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Pressure Cooker Kielbasa and Sauerkraut

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x


Pressure Cooker Kielbasa and Sauerkraut recipe, for good luck in the New Year.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound kielbasa, cut into 1/2 inch rounds
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and diced (preferably Granny Smith)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon juniper berries
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (preferably Riesling)
  • 2 lb sauerkraut, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups chicken broth (preferably homemade)


  1. Brown a batch of kielbasa: Heat the vegetable oil in the pressure cooker pot over medium-high heat until the oil is shimmering. Add enough kielbasa, cut side down, to cover the bottom of the pot in a loose layer. (For my instant pot, this was about half the kielbasa.) Brown the kielbasa on both sides, about six minutes, then remove to a bowl with a slotted spoon, leaving behind as much of the fat as possible. (Add the rest of the kielbasa to the bowl; don’t worry about browning it - we just needed the one batch browned to flavor the rest of the ingredients.)
  2. Saute the onion, apple, and spices; add everything to the pot: Add the onion and apple to the pressure cooker pot, and sprinkle with the salt, caraway seeds, and juniper berries. Saute, scraping the bottom to loosen the browned pork bits, until the onion and apple soften, about five minutes. Add the wine to the pot, bring to a simmer, and simmer for one minute, scraping the bottom to loosen any stuck onions. Add the sauerkraut, chicken broth, and the bowl of kielbasa plus any accumulated kielbasa juices. Stir until everything is well mixed.
  3. Pressure cook on high for 12 minutes: Lock the lid on the pressure cooker, bring the cooker to high pressure, and pressure cook for 12 minutes for an Electric PC or 10 minutes in a stovetop PC. (On the instant pot, use the Manual setting, and set the cook time for 12 minutes.) When the cooking time is over, remove the pot from the heat and let the pressure come down naturally, about 15 minutes. (On the Instant Pot or other electric cookers, cancel the “keep warm” setting.)
  4. Serve: Transfer the kielbasa and sauerkraut from the pot to a platter with a slotted spoon. Serve.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Eastern European