Instant Pot® Kielbasa, Sauerkraut, and Potato


Some serious German-style comfort food. This dish is savory, delicious, and very quick and easy to make in the Instant Pot®.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins
6 servings


  • 2 slices bacon

  • 2 pounds fresh kielbasa, sliced into 2-inch pieces

  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced

  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar

  • 3 large yellow potatoes, chopped

  • 2 (16 ounce) packages sauerkraut, drained

  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth

  • 1 apple - peeled, cored, and diced

  • ½ cup beer

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) 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
48g Fat
56g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 767
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 48g 61%
Saturated Fat 22g 111%
Cholesterol 113mg 38%
Sodium 2759mg 120%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 21%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 61mg 305%
Calcium 82mg 6%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 1105mg 24%

* 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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