German Rice


This German-style rice recipe is a delicious mixture of some traditional German ingredients and makes for a quick and hearty meal.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins


  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 1 ½ pounds fresh bratwurst links, casings removed

  • 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced into half rings

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 2 teaspoons fennel seed

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can Bavarian-style sauerkraut, undrained

  • 3 cups uncooked white rice

  • 1 tablespoon chicken soup base (paste)

  • 6 cups water

  • ¼ cup raisins

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook Bratwurst until browned, breaking it up into chunks as it cooks, about 10 minutes.

  2. Stir in onions and garlic, and cook until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Mix in fennel seed and sauerkraut with juice, and allow the mixture to pan-fry for 2 minutes without stirring.

  3. Stir in rice and soup base until incorporated, about 2 minutes. Stir in water, raisins, and black pepper. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.

  4. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until rice is tender and almost all the water has been absorbed, about 30 minutes.


I like to use Bratwurst sausages in casing that I can remove before cooking instead of buying it ground. That way when I fry it in the pan and break it up, I can leave big chunks as well as smaller ground meat.

Alternate methods of cooking rice work just as well, like boiling until almost all of the water is even with the top of the rice mixture (no more floating rice), then remove from heat, cover and let sit for 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

716 Calories
35g Fat
79g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 7
Calories 716
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 1633mg 71%
Total Carbohydrate 79g 29%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 11mg 57%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 298mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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