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Instant Pot New Year’s Sauerkraut & Turkey Sausage Recipe

New Year’s Day special meal of sauerkraut and sausage quick and easy in your Instant Pot. Super simple dump, mix lock the lid Instant Pot Recipe. A traditional New Year’s Day recipe of pork and sauerkraut made super simple so you can enjoy the day. 

It is traditional in my family and in my husband’s family to have sauerkraut and pork for the weekend of New Year’s Day. I have made this recipe many times and it is a great quick and easy Electric Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot weeknight dinner meal.

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In doing a quick look on the internet you can find that the tradition of eating sauerkraut and pork on New Year’s day and the week after, started in Germany.  Many of the traditions I learned growing up involved the German traditions and we always started January out by eating Sauerkraut.  Jim’s family also had this tradition, so naturally, this year, as all of the Januarys in our marriage, started out with Sauerkraut and Turkey Sausage.  Pork is good luck for the New Year, but I do not believe the superstition police will fault us for substituting turkey as we are watching our weight.

Electric Pressure Cooker New Year's Sauerkraut & Turkey Sausage Recipe

In the ever ending battle to eat healthily, our family no longer eats many pork products. We have switched almost all are pork recipes to Turkey versions. We have been eating turkey bacon for years, and when a recipe calls for sausage I always replace it with turkey sausage. So for New Year’s day, this year I swapped out the sausage and sauerkraut and sausage for our regular go-to Turkey sausage. Jenny O is one of my favorite turkey products and I also often use Hillshire Farm.

Electric Pressure Cooker New Year's Sauerkraut & Turkey Sausage Recipe

My electric pressure cooker makes this dish a snap to make on New Year’s Day. We are often exhausted from the holiday events but need a hearty warm meal to confront the huge task of taking down all the Christmas decorations. When the weather is warm, as it was this year we start on the outside.

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Simple Step by Step

The first step is to take the bag of sauerkraut, rinsed it, and placed it in the Instant Pot. I cubed my sausage and mixed it in.  My mother’s tradition for sauerkraut is always to add Caraway Seeds, so I added a teaspoon of caraway seeds and stirred. Make sure to add 1/2 cup of water so that the Instant Pot will create steam. 

The next step is to lock the lid, turn the dial to 10 minutes, and your hands-free sauerkraut and sausage cook itself. We went outside and started removing some of the outdoor lights, and when we were done the dish was on keep warm ready to eat.  The smell of cook sauerkraut and caraway seeds Bring back fond memories of holidays past and relaxing days after Christmas and enjoying family.

 I hope you will find this quick and easy Electric Pressure Cooker recipe one your family will love as this recipe is one that is easy to assemble and serve.

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Electric Pressure Cooker New Year’s Sauerkraut and Turkey Sausage

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Traditional New Year’s Dish of Sauerkraut & Sausage


Units Scale
  • 1 Bag of Sauerkraut
  • 1 Package of Turkey Sausage, cut in to bite size chunks
  • 1 teaspoon of Caraway Seeds
  • 1/2 cup of water


  1. Place all ingredients in the electric pressure cooker or instant pot.
  2. Secure the lid
  3. Timer on 10 minutes.
  4. Wait until the pressure cooker releases the pressure naturally.


  • Total time may be longer depending on how long your cooker takes to get to pressure.


  • Serving Size: 4
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  1. Yummy! I love polish sausage and sauerkraut! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. With the Electric Pressure Cooker you do not have to worry. The lid will not open until the pressure is released. And it will not build pressure if you do not put the lid on correctly. So much safer than the old ones.

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