How To Cook Sauerkraut? Different Ways

How To Cook Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is white cabbage. In the factory, bacteria are added to the white cabbage, making the sauerkraut sour and soft. This process is called fermentation. Sauerkraut can be prepared in many ways. In this blog, we discuss ‘how to cook sauerkraut?’.

Place sauerkraut in the pan over medium heat.  Separate the sauerkraut . Put the lid on the panBoil the sauerkraut for about 5 minutes.  Sauerkraut can now be eaten or further prepared. 

You can also prepare sauerkraut in other ways, such as an oven dish. Then read our blog ‘ How to make sauerkraut dish? ‘, because it contains surprising oven dishes.

Do you want to flavor your sauerkraut again? Then read our blog ‘ Which herbs for sauerkraut? ‘ and you always have tasty seasoned sauerkraut.

How long to cook sauerkraut

The Sauerkraut has become soft due to the fermentation process. So you don’t actually have to boil sauerkraut to cook it. You can even eat it from the package you bought. 

how to cook sauerkraut

Usually sauerkraut is heated to make all kinds of dishes, but sauerkraut alone can also be eaten very well. There are a number of ways to make sauerkraut taste good or different by adding ingredients. Below are a few examples:

Cooking Sauerkraut In Apple Juice

If you want to cook sauerkraut, but you find it too sour, you can add a cup of apple juice.

  1. Remove the sauerkraut from the package and let it drain in a colander. You can rinse the sauerkraut with water if you want. Let the cabbage drain now.
  2. Place a pan on the heat source, medium high. Add the sauerkraut.
  3. Add a cup of apple juice.
  4. Stir the sauerkraut to break it apart. You can also do this with 2 forks, so that it heats up faster.
  5. When the apple juice boils, turn the heat to low and put the lid on the pan. This will keep the sauerkraut nice and warm.
  6. After 5 minutes the sauerkraut is warm.
  7. Drain the sauerkraut in a colander.

Delicious with a boiled potato. Enjoy your meal! 

Cooking Sauerkraut In Wine

You can buy wine sauerkraut, but if you have not done this or if you like extra wine, you can add wine yourself. White wine indeed. Sauerkraut is already edible without cooking, but if you want it hot you can cook it.

how to cook sauerkraut
  1. Place a pan on the heat source. Place the sauerkraut in the pan and leave the heat on medium high.
  2. Pull the sauerkraut apart with 2 forks, this way the cabbage heats up faster.
  3. Add a glass of white wine. This must be a wine that has good acidity otherwise you won’t taste it when it’s cooked and that would be a waste of the effort.
  4. Place the pan on a low heat source so that it does not burn and put the lid on the pan.
  5. After 5 minutes, the cabbage is warm and ready to eat.


Cooking Sauerkraut In Cream

Sauerkraut can also be cooked in cream, which gives it a nice and soft taste.

  • 1 package of sauerkraut drained
  • 1 heaped tablespoon vegetable butter Garlic 1 or 2 cloves squeezed
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 sprig of rosemary or 1 tsp dry rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to your liking
  • 125 ml vegetable soy cream
how to cook sauerkraut

Preparation method:

  1. Place a saucepan on a heat source and fry the onions in it until they are translucent in some vegetable butter.
  2. Now add the garlic for one minute. Stir this through the onions.
  3. Add the sauerkraut and pull it apart with 2 forks so that the sauerkraut heats up earlier.
  4. Add the cream and rosemary and stir well.
  5. Put the lid on the pan and cook the sauerkraut gently for about 20 minutes so that the herbs can absorb.
  6. The cream can make the sauerkraut taste a bit softer, so taste what you think of your creation and add salt and pepper to pick up the taste.

This delicious creamy sauerkraut tastes great with mashed potatoes or boiled potatoes. Enjoy your meal!

Cooking Sauerkraut In Microwave

This sauerkraut recipe with apples gives a delicious taste explosion! What do you need to cook sauerkraut in the microwave:

For 4 people you need:

  • Sauerkraut 1 pack
  • 2 apples
  • Soy cream 125 ml
  • Cinnamon
  • Pepper and salt

How do you proceed:

  1. Drain the sauerkraut in a colander.
  2. Peel both apples and cut them into cubes.
  3. Place the sauerkraut in a microwave oven.
  4. Add the cinnamon to the soy sauce with a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir this well.
  5. Add the soy sauce with cinnamon to the sauerkraut.
  6. Add the apple to the sauerkraut and stir through.
  7. Place the bowl covered (with a microwave lid or microwave foil) in the microwave so that the moisture does not evaporate, otherwise the sauerkraut will become too dry.
  8. Set the microwave to 700 Watts and set the time to 10 minutes.
  9. Stir the sauerkraut after 10 minutes to see if it’s hot enough, otherwise put the bowl back in the microwave for another 5 minutes. Taste to see if the sauerkraut needs a little more salt and pepper. Then add this and stir it in.

Delicious with a boiled potato or mashed potatoes. Enjoy your meal!

Sauerkraut Cooking Casserole

There are countless variations to make a sauerkraut casserole. Below is a vegetable variation that uses vegetable-based minced meat and bacon, but which are just as tasty.

What do you need to cook a tasty sauerkraut for 4 people with an oven dish: 

  • 500 grams sauerkraut drained
  • 125 grams of vegetable bacon (I buy these at AH)
  • 125 grams of vegetable mince
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • 100% vegetable butter for frying (you can buy everywhere)
  • 600 grams Mashed potatoes (mash the potatoes with warm soy milk and a knob of vegetable butter and salt and pepper)

Preparation method:

  1. Fry the bacon briefly in a little butter to make them a bit crispy, but be careful, they don’t have to cook. Set them aside.
  2. Brown the minced meat, if it isn’t already, and taste to see if it’s to your liking. Note that this minced meat does not have to cook as long as ‘real’ minced meat, so taste it while you bake this. And put it at the bottom of the microwave dish.
  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper over it.
  4. Remove the sauerkraut from the packaging and take it apart so that you can spread it nicely over the minced meat.
  5. Sprinkle the thyme over it.
  6. Spoon the mashed potatoes over it and sprinkle a pinch of pepper over it to make it nice and spicy.
  7. Place the casserole with sauerkraut in the oven and let it heat for 20 minutes. The mashed potatoes can also brown nicely now. It may take a little longer because every oven is different.

Enjoy your meal!

We hope you got enough inspiration from the recipes above. They are manuals so that you can try out for yourself what is easiest and tastiest for you. Have fun cooking sauerkraut!

Abbas Jahangir

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