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kielbasa and sauerkraut in a bowl
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5 from 4 votes

Kielbasa and Sauerkraut

A quick and easy Kielbasa and Sauerkraut dinner that takes right around 30 minutes to prepare in a pressure cooker!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: German
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 810kcal
Author: Hilda Sterner


  • pressure cooker


  • 4 medium potatoes (chopped in large chunks)
  • 1 small yellow onion (sliced)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon caraway seeds (optional)
  • 2 oz bacon (4 slices)
  • 4 cloves garlic (diced)
  • 8 links German sausages or 2 lbs. kielbasa (fully cooked)
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple (chopped in large chunks)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 lb. sauerkraut (drained)
  • 6 oz German beer (¾ of a cup)


  • Peel potatoes and slice in half. Chop each half into thirds. Next, peel the garlic and roughly chop the apple.
  • Slice the onion, and mix with the potatoes. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper. If using caraway seeds, add them too. 
  • Slice the sausage on the bias (at an angle).
  • Select the “saute” setting on your pressure cooker/Instant Pot. Add diced bacon until some of the fat is rendered (if it’s too lean, add 1 T. oil)
  • Add the potatoes and onions and saute until they begin to brown (approximately 3 minutes).
  • Next, add the sausage and garlic and saute a few minutes longer.
  • Add the chopped apple to a bowl, along with the brown sugar, sauerkraut, and 6 ounces of beer. 
  • Drink the rest of the beer while you work on dinner, you deserve it! 
  • Stir the contents of the bowl and add to the Instant pot/pressure cooker.
  • Lock the lid and seal the vent. Select “pressure cook” and set the timer to 5 minutes.
  • (It will take approximately 5 minutes to seal and start counting down). 
  • After the time has elapsed, do a “natural release” for 3 minutes.
  • Carefully remove the lid and serve.


  • If you don't like caraway, try sage, thyme, or your favorite herbs.
  • If you don't want to use beer, you can use apple juice instead. You might want to leave the brown sugar out though so that the dish is not overly sweet.
  • Peeling the potatoes is optional. If you decide to leave them unpeeled, make sure you scrub them thoroughly first.
  • To cook this dish on the stovetop, follow the recipe directions up to the point where everything is in the pot, then cover and cook until the potatoes are tender, and sausage is cooked (if using Braatz).


Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 810kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 2339mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 14g