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Instant Pot Pork and Sauerkraut Recipe

Written by: Lucas Johnson

This Instant Pot Pork and Sauerkraut Delight is my go-to comfort food. It's hearty, tangy, and oh-so-satisfying. The pork is tender, the sauerkraut adds a punch, and it's all ready in under an hour!

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Seeing a chunky pork loin in my fridge, an idea popped into my head - why not make something tangy, savory, and heartwarming? That's when I decided, let's whip up some Instant Pot Pork and Sauerkraut Delight! It combines succulent pork with tangy sauerkraut, creating a symphony of flavors in your mouth. Easy to make, super tasty, and bound to impress. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed!

Ingredients for Pork and Sauerkraut Delight

  • Pork loin: Tender and flavorful meat that adds protein and richness to the dish, complementing the tangy sauerkraut.
  • Sauerkraut: Tangy and slightly sour, sauerkraut adds a unique flavor profile and tenderizes the pork during cooking.
  • Onion: Sweetness and depth of flavor from onions enhance the overall taste and aroma of the dish.
  • Garlic: Adds a pungent and aromatic flavor that complements the pork and sauerkraut, elevating the dish's taste.
  • Chicken broth: Provides a savory base for the dish, adding moisture and depth of flavor to the pork and sauerkraut.
  • Caraway seeds: Earthy and slightly bitter, caraway seeds add a distinct flavor that pairs well with pork and sauerkraut.

Kitchen Tools Needed

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the pork and sauerkraut quickly while keeping the flavors intact.

Instant Pot Pork and Sauerkraut Recipe

This Instant Pot Pork and Sauerkraut Recipe is a delicious and easy-to-make dish that combines tender pork with tangy sauerkraut, perfect for a comforting meal.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine German
Servings 4 servings
Calories 350 kcal


  • Instant Pot


Main Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs pork loin cut into chunks
  • 1 lb sauerkraut drained
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Season pork with salt and pepper.
  • Turn on the Instant Pot and select the sauté function. Add pork and brown on all sides.
  • Add onions and garlic, sauté until softened.
  • Add sauerkraut, caraway seeds, and chicken broth.
  • Close the lid, set the valve to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 30 minutes.
  • Allow for a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then do a quick release.
  • Serve hot and enjoy!


For a more intense flavor, let the dish sit for a few hours before serving.


Calories: 350kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 30gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 1000mgPotassium: 600mgFiber: 5gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 50IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 100mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Instant Pot, Pork, Sauerkraut
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Make-Ahead and Freezing Tips

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the recipe as instructed, let it cool, then store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat in the microwave or on the stove when ready to eat.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cool the dish completely before freezing.
  • Place in a freezer-safe container or bag, removing as much air as possible.
  • Label with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating.

When cooking pork and sauerkraut in an Instant Pot, adding a splash of apple cider vinegar can enhance the flavors and balance the dish's richness.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a different cut of pork for this recipe?
Yes, you can use pork shoulder or pork chops as alternatives to pork loin.
How can I adjust the cooking time if I'm using frozen pork?
If using frozen pork, increase the cooking time by 5-10 minutes to ensure it cooks through.
Can I omit the caraway seeds if I don't have any?
Yes, you can omit the caraway seeds if you don't have them, but they do add a nice flavor to the dish.
Is there a way to make this recipe vegetarian?
To make this recipe vegetarian, you can substitute the pork with tofu or tempeh and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
Can I add potatoes or other vegetables to this dish?
Yes, you can add potatoes, carrots, or other vegetables to the instant pot along with the pork for a heartier meal.

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