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 5minutes
Cook Time 9minutes
Pressurizing time 12minutes
Total Time 24minutes
Author Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
2poundsSmoked Sausage or Kielbasacut in chunks
2poundsSauerkrautjar or bag works fine
6Potatoeswashed & cubed - I prefer Yukon Gold potatoes that don't need peeled
3sprigsRosemaryDill can be substituted
1cupbeeryour favorite flavor - we like Blue Moon or Yuengling
2tablespoonsvegetable oiloptional 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