Potato Sausage and Sauerkraut - Instant Pot

About this Recipe

When my Mother discovered that she could cook one of our favorite hearty meals of Potato, Sausage and Sauerkraut in our new Instant Pot, she was thrilled. Our family loves sauerkraut. If you are new to sauerkraut, don’t let the name fool you into thinking it is not delicious. When these three food items go together (potatoes, sausage, and sauerkraut), it feels like a match made in heaven. Like peanut butter and jam, or bread and butter, or pickles and cheese. This is a great meal for a couple of days of easy meals and can also easily be frozen and pulled out at a later date.

Grandmothers’ TIPS for Instant Pot Sausage Potato and Sauerkraut Recipe:

1. Stay home when you are cooking with the instant pot. It is a high pressure cooker and so it is important to stay around. The great news is that meals are so quickly cooked that you would barely have time to go anywhere anyways!

2. Always use enough liquid in an Instant Pot. Instant Pots need 1 ½ cups of liquid to get to and maintain pressure for cooking. You can use any kinds of liquid, but just be sure to use liquid.

3. Find the MAX FILL line on your Instant Pot and make sure that you keep your ingredients below this line.

4. Never put our face or skin above the lid when it is opening or the steam hole when it is being released.

5. NEVER force the lid open.

6. Locking the lid properly is important before any pressure cooking.

7. Refer your Instant Pot before cooking for more safety instructions.

8. Get your own Instant Pot.

9. If you are looking for a baked version of this recipe, check out the link to Grandmother’s Baked Sausage, Potatoes and Sauerkraut Recipe.

10. I LOVE to eat this meal with a scoop of sour cream and some pickled beets. Check out this link for Grandmother’s Beet Pickle Recipe.

When you’re working with Sauerkraut, you may come across some mold growing on it, especially if you’re making your own sauerkraut. If you find mold growing on your sauerkraut, you can usually just take out the pieces of cabbage or vegetables with mold on them and throw them out. The rest of the kraut should be just fine. If you’re making your own sauerkraut, there are a few things to look into to make sure that you’re not growing mold in your next batch. Making sure you’re working with a clean kitchen and clean tools and jars are top of the list. Then, make sure that your jar is full enough with just enough room for air and that you’ve added enough salt. Also, keep your fermenting veggies in a cool room of at least 65-70°F or 18-21°C. Always use fresh, high-quality vegetables when you’re fermenting since foods that are already on their way out are more susceptible to mold growth.



Makes: 6 servings

2 Tablespoons butter

1 medium cooking onion, diced

4-6 russet potatoes, peeled, washed and chopped into 2 inch cubes

1 (796 ml) jar sauerkraut (we used Kuhn but you can use our favorite brand)

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

2 pre-cooked Mennonite sausages (or sausage flavour of your choice) chopped into 2-inch chunks

Sour Cream - For serving - Optional but delicious

Beet Pickles - For serving - Optional but delicious


1. Turn the instant pot onto sauté position.

2. Add butter and diced onions and cook for about 5 minutes until transparent.

3. Add the potatoes, sauerkraut, sausage, salt and pepper.

4. Pace the lid on the Instant pot and turn the vent valve to ‘sealing’. Cook over manual high pressure for 15 minutes, then quick release. Be sure to use a damp dish cloth over the valve when releasing.

5. Open the pot and serve.

6. Delicious with sour cream and beet pickles.


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Use natural kitchen cleaners to clean not only your kitchen but also your jars and tools you’ll be using for the fermenting process. You can boil your jars in boiling water and spray them down with some white vinegar to kill mold and bacteria. White vinegar is also a great natural kitchen cleaner for kitchen clean up since it has antibacterial properties and will fight off nasty germs. So make a solution for natural kitchen cleaners like vinegar, water and essential oils like lemon, lime and orange to kill these germs. Make a mixture of half vinegar and half water and mix it in a spray bottle then add about 5 to 10 drops of the essential oils and spray the entire area with the natural kitchen cleaner. Allow it to sit for a few minutes and then take a clean cloth or sponge and wipe the entire work surface very well. Dry the surface after to reduce contamination and then also make sure you wash your sponges and dish towels frequently.

This easy dinner idea for potato, sausage and sauerkraut is the ultimate comfort food meal, perfect for those cold, cozy evenings. Serve with some sour cream and pickled beets. This sausage and potatoes recipe will keep in the fridge for a couple of days, or you can freeze it to enjoy later.

Sauerkraut is a form of fermented cabbage that has been popular throughout Central Europe for hundreds of years. It combines one of a healthy vegetable (cabbage) with fermentation. Several studies have shown that consumption of yogurt and other fermented foods may improve intestinal and extraintestinal health and might be useful in improving lactose malabsorption, treating infectious diarrhea, reducing the duration and incidence of respiratory infections, and enhancing immune and anti-inflammatory responses.(1)

References: (1) Kok CR1, Hutkins R1. Yogurt and other fermented foods as sources of health-promoting bacteria. Nutr Rev. 2018 Dec 1;76(Supplement_1):4-15. doi: 10.1093/nutrit/nuy056.

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