If you’re like me, you’ve discovered how easy it is to ferment foods like sauerkraut at home. And that means you’re left with heaps of fermented goodies. We all know sauerkraut is great on brats, but there’s got to be more culinary possibilities, right? In this article I’ll cover 30 different ways to eat sauerkraut, and I promise you’ll find a handful you’ve never even considered.
1. Tuna Salad
A classic snack, tuna salad usually contains pickles, sometimes in the form of relish. Why not switch out the brined cucumbers for the more nutritionally significant but still tangy and satisfying sauerkraut?
2. Amp Up Your Eggs
Eggs are a staple, high protein breakfast in many homes. Give them something a little extra by adding some classic or flavored sauerkraut for some extra kick.
3. Cