Sauerkraut is a great condiment that is easy to incorporate into any classic recipe for a kick of flavor that includes a bit of spice, sweetness, and saltiness all in one. Read on to discover new tips and tricks to incorporate sauerkraut in your meals. As well as answer the question, What foods go well with sauerkraut?
From the traditional topping of a hotdog to topping off scrambled eggs, here are ten uses for sauerkraut, the most delicious fermented condiment.
One tablespoon of sauerkraut is packed full of goodness in both flavor, probiotics, and nutrients. One bite pays off enormously by making positive changes in your digestion.
10 Ways to Eat Sauerkraut That Will Have You Asking for More
1. Sauerkraut and Salad
A popular use for sauerkraut is as a topping on salads. Carrots, lettuce, green onions, cilantro, parsley, really any vegetables you have, add sauerkraut, drizzle with a little olive oil, and a dash of salt if needed. Mix, and you have a delicious side dish.
Try this simple sauerkraut salad recipe by Hormones Balance.
2. Sauerkraut and Eggs
Prepare your eggs the way you like them, scrambled, fried, or make an omelet. Then top with a few tablespoons of sauerkraut. Be sure to drain the sauerkraut first. Eggs and sauerkraut make a delightful combination!
3. Sauerkraut and Avocado
CUt an avocado in half and fill with sauerkraut. The creaminess of the avocado blends well with the salty and tangy sauerkraut. Enjoy!
Or, mash the avocado and sauerkraut together in a bowl and top will a little feta, as Cameron Diaz does in her recipe.
4. Sauerkraut Sushi
You may never go back to traditional sushi after one bite of Sushi Avocado and Sauerkraut! It’s packed with flavor and perfect for a quick lunch. Try this easy Avacado Sauerkraut Sushi recipe.
5. Sauerkraut and Stir-Fry
Add a little tangy flavor to your favorite stir-fry by stirring in some sauerkraut just before serving.
6. Sauerkraut and Rice Bowls
Rice bowls: A bowl of rice, steamed greens, a dash of salt, and a healthy serving of sauerkraut (place the sauerkraut in between the rice and greens to warm it up without killing the probiotics).
7. Sauerkraut and Sandwiches
Whether it’s a traditional Rubin, corned beef, ham & cheese, pesto & cheese, I could go on! Slather two slices of bread with a generous schmear of mustard and mayo. Arrange a layer of everything, stack it high, then top with a few heaping tablespoons of sauerkraut.
8. Sauerkraut Topped Baked Potatoes
Baked potatoes always taste better when sauerkraut is added to them. Top a baked potato with a little grated cheese, thyme, sour cream, diced tomatoes, and cold sauerkraut. Season with salt, pepper, and caraway.
9. Sauerkraut and Sausages
Kielbasa (or your favorite sausage) with sauerkraut is an easy family meal that can be grilled, cooked in a skillet, or baked in an oven. This simple recipe is in regular rotation throughout the summer!
Try a traditional Austrian way, served with sauerkraut as a side with spicy sausages and fried potato slices.
10. Sauerkraut Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Cheese and sauerkraut are as perfect as peanut butter and jelly. In my opinion! Whether you slap some cheese slices and white bread together or go all out with Gruyere and Pumpernickel, sauerkraut is sure to blow the roof off any grilled cheese sandwich. I saved the best for last because sauerkraut grilled cheese sandwiches are my favorite way to eat sauerkraut.
Tips on Preparing Sauerkraut
Is Your Sauerkraut Too Salty?
If your batch of sauerkraut is too salty, give it a quick rinse. This will wash off some but not all of the beneficial bacteria. Learn more about fixing sauerkraut that is too salty. Here are more tips on how to fix sauerkraut that is too salty.
Sauerkraut Brine is Worth Its Weight in Gold
Have some leftover brine? Drink its probiotic-rich goodness, use it as a gut-shot, mix in with your favorite salad dressing, or use it as a starter for your next vegetable fermentation recipe.
Avoid Cooking Your Sauerkraut
If you want to keep the healthy benefits of fermented sauerkraut, then use it as a topping or a side to another dish. It’s OK to stir sauerkraut into a bowl of soup and warm it up, just don’t fully cook it.
Or simply cook the recipe with added sauerkraut and chase it with a tablespoon or two of raw sauerkraut. You are golden!
Sauerkraut is one of the easiest fermentation recipes to make on your own. By making your own, you can get creative and add your own flavors and personality to all of these dishes and experiment with totally new characters.
If you would like to make your own sauerkraut, try my homemade sauerkraut recipe.
If you are fermenting for the first time, check out these tools to ensure your first sauerkraut batch is a success.
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