all ingredients are warm.

Close up soft and tender pierogies with warm Kielbasa recipe

Serve immediately and enjoy!

Best Way To Cook Frozen Pierogies

We find that boiling frozen pierogies is the easiest way to keep them moist.

Add pierogies to a pot of boiling water so that they are covered with water.

Allow water to return to a boil. Cook for 3 minutes, then drain and serve.

Sautéing, baking, deep frying, air frying and grilling are all options.

What To Serve with Pierogies?

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Kielbasa and Pierogi recipe in a simple skillet with butter and onions

Pierogies and Kielbasa

Servings 5 servings
Author: Jennifer
Browned onions in butter make a simple sauce for this easy one skillet meal with Polish origins of Pierogies and Kielbasa.
Dinner doesn’t get much better than potato and cheese stuffed mini Pierogi served with warm smoked sausage or Kielbasa!
4.34 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound Kielbasa thinly sliced
  • 25 mini Pierogies
  • 1 medium onion coarsely chopped


  • Cook pierogies according to the directions on the package. We prefer to add to boiling water; return water to a boil for 3 minutes. Drain and set aside.
    25 mini Pierogies
  • Add 2 tablespoons of butter to a large skillet over medium high heat. Add Kielbasa and turn often until browned. Set aside.
    5 tablespoons butter, 1 pound Kielbasa
  • Add 3 more tablespoons of butter to an empty skillet and saute onions until tender.
    1 medium onion
  • Stir in Pierogies and Kielbasa until they are well coated in butter and warmed through. Serve warm and enjoy!



Calories: 646kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 19gFat: 45gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 1360mgPotassium: 250mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 350IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 3mg

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  1. Courtney Weng says:

    Could you use something besides onions for the sauce? My family isn’t a fan of onions 🙁

  2. Can I make this and then freeze it, thaw overnight and reheat?

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There! I haven’t tested this, but I think it would work well. Please let me know if you give it a try. Thanks 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    Very good… My husband love it.

  4. What kind of pierogis is best?? We have the sweet cheese kind, anyone ever use those for this recipe?

  5. 3 stars
    Mixed results… I loved it and husband was meh.

  6. 5 stars
    Quick, easy and yummy! I didn’t use onions, just some onion powder. It turned out great, thanks for the recipe!!

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Love hearing this! Thanks so much for letting us know and thank you for visiting our site 🙂

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