Kielbasa and Sauerkraut Recipe – Russian Special

Smoky kielbasa and tangy sauerkraut cooked with tomatoes and apples for a touch of the sweet are a winning combination. Healthy and delicious!

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time40 min
  • Total Time50 min

Kielbasa and Sauerkraut Ingredients :

  • 300g-350g/4 kielbasa sliced
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 80ml/1/4 cup apple cider
  • 500g/4 cups drained sauerkraut with carrots *see notes
  • ½ tsp caraway seeds
  • 1 apple grated
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf

How to Make Kielbasa and Sauerkraut


Preheat the oven to 350F/180C.


Slice the kielbasa sausage thickly and pan fry until golden on both sides. (I used no oil for this step as the sausage releases plenty of fat when fried) Remove to a plate.


To the same deep pan, add the chopped onion and sauté for 7-10 minutes, then add pressed garlic and cook for 30 seconds longer. Deglaze the pan with the apple cider.


Then add the drained sauerkraut with carrots and caraway seeds and 1 grated apple. Stir in the tomato paste and 1 bay leaf. Bring the fried kielbasa back to the pan and cook covered in the preheated oven for 40-50 minutes.

Recipe Notes:

If your sauerkraut doesn’t come with carrots, add 1 grated carrot at the same time as you add sauerkraut to the pan.