Pork Loin with Sauerkraut and Apples
By :Kellyann Petrucci
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This is a traditional German dish often served on New Year’s Day for good luck. The cooked apples, onions, and kraut are sometimes served over mashed potatoes. It might sound like a crazy combination, but the flavors meld to create a sweet and savory sauce. Try them over cauliflower mashed potatoes to soak up all that goodness.
Votes: 31
Rating: 4.03
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Course Main Course
Cuisine German
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Meat
Duration 1-2 hours
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Apples, Pork, Sauerkraut
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2-3 pound pork loin roast
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pink Himalayan salt or Celtic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper freshly ground
  • 2 tablespoons butter or ghee
  • 2 large onions chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 cup chicken bone broth
  • 4-6 cups sauerkraut rinsed and drained
  • 3 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and chopped
Course Main Course
Cuisine German
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Meat
Duration 1-2 hours
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Apples, Pork, Sauerkraut
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2-3 pound pork loin roast
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pink Himalayan salt or Celtic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper freshly ground
  • 2 tablespoons butter or ghee
  • 2 large onions chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 cup chicken bone broth
  • 4-6 cups sauerkraut rinsed and drained
  • 3 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and chopped
Votes: 31
Rating: 4.03
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Instructions
  1. Season roast with salt and pepper.
  2. Set your Instant Pot to the Sauté setting. When display reads "hot", melt the butter or ghee, and brown the roast on all sides.
  3. Remove the roast from the cooker and add onions, garlic, and broth. Scrape brown bits from the bottom of the pot.
  4. Return roast to the Instant Pot. Using the Manual setting, adjust to high pressure and set to cook for 45 minutes.
  5. When time is up, use the quick release method to release pressure and quickly add sauerkraut and apples to the cooker.
  6. Bring back to full pressure for 5 minutes and again use the quick release method.
  7. Slice and serve with sauce. Enjoy!
35 replies
  1. MB48
    MB48 says:

    Overall, this recipe is bland. I had to use a little extra salt and stone ground mustard on the side to make the final product taste decent. I researched other similar recipes online, and most had more ingredients to increase flavor. I recommend using some of those recipes ingredients to boost this instant pot version.

  2. hr14pioneer@gmail.com
    hr14pioneer@gmail.com says:

    It was OK. It definitely needs longer than 45 min under pressure. I think 55 would be more like it. It could use more spice as well, not necessarily herbs. Allspice would compliment it very well. I used about 2 1/2 cups of kraut per 1.5 lb. of pork, which I thought was way too much.

  3. Javalvr
    Javalvr says:

    My husband and i loved this. Pork was so tender and the apples gave the saurkraut taste so good. I will keep this in my favoritex

  4. kidiekar
    kidiekar says:

    Alright. I tried this recipe first. I never put apples in my roast before, so i only used one, just in case. I put in a chopped potatoe too.
    I did the 55 minutes like one of the reviewers noted.
    Awesome. Meat fell apart while i was trying to slice it.
    This recipe is a keeper.

  5. Sandimager1268
    Sandimager1268 says:

    Awesome recipe! We really liked the suggestion to serve over mashed potatoes, hubby loved it!

  6. Tarapot
    Tarapot says:

    This worked well with a 2 lb pork loin at 45 minutes. To prep, i patted the loin dry, scored it a bit, seasoned it pink salt, freshly-ground pepper, and freshly-ground mustard before searing it. Added sauerkraut (drained but not rinsed), keilbasa and apples and 1/2 cup sauerkraut juice after QR. Five more minutes under pressure and another QR. turned out very well – house smells wonderful. I won’t be shy about an extra 5-10 minutes the next time.

  7. Jamesonl
    Jamesonl says:

    Simple, easy to make, and tastes delicious! The pork wasnt dry at all, and the contrast of the flavors was great!

  8. Miranda
    Miranda says:

    This looks so good!! I always love the combination of sauerkraut and apples — now I can’t wait to add pork loin too! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Bonnie
    Bonnie says:

    I made this last night and it was a huge hit with my family. The 45 minute cook time resulted in a tender roast that was not quite falling apart. If you like that texture, 5 more minutes would probably do. The sauerkraut and apples cooked together to make a delicious topping. I’ll definitely make this one again!

  10. Proudgma3
    Proudgma3 says:

    Made this today, for New Year’s Day Dinner, and it was amazing! I am a semi-picky eater and was leary about putting it on my mashed potatoes; but went for it and couldn’t believe how good it was! Actually tasted like somebody else made it…lol!

  11. Deborah Fazenbaker
    Deborah Fazenbaker says:

    It all worked out perfectly. I added caraway seeds because it was New Years Day and we do that for luck. Later, when I added the apples and sauerkraut I also threw in a bag of mini carrots. It was ALL just delicious and the sauerkraut was by far the best I have ever had in my life. Awesome. Great recipe and very easy to do.

