Fried sauerkraut is traditional pub fare at its best. It can be fried hot, until crispy or gently warmed kraut so that it is still probiotic. Regardless, it is a delicious addition to all sorts of meals.
If you’re anything like me, then you immediately think, sauerkraut whenever you see cabbage for sale in the grocery store. In the fall, I usually end up packing several quarts of sauerkraut. Not only is sauerkraut probiotic, but it’s packed with flavor and my favorite way to eat cabbage.
Fried sauerkraut is a simple and delicious way to add sauerkraut to all sorts of meals.
It’s a natural addition to all sorts of pan-fried dishes
- Sauteed tempeh
- With eggs for breakfast
- Bavarian sausages or kielbasa
- Grilled cheese sandwiches
- Pan-fried potatoes
Fried sauerkraut also makes a quick and easy side dish for pretty much any meal. It adds tanginess, salt, and flavor to everything from a traditional Sunday roast to a vegan Buddha bowl.
What About The Probiotics?
If you are really into making fermented sauerkraut, then it might seem blasphemous to cook it. However, pan-fried sauerkraut is still a delicious probiotic option.
The trick to not killing the friendly Lacto-bacteria is to be quick with the heat. Most Lacto-bacteria can withstand temperatures of up to 115 F (46 C).
Here’s how to make sure your fried sauerkraut is still probiotic.
- Make sure the kraut is very dry before adding it to the pan. Wring out the excess liquid if necessary. This will make sure it cooks quickly.
- Add the sauerkraut after everything else in the pan is ready to serve.
- Fry for just long enough to warm the kraut, but not until it is hot.
Quick Fried Sauerkraut
Fried sauerkraut is a delicious side dish, perfect for serving with all sorts of pan-fried meals: eggs, potatoes, sausages. Try it next to grilled cheese! See the section above if you want to make fried sauerkraut that is still probiotic.
- Cook Time: 2 minutes
- Total Time: 2 minutes
- Yield: Serves 4
- Category: Side dish
- Method: Fry
- Cuisine: German
- Diet: Vegetarian
- 1 cup of sauerkraut
- 1 Tbsp cooking oil
- Scoop 1 cup of sauerkraut out of a jar. Place it in a fine-mesh strainer to drain for at least 5 minutes.
- Use the back of a spoon to squeeze out any residual liquid.
- Warm a frying pan on medium heat.
- Start by cooking everything else that is going to be served with the sauerkraut.
- When all the other food is almost ready, take a large spoonful of sauerkraut (about 1/2 cup per person) and drop it on the frying pan.
- Fry for 2 to 4 minutes, until warmed through. If you don’t care about the probiotics, it’s fine to fry until the kraut starts to turn golden brown and crispy on the edges.
- Serve immediately.
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