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Crock pot sausage sauerkraut and potatoes is an easy dish to make for your family and friends.  This makes a lot so serve it at any gathering.

Crock Pot Sausage Sauerkraut

We love this easy crock pot recipe!  Sauerkraut and potatoes just seem to go together.  Add some Polish sausage and you have a meal in a pot!  This is real comfort food and my family is all about comfort food. We love easy crock pot recipes and this one is definitely a keeper.  You can cut this recipe in half or double it for a group of people. This dish is even better the next day after it has been refrigerated overnight.

Crock pot sausage sauerkraut and potatoes makes a great weeknight meal for your family.

2 (14 ounce) cans sauerkraut, undrained (or 1 (2 pound) bag)
5 or 6 potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 cup water
1 pound Polish sausage, cut into chunks (could use smoked sausage)
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon pepper

How to Prepare:

 Place sauerkraut and potatoes in crock pot, add spices and water.  Place sausage on top and cook 4 hours on high (6 hours on low) until potatoes are done.  Makes 6 to 8 serving. Enjoy this easy crock pot recipe!
Crock Pot Sausage Sauerkraut
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Crock Pot Sausage, Sauerkraut and Potatoes

This easy crock pot meal is wonderful! Easy to make and the perfect comfort food. 
Prep Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: Crock Pot Dinner, Crock Pot Sausage Sauerkraut Potatoes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 2 14 ounce cans sauerkraut, undrained (or 1 (2 pound) bag)
  • 5 or 6 potatoes peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pound Polish sausage cut into chunks (could use smoked sausage)
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Place sauerkraut and potatoes in crock pot, add spices and water. Place sausage on top and cook 4 hours on high (6 hours on low) until potatoes are done. Makes 6 to 8 serving. Enjoy this easy crock pot recipe!

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  1. How would the flavor be affected if I don’t use the caraway seeds? My husband cannot have seeds, and I think he would love this!

  2. Gordon Brown says:

    I want to make a 6 quart crock pot of this do I just double the contents and a just my cook time

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Yes, I would try that. It may take a little less than double to fill a six quart but you can adjust if you need too. I would just use the same time on the crockpot.

  3. Linda ward says:

    I brown the meat first in butter, and you can use any kind of dog or sausage. Then I sauté 1 chopped onion til tender. Transfer to crockpot then Add the sauerkraut , 1/2-3/4 cup white wine instead of water and 1 tsp. Salt, caraway seeds, 1/2 tsp thyme,& 1/4 tsp. Blk. pepper. Add the sausages and or dog and potatoes. Cook for4-6 hrs. Til potatoes are tender.

  4. I was thinking perhaps I could partially precook the potatoes and then brown brats before putting into a crockpot. I use to make this recipe in the oven and the sauerkraut married into the potatoes and were to die for. It was called The Wurst Dish.

  5. grew up eating but my mom used hotdogs not sausage

  6. What size Crock-Pot?

    • The Southern Lady says:

      I use a 3 quart crock pot but you can use a larger one if you like.

      • I have a similar recipe but this one looks better. Based on that recipe, do you think the recipe would benefit if I used beer instead of water? Had anyone tried doing that? If yes, how did it come out?5 stars

      • The Southern Lady says:

        I have not tried using beer Leslie but it might be good. Let us know if you try it.

  7. This looks so nostalgic! It reminds me exactly of a recipe my grandpa used to make for the family when I visited him when I was younger! We would always have sausage, sauerkraut and potatoes as a family dinner. I can’t wait to make this at home and revisit that nostalgia! Thanks for sharing!

    • The Southern Lady says:

      What a wonderful memory! Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you enjoy the recipe. Have a wonderful weekend.

  8. Kathy Lucas says:

    Would it be ok to add onions and chicken stock or should i not

    • The Southern Lady says:

      I see no reason why you can’t do that Kathy. I think it would be fine to add those ingredients.

  9. I’m making this right now as we speak. I added a little bit of brown sugar and I added carrots. Follow the entire rest of the recipe as it says. Can’t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing

  10. The Southern Lady says:

    I have only made it by the recipe.