  12. Omelgares
    Omelgares says:

    Good recipe, I felt the roast was a bit on the dry side but with the juice from the broth it evens out. Added carrots along with saurkraut and a some garlic powder for extra punch

  13. BubbleNSqueek
    BubbleNSqueek says:

    I’ve made this three times in the last month and am making it again tonight. It’s been a hit everywhere I’ve taken it. I do suggest using 1/2 the kraut.
    I buy fancy kraut (contains cabbage, Kale, salt, coriander, dill, turmeric, and chili pepper) and prefer it over plain kraut in this dish. It has a lovely balance of flavors.
    Don’t forget to start draining the kraut when you put the meat in so that it has time to drain. Also, I usually drain some liquid from the whole dish when it’s all done.

  14. Dare2bfaithful
    Dare2bfaithful says:

    I will use this recipe again and again -My family loves Pork & Sauerkrat, we have it at least once a month. This recipe was by far the best we have ever had. Made it exactly how it was written. This was my first IP dinner and I am excited to use it tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that….

  15. Gordon Lynn
    Gordon Lynn says:

    I tried this for the first time and it’s going into my prestige recipe file. I normally cook exactly as the recipe reads but this time I cooked the onion, sauerkraut and apples the entire time with the roast. The result was a perfect pork loin roast with a delicious chutney.

  16. pigscoven
    pigscoven says:

    I am learning my instant pot lux mini. I want to try this recipe. I do not know what set it manual setting on high for 45 minutes mean. I see an option setting for meat/stew setting and pressure cook. Is it one of those? I have used the rice and saute settings. I am just a little confused on how to do a manual setting. And mine is only the lux mini and maybe I don’t have the same settings as the larger ones. Thank you for helping me understand this.

  17. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi Pigscoven,

    The Lux models only have high pressure. Just ignore when it says set to high. If it called for set for low, you will need to lower the cooking time for luxs

  18. DianeF
    DianeF says:

    Omg delicious.

    Loved the saurcraut sauce on mashed potatoes. We were unsure about this but loved it.

    The pork so tender and flavourful.

  19. pigscoven
    pigscoven says:

    Instant Pot,
    Which model is the best that has all these settings? I am testing this recipe today and will follow up a review.

  20. pigscoven
    pigscoven says:

    This turned out really good in my instant pot lux mini. Since I am cooking for one, I did adjust to 1 lb of pork tenderloin. I decreased the onion to one and two cloves of garlic. I used the meat setting on more for the 45 minutes and then when I added the sauerkraut I used pressure cook option for 5 minutes. It turned out really tender:) oh and I did diced one apple, not the three.

  21. Bob Pulley
    Bob Pulley says:

    This is exactly what I do….”The cooked apples, onions, and kraut are sometimes served over mashed potatoes. It might sound like a crazy combination, but the flavors meld to create a sweet and savory sauce.” I make instant pot applesauce beforehand to go with this. Nothing better imo. 5 stars all the way. Thanx. bp

  22. navylady
    navylady says:

    It was fantastic!!! Comments suggested serving over mash potatoes so I did….It was GREAT ( I used instant) . I used pork tenderloin and it was only 1.7 # so I cut down only used 2 C sauerkraut and only used 2 apples I did ADD 1 more garlic clove. Other than that cooked as they said. This is a KEEPER….Right up there with my mom’s sunday pot roast!!! I’ll be making this Again and again and……..

  23. Laraine
    Laraine says:

    Love love love this recipe! Easy to make and I like that it’s not over spiced! Some in my home add stone ground mustard and others love it straight out of the pot! I add cubed potatoes and whole carrots with the kraut and apples. I let the final 6 minutes Pressure release pressure naturally.

  24. Linda
    Linda says:

    Made this tonight for dinner. Made a few changes; used a 4 1/2 lb pork loin boneless roast, doubled the apples, used 1 red and 1 white sweet onion, tripled the garlic, I added Jack Daniels stone ground mustard with horseradish (you do not taste the horseradish, but it gives it an extra layer of wanted flavor). Seasoned the meat with onion, garlic powder, salt pepper and Adobo seasoning before browning. Curled meat around the sides of the pot to form the circle as it was so big. 1 C. chicken broth. ; Onions and Garlic. cook high pressure for 25 min. If internal temp is 145* or more remove it to a dish to rest. Used 2 lbs sauerkraut, drained liquid into measuring cup.Used 1/2 cup juice from kraut, and kielbasa, & apples and added to pot during the last 5 min cook. The flavor of the Kielbasa really helped kick up the flavor. This was Great!

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