10 Minute Sausage & Sauerkraut

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I almost didn’t even post this 10 Minute Sausage & Sauerkraut because it’s so ridiculously fast and easy, and requires such few ingredients, that it can hardly even be considered a recipe!

However, I posted pictures of this meal a few times during our March on Motivated Challenge and had several requests for the recipe, so I thought I’d share how I put it together and prove just how easily you can stay on plan – even if you’re the Ultimate Drive Thru Sue! 

At the bare minimum, you just need 2 ingredients for this recipe: sausage and sauerkraut! I usually whip it up with 4-5 ingredients by adding a bit of butter, ground pepper, and nutritional yeast to the other two. Caraways seeds are a nice addition too, if you have them on hand. 

Essentially, all you do is slice the sausages into coins, fry them up over medium heat until they get a bit crispy on the sliced edges, dump in a pile of sauerkraut, turn up the heat, and stir-fry the two ingredients together until the liquid is evaporated and you’re left with sausage flavor-infused sauerkraut! 

A lot of people wonder about what type of sausage they should use on plan, because most contain sugar. A little sugar is necessary for curing for most sausages, and are on-plan if they have less than 2 grams of net carbs per serving.

Breakfast and Honey Garlic Style sausages usually have too much added sugar, so I try to stay away from those. Smoked or precooked Kielbasa, Italian, Farmer’s, and BBQ-style sausages tend to have a low sugar content, and having them precooked makes this 10 Minute Sausage & Sauerkraut main dish super speedy. 

I use lacto-fermented sauerkraut in this dish. Since I add it at the end of the cooking time, it still has many of its probiotics. The cheapest and easiest place to find lacto-ferment sauerkraut (if you don’t make it yourself) is at your local Polish or other Eastern European grocery shop. One 8-serving jar costs me a mere $2.00! You’re looking for sauerkraut that’s made with just cabbage, salt, and/or water. Sauerkraut in a vinegar brine kills the probiotics. 

I also buy my sausage and lacto-fermented dill pickles at our local Polish Butcher Shop!

I love serving this dish with dill pickles and sour cream on the side for a true, Eastern European flair. We would eat this at the International Village Festival where one of our daughters did Ukrainian dancing (they served it with perogies, of course!).

Yield: 4-5 servings

10 Minute Sausage & Sauerkraut Skillet | THM: S, GF, DF option

10 Minute Sausage & Sauerkraut Skillet | THM: S, GF, DF option
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 tbsp butter (or olive oil if DF)
  • 4 precooked or smoked BBQ-style sausages (or Kielbasa), sliced into coins
  • 2 cups sauerkraut


  • black pepper
  • nutritional yeast
  • dill pickles
  • sour cream


  1. Melt butter (or heat olive oil) in large frying pan or skillet. Slice sausages into coins, and fry in butter over medium heat until they get a bit crispy on the sliced edges. Dump in sauerkraut. Turn up the heat, and stir-fry the two ingredients together until the liquid is evaporated.
  2. Optional: Season with black pepper and nutritional yeast if desired. Serve with dill pickles and sour cream.

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4 thoughts on “10 Minute Sausage & Sauerkraut”

  1. When I make this, I add some onions cooked until translucent, and about 2 tsp. superset with a drop or two of molasses. Yum!

  2. I cannot wait to make this at home. This looks delicious! Haven’t gone out and made a recipe like this in a while. So excited to try it – thank you for sharing!

  3. Before to cook sauerkraut you should wash it with hot water.Put into a frying pan and let it vaporize until it gets dry.After that add butter,onion,shredded carrot, sugar and salt for taste.Cook approximately for 15 min.Add a sausage or kielbasa.


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