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Instant Pot Kielbasa Sauerkraut and Potato Recipe

As I started to layer the fresh ingredients into the pressure cooker I can’t help but remember my fears of this process just a short time ago.  The Instant Pot Kielbasa Sauerkraut and Potato Recipe featured on today’s share was my first attempt at pressure cooking with my own recipe.

Kielbasa Sauerkraut Recipe on New Years Day

Instant Pot Kielbasa Sauerkraut and Potato Recipe

It is a tradition to serve up kielbasa and sauerkraut for many Polish Americans in the Midwest.  In the Toledo area, you can visit Stanley’s Market on the North side.  The Kielbasa I use in today’s recipe is from that market only I purchased it at my local Kroger in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Instant Pot Kielbasa Sauerkraut and Potato Recipe

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Instant Pot Kielbasa Sauerkraut and Potato Recipe

It is true what they say about doing something often will help build up confidence.  This is how I feel about my experience with the pressure cooker or instant pot.  With that in mind, add what you love to the pot and be sure you have the correct cooking time for the meat to be safely cooked.

Instant Pot Kielbasa Sauerkraut and Potato Recipe

Recipe by Bren HaasCourse: MainCuisine: German AmericanDifficulty: Medium


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Cooking time




  • 1 pound of fresh Kielbasa Pork

  • 1 small head of cabbage (chopped)

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar


  • 3 teaspoons caraway seeds


  • 2 teaspoons celery seed

  • medium yellow onion (diced)


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon whole peppercorn 

  • 4 medium potatoes (sliced)

  • salt and pepper (optional)


  • Sauté onion in a tablespoon of olive oil in the bottom of pressure cooker set on ‘sear or sauté mode’. 

  • Keep the Instant Pot (electric pressure cooker) hot and brown the sides of the kielbasa with onion mix moved to the side of pot.

  • Once the meat is brown, add remaining ingredients to the pot leaving cabbage and spices last. Pour in 1/2 cup of white vinegar.

  • Follow the pressure cooker recommended setting for pork.  Let the pressure cooker run cooking cycle and slow release. My electric pressure cooker takes 25 minutes and 15 minute slow release to get pork up to 150*F. 

  • Serve with fresh soft Bavarian pretzels or other fresh bread. 

  • Be sure the pork is prepared to recommended internal temperature. Every Electric Pressure Cooker has different heat and time settings.

This is my recipe and Images… inspired by a fresh head of cabbage and my trip to German. Find the link to this product for you to purchase below or on my shop page.

Relish From German For The Kielbasa Sauerkraut Recipe

I had a few packages of the relish I brought back from Germany that I used on the soft pretzel I baked up.  The Bavarian pretzels are from Aldi.  These taste pretty darn close to the ones we enjoy on your trip


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