How to stew sauerkraut?

fried sauerkraut

Some people are interested in how to make fried sauerkraut. In fact, the question is not correct because you cannot fry sauerkraut. You can stew it. If you fry, sauerkraut will be tough.

Stewed sauerkraut is popular in Russia and other countries (Germany, Poland) because it is delicious and you are able to eat it as a side order or use for making many other dishes.


  • 2.0-2.2 pounds of sauerkraut
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4-5 black peppercorns
  • ¼ teaspoon of caraway seeds

But if you use sauerkraut with caraway seeds you need not add spices in the recipe.

1. Remove sauerkraut from its juice.

2. If you have very sour sauerkraut rinse it in cold water, if it is not very sour do not rinse it.

3. Chop onion.

chopped onion

4. Fry onion in oil over moderate heat for 5-8 minutes.

fried onion

5. Mix fried onion with sauerkraut. Add your bay leaf and black pepper. Fry for 5-10 minutes stirring occasionally.

stewed sauerkraut

6. Pour water over your vegetables. Cover your pan and stew over small heat for 30 minutes stirring some times. If the water boils away, pour a little boiling water.

stewed sauerkraut under water

7. Add tomato paste and caraway seeds. Stir sauerkraut up well. Cover the pan and stew for 30 minutes.

fried sauerkraut with tomato paste

8. By now stewed sauerkraut should be nearly ready. Add 1 teaspoon of sugar if you want your sauerkraut to has sour-sweet flavor and stew it for 5 minutes.

That is all. Fried sauerkraut is ready. You are able to serve it as a side order or use as an ingredient for various dishes, for example, for dumplings with sauerkraut.


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Comments: 3
  1. Sneha

    This looks delicious!Please don’t get me wrong, but that saukaerrut looks a bit weird. Much too bright. Sorry, I’m from Germany.Add some laurel, cumin and/or juniper and clove. Leave the pepper in! Then cook it twice with boullion for a couple of hours low and slow !Enjoy!

    1. Rusakraut (автор)

      It’s a Russian recipe. It may be a bit weird for Germany.

  2. ace

    Australian version; chopped cabbage gently fried in olive oil till wilted, add 1/4 cup malt vinegar and 1/2 cup beer, plus Tablespoon of seeded mustard. Boil till evaporate liquid, serve and be astounded.

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