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white plate with layers of sauerkraut, smoked sausage and potatoes next to fork

Instant Pot Sauerkraut and Sausage

This Instant Pot Sauerkraut and Sausage is an easy recipe and delicious way to enjoy pork and sauerkraut.
Smoked and savory sausage, hearty potatoes and unique sauerkraut notes are wonderfully balanced with beer and fresh rosemary.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, German
Keyword Instant Pot Sauerkraut and Sausage
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Pressurizing time 12 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 665kcal
Author Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life


  • Instant Pot
  • Slotted Spoon
  • Peeler


  • 2 pounds Smoked Sausage or Kielbasa cut in chunks
  • 2 pounds Sauerkraut jar or bag works fine
  • 6 Potatoes washed & cubed - I prefer Yukon Gold potatoes that don't need peeled
  • 3 sprigs Rosemary Dill can be substituted
  • 1 cup beer your favorite flavor - we like Blue Moon or Yuengling
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil optional for browning sausage


  • Browning sausage on saute setting in Instant Pot is optional. Some enjoy the flavor that browning brings out. Brown sausage in 2 tablespoons of oil if doing this step.
  • Drain most of the liquid from sauerkraut and place in the bottom of a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot.
  • Add cubed potatoes, chunks of sausage and sprigs of Rosemary.
  • Pour one cup of beer evenly over the top of all ingredients.
  • Seal the pot and cook on high pressure for 9 minutes or stew for 30 minutes. When the timer beeps and cooking is done perform a quick release to remove all pressure.


  • We enjoy Kielbasa or Smoked Sausage - I usually choose based on price at the grocery store
  • A bag of frozen green beans can be added between the sauerkraut and potatoes if desired
  • I prefer Yukon gold potatoes have a tender skin and do not require peeling
  • Potatoes can be substituted for cauliflower and/or beets - know that beets will likely turn the sauerkraut pink
  • Chicken broth can be substituted for beer
  • Fresh rosemary OR dill can be used, or fresh herb can be omitted
  • Sauerkraut does not have to be drained, but I've found that having too much liquid in the pot makes this recipe too soupy


Calories: 665kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 2304mg | Potassium: 1433mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 27IU | Vitamin C: 47mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 11mg