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Instant Pot® Kielbasa, Sauerkraut, and Potato

Rated as 4.17 out of 5 Stars

"Some serious German-style comfort food. This dish is savory, delicious, and very quick and easy to make in the Instant Pot®."
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1 h 10 m servings 767
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot(R)) and select Saute function. Add bacon; cook until crispy, 8 to 10 minutes. Pull bacon out with tongs and set in a bowl. Add kielbasa to the pot; lightly brown on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove with tongs and place in the bowl with the bacon.
  2. Saute onions in the pot until soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Crumble the bacon and add to the pot. Stir in brown sugar. Add potatoes, sauerkraut, chicken broth, apple, beer, and salt. Mix gently.
  3. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 12 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.
  4. Release pressure using the natural-release method for 10 minutes according to manufacturer's instructions. Release remaining pressure carefully using the quick-release method. Unlock and remove the lid.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • You can use yellow or russet potatoes.
  • If you'd like to substitute liquid smoke for the bacon, melt 3 tablespoons butter in the pot before adding kielbasa. Stir in 3 drops liquid smoke before adding the broth. I suggest adding the drops to a teaspoon to avoid accidental overuse of smoke.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 767 calories; 47.8 56.4 25.5 113 2759 Full nutrition

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12-27-2018 ~Supper was not a big hit in this house tonight. This recipe’s best feature is that there is no messy, greasy stove-top to clean and just one pot. That’s where the positives end for ...

I love sauerkraut but didn't have any on hand. Instead I used the leaves from the large head of cauliflower I had. I washed, then chopped up the leaves and tossed them in the pot. It turned ...

I have been making this for years. I also add a couple of tbs brown sugar and some caraway seed, about a tsp. You can also add pork chops or ribs on top of the sauerkraut before cooking. My f...

We made the recipe as written, it was pretty good, but a bit bland for our taste, maybe adding a tablespoon of Country French Dijon mustard would have hit the spot. But a very easy and tasty mea...