    • Debbie Kanngiesser says:

      This recipe totally failed for me. The potatoes never cooked to soft. I even transferred it to a pot on the stove with more water for an extra 45 minutes. The potatoes never got softer and the texture was weird. Luckily the meat and sauerkraut was ok so wasn’t wasted. Not sure what went wrong as such a simple recipe that I’ve made for years on the stove.

      • The Southern Lady says:

        It sounds like there was something wrong with your potatoes or your crock pot is not getting hot enough. I don’t think it had anything to do with the recipe when you can’t get the potatoes to cook even on the stove.

  11. Would it be ok to use polska kielbasa instead?

  12. Pamela Gurganus says:

    Per my great-grandmother who hailed from the old country, we sprinkle a little light brown sugar on top too. To die for!

  13. I have this recipe in the crockpot and if it tastes half as good as it smells it will be delish.

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Crockpots cook at such a slow temperature and that is the reason it takes so long Sabine. Also, you can go to work or be gone for hours and leave them on. It takes the potatoes so much longer to cook in a crockpot. Really as long as the potatoes are done you would be ok but they also give the ingredients longer to marry making for a tastier dish. Hope this helps.

  14. I love sauerkraut and the flavor of caraway, but hate biting into the seed. I put the caraway in a teaball and throw it in. Great flavor and you don’t have to deal with the seeds. I also use the teaball in my lasagne sauce for fennel seeds. Again, great flavor but bitter seeds.

  15. Nancy Quigley says:

    I have two crock-pots cooking right now! One for my husband and I. One for my daughter and son-in-law. Smells so good,can’t wait for dinner! Thanks for the recipe!

  16. Hello, I am new to the cooking world with a crock pot, can i leave it on low all day for about 8 hours? Should i add some extra water ? I am making it tomorrow morning before i leave for work. Thank !!

  17. My mother made this growing up and during last few minutes she would use Bisquit. And make drop dumplings from the drop biscuit recipe and drop them on top, put lid back on til done. Oh so good! They take on the taste of sauerkraut so fluffy and good. Everyone I make the for just loves them!

  18. This was really easy and delicious!!

  19. Saw the recipe on FB and shared with my FB friends. Since I loved all the ingredients and had it, I came home and prepared this. Sill cooking it, but I can’t wait until it’s done. Actually made my mouth water! I know I’m going to have a terrific dinner this evening! Thanks for sharing!!!! 🙂

  20. Just made this for my husband, he loved it!

  21. I make this quite often but I also add an apple quartered twice over and a cup of apple juice. Gives it a slightly sweet flavor. This is also good using boneless country style pork ribs instead of sausage or even brats.

  22. Do I have to use caraway seeds and bay leafs I don’t have any

  23. I made sauerkraut for the first time and it should be ready in about another week. Can’t wait to try this!!

  24. Heading to the store now for ingredients. My husband posted this to my page and asked me to PLEASE make this lol

  25. Delores Hicks says:

    Can shredded cabbage be use instead of the Kraut it is bitter but I guess I could add the sugar as some-one suggested

  26. Thank you for all your hard work. I hope people appreciate all that you have done. How many times have a bought cook books and found only 1 recipe I really liked. What a waste of my money. Everything you have posted that I have tried has been excellent. Thank you again and it is FREE! Goodness, one can’t go wrong with that!

  27. I’ve been making this for years, but mine is a little different. I use bavarian kraut instead of regular sauerkraut and I also add an apple cut into slices and a cup of apple juice. It’s a great variation. Also good with brats instead of polish sausage.

  28. I have this in the crockpot right now. Thank you for the recipe. ( I’m making it just like you wrote, not sure why people feel the need to post how they changed it on YOUR site) Have a great day 🙂

  29. The Southern Lady says:

    Just leave them out, Jennifer.

  30. pat edmunds says:

    Put a couple Tablespooncs of brown sugar in…it will cut a bit of he sauerkraut taster if you don’t like it so strong.

