How to Make Braised Sauerkraut at Home

Braised Sauerkraut

Today I will share the recipe of making a German cuisine at home. The recipe is Braised Sauerkraut. You can make this cuisine within an hour.

I was on a visit to Poland with my family. There were various restaurants that served German cuisines. As we wanted to taste Poland’s traditional cuisines, we visited one of the restaurants and they served us Braised Sauerkraut. We all loved this cuisine. After the trip, I missed this cuisine, so I surfed the internet for this recipe and found a good recipe that tastes similar to what we had.

For Braised Sauerkraut, all you need is to drain the Sauerkraut and keep aside. Cook onions in wine in a pan for few minutes to make them tender. Add the Sauerkraut and the remaining ingredients together with the onions. Cook them for 30 minutes on low flame. Uncover the pan till the liquid dries up and done.

The list of the remaining ingredients is given below. It is a simple one-pot recipe. No hassle to transfer one ingredient to another utensil. It involves slow cooking process; this is why it is cooked on low flame to extract out the flavours. But here are some other amazing recipes that you should definitely try.

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Ingredients for Braised Sauerkraut

  • 2 pounds Sauerkraut
  • 3 cups Onions (thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup Dry White Wine
  • 3 cups Chicken or Vegetable Broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Thyme Leaves
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Salt
  • Fresh Ground Pepper

Make a list of the ingredients before heading out to the supermarket. Do not forget to check your pantry first as you may find few or all of them there. Now take a look at the time this dish takes to be prepared.

How Much Time It Will Take To Prepare Braised Sauerkraut?

Preparation TimeCooking TimeTotal Time
5 minutes40 minutes45 minutes

Preparing a Polish cuisine in less than an hour is really great. We all like such recipes which are less time consuming and comes out delicious. Now, take a note of the steps to be followed.

Steps to Make Braised Sauerkraut

Braised Sauerkraut recipe
  1. Take the sauerkraut and drain it. Remove the excess fluid by squeezing it with the help of your hands. Keep it aside.
  2. Take a large saucepan. Add onions and wine to it. Cook them for 8-10 minutes or till the onions get tender on minimum flame.
  3. Add sauerkraut, caraway seeds, thyme, bay leaves, salt, pepper and broth to it. Stir them well. Cover the pan and bring back the flame to a minimum for 30 minutes. Stir it occasionally. 
  4. Remove the lid and bring it to boil till the liquid evaporates completely. 
  5. Taste it and add some salt and pepper if needed. Remove the bay leaves and discard them.
  6. Serve hot.

Note– If you prefer to have some liquid in this dish, then do not dry it out completely. Keep some liquid as per your desire.

Nutritional Breakdown of Braised Sauerkraut

Let’s take a look at the nutritional level of this dish.


If you have any question regarding this Polish dish, you can ask in the section below. If you like this recipe and want more such recipes, write some suggestions in the comment section. I will try to get back to you. I hope you will like it. So have fun making them. I would love to hear from you the reviews. Enjoy!

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