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Easy Sauerkraut Recipe

My grandmother's easy sauerkraut recipe requires just 3 ingredients and 15 minutes!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine European
Keyword sauerkraut, sauerkraut recipe, sauerkraut with bacon
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 59kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 4 slices (about 4 ounces) bacon, diced
  • 1 (27 ounce) can sauerkraut
  • 1 ½ tablespoons brown sugar
  • Optional garnish: caraway seeds; chopped fresh parsley; chopped fresh dill


  • Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook bacon until crispy (about 5-10 minutes).
  • Drain off most of the bacon grease, leaving about 1 teaspoon in the bottom of the pot.
  • Drain sauerkraut, but reserve the liquid from the can.
  • Place drained sauerkraut and brown sugar in the pot with the bacon. Heat over low heat until warmed through and sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. Add enough of the reserved liquid from the sauerkraut until the dish reaches the desired consistency. Serve right away, or cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


  • You can use any store-bought or homemade sauerkraut recipe that you prefer. My mom recommends the Silver Floss brand, so that's what I use!
  • To prepare this recipe in advance, cook the sauerkraut according to recipe instructions. Cool to room temperature, pack in an airtight container, and keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • Reheat the sauerkraut on the stovetop over low heat, just until warmed through.
  • You can safely store leftover sauerkraut in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Feel free to add more bacon for an extra smokey, decadent flavor!
  • Try sautéing some diced sweet onion with the bacon for an added layer of flavor and subtle sweetness.


Serving: 1/8 of the recipe | Calories: 59kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.8g | Protein: 2.9g | Fat: 2.6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 815.3mg | Potassium: 181.1mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 5.3g