  31. Love this recipe Judy…and all your other recipes I’ve seen and saved into my recipe folder!!! I also learned a different version from a sailor friend’s sailor dad back in the early 1970’s. Only omit the sauerkraut and add a quartered onion, some celery (cut in about 3” slivers), sliced carrots and potatoes, butter, and cut the Polish sausage (or your choice of sausage) into bite size pieces, then add enough beer to cover over all of it in a foil lined roaster. Your choice of seasonings. Cover all of it with the foil then put the lid on. Bake at 350º for about an hour or until the vegetables are done. The alcohol cooks out and flavors everything like you won’t believe!!! I usually fix this for a new year’s special dinner when family comes over and sometimes a few extra times during the year. This sounds very much like a Pot Roast doesn’t it? Only use the Polish Sausage instead of a Roast. Try it…you’ll like it, I guarantee!!


  32. rinse sauerkraut first, taste much better and for those that do not like it they may find that it is not so bad, I grew up on this meal

  33. looks real good I will have to try this

  34. I love this recipe..also love your website,look forward to all your great recipes!!!

  35. you are my husbands new best friend:)

  36. What is the best not so spicy sausage? This really brings back childhood memories…German grandma..♥I think she made it with the hocks and ham…..

  37. Very similar to a recipe I’ve made over the years.
    Basically a good ole’ German dish.
    Only cook pork hocks, then add the potatoes, saur kraut, even a little onion. Try putting in quarted apples on top with skins on still. Boy your in for a treat.

  38. We grew upon this dish even before crockpot was invented…but….Grandma used Browned country ribs. Still one of my favorites but will try this one as well

  39. Kathryn Woody Bruckner says:

    looks so yummy, I cant wait to try this!! Thanks…

  40. I would like to make this. But truthfully I don’t know where I would find Polish Sausage…I’ve see Keilbasa and prepackaged….is that what you use? Or is it in the meat department? Maybe its a regional thing why I cannot find it here. Suggestions? Brands, etc.?

  41. Can i used precooked?

  42. is the sausage precooked or not?

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  44. What great timing! Just recieved my order of Smoked Sausges form a smokehouse in New Braunfels TX! Making this tomorrow!

  45. Patricia Lawrence says:

    I have made a stir fry, Sausage sliced, Suate with green onions or reg onions. sliced carrots , small red potatoes sliced, Peas and shredded cabbage, I use a combination of olive oil and butter, add almonds and salt and peppers, We like it and it is healthy. The saurkraut recipe is one I grew up on a family favorite,

  46. This looks so good,to me.not much for caraway seeds ,but will try. That apple suggestion sounds good too.

  47. Hi Judy !! Loving your recipes !! We are going to try this one tonight ! Every single one of your recipes I have tried, my hubby gives it 5 stars and wants to have it again !


  48. Hi Judy,

    I so enjoy your website.

    Just prepared this easy recipe & turned the old crock pot on high. So around 6:30 tonight, we wil find out how yummy this is. It looks like a keeper so far. Thanks 🙂

  49. Hi Judy, I Love this recipe, I have made something similar for years. I use Keilbasa, instead of the polish sausage, though either would be good. I also peel and dice 2 Apples, & add 1 T. of Brown Sugar, in place of the water, I use 1 Cup Apple Juice. Our Family Loves this..

  50. I make a very similar recipe but I add a can of beer instead of the water. Yummy!n and of course the alcohol cooks off.

  51. Hi Judy, I cooked this today and it tasted good! My family like it, especially my elder gal! She loves the soft and tender sausages and the sauce. 😉
    Tks for sharing your great recipe! I’ll be trying out other of your recipes in future, 😀

  52. Tks so much, Judy! I’ll be trying this within the next two days! I’ll let you know how it turns out when I cook it. 😉

    PS: So sorry for my late reply. ;(

  53. I’ve been looking at this recipe since you posted it, and I finally made it today. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? This is the BEST dinner I’ve made in a long time! It was yummy. I added a little salt and garlic powder, it was heavenly! Thank you!

  54. I’ll be trying this one-yum-and easy too!

  55. Looks so good. Love this.

  56. Yes, you can use just regular cabbage.

  57. What a wonderful meal. That sausage has my name on it.

  58. Hi Judy – How does that saying go??? GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE! I have a very similar recipe ready to post at my blog tomorrow!! lol This IS delicious…a new twist on an old recipe for me. I was tickled to see it here and can vouch for the fact that it’s truly delicious! =)

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