What to Eat with Sauerkraut: 38 Ideas

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You’ve set a goal to eat fermented foods with every meal. Here are 38 ideas for what to eat with sauerkraut. 

What to eat with sauerkraut

What to eat with sauerkraut

Eating fermented foods with every meal is something we try to do daily. It’s one of the easiest, most inexpensive, and best ways to include beneficial probiotic bacteria in our diet.

Sauerkraut is one of the easiest fermented foods to make, and it has phenomenal health benefits (source). I like making sauerkraut in a giant, 5 gallon crock, so we always have plenty. Another of our favorite fermented foods is this fermented carrots recipe

But as you can imagine, having that much sauerkraut leaves us wanting plenty of different ways to enjoy it. We avoid getting stuck in a sauerkraut rut with these 38 ideas for what to eat with sauerkraut. 

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How to eat sauerkraut for health

Including fermented foods with each meal can be one of the most delicious ways to get probiotics, too. I’m about to share so many healthy recipes using sauerkraut that will give you endless ideas.

For any recipes that involve heat or hot food, it’s important to remember that the beneficial bacteria in sauerkraut will stay alive below 115ºF. To preserve every bit of probiotic bacteria, just make sure to let food cool a bit before adding sauerkraut. 

It’s also good to know that while heating above 115ºF will kill some or all of the beneficial bacteria in sauerkraut, it’s still somewhat beneficial to eat cooked sauerkraut. Just make sure to include plenty of raw sauerkraut in your meals as well. 

Recipes that include sauerkraut

Ideas for what to eat with sauerkraut

What is sauerkraut served with? Traditionally, sauerkraut is enjoyed with meats like sausage.

There are so many other ways to enjoy sauerkraut! Here are 38 ideas for new ways to include this fabulous ferment in just about any meal.

Meat dishes 

  • With any kind of pork
  • Burgers
  • In stir fry
  • With sausage
  • Meatballs
  • Casserole
  • Spare ribs
  • Stuffed cabbage
  • Hot dogs
  • Pizza
  • Corned beef

Salads and sides

  • In lettuce salad
  • Tuna salad
  • Potato salad
  • Egg salad
  • Coleslaw 
  • In salad dressings
  • Baked potato
  • In mashed potatoes
  • With rice
  • Soup
  • Plain side to any meal

Sandwiches and such

  • Grilled cheese
  • Fish tacos
  • Breakfast burrito
  • Ruben sandwich
  • Bagel with smoked salmon
  • Avocado toast
  • Sandwiches and wraps

Appetizers snacks

  • On a cheese plate
  • Deviled eggs
  • In dips
  • Cheese spread
  • With avocado
  • On eggs
  • Latkes (potato pancakes)
  • Dip or top like Salsa

Crazy but true

  • In chocolate cake

38 ideas for what to eat with sauerkraut

Things to do with sauerkraut brine

When your sauerkraut is all eaten, don’t toss that brine! It is a goldmine of flavorful probiotics. 

Use some homemade sauerkraut brine as an inoculant to kick start other homemade ferments. This will give the ferments a head start and even more beneficial bacteria.

We like to take shots of sauerkraut brine to help ward off colds and cases of flu. The high vitamin C content and probiotics are the perfect immune booster.

Things to put in sauerkraut

When I make sauerkraut, I like to experiment with adding different ingredients. These can really add some nice variety. Here are things I like to add:

  • Carroway seeds
  • Shredded carrots
  • Purple cabbage
  • Apple
  • Onion

Ideas for what to eat with sauerkraut

How much sauerkraut should you eat daily?

If you’re new to fermented foods, you’ll want to start eating sauerkraut slowly to avoid any digestive upset. The beneficial bacteria in sauerkraut will start to clean up your body. This is a good thing!

Just have a little bit the first day, and gradually increase until you’re eating as much as you want. After you’ve increased gradually, there really is no limit to how much sauerkraut you should eat daily. Just listen to your body, and follow what it wants. 

Can you eat sauerkraut raw?

Absolutely! There are different ways of making sauerkraut. The canned or heat processed versions won’t have all the beneficial bacteria that raw, fermented sauerkraut does.

Raw, fermented sauerkraut, especially homemade, is one of the best superfoods out there. We try to enjoy it as often as we can. 

Sauerkraut recipes

More about sauerkraut

Sauerkraut benefits

How to make sauerkraut

Sauerkraut recipe in a crock

How do you like to eat sauerkraut?

How many of these ways to enjoy sauerkraut have you tried? Do you have any ideas you would add to this list? Let me know in the comments!

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The information in this blog post is my personal experience and opinion. It is for general information purposes only, that may not apply to you as an individual, and is not a substitute for your own physician’s medical care or advice. Always seek advice from your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding nutrition, medical conditions, and advice. Never disregard medical advice or delay seeking medical care because of something you have read on this blog.

4 thoughts on “What to Eat with Sauerkraut: 38 Ideas”

  1. Hi Marisa,
    My toddler react to carrots and pumpkin so i wonder how am i going to make her meals not keto? I dont want her to be super low carb, in which carrots and pumpkin did help to raise the carb content of the meals if you know what i mean?

    • Yes! This can be a tricky thing to manage. Peas are another good source of carbs on GAPS intro. If she is on full GAPS, she has more options, like winter squash and fruit. I’m happy to help further in an email or Instagram message!

  2. You know how I love to share back! Beet Reubens are one of my top five favorite sandwiches. This time I swapped out the mayo with avocado and kicked up the flavor by using wasabi mustard. Oh, so dang delicious! I wish I could post a picture but trust me that it is delicious…or be brave and make one! Thanks Marisa, I love your posts!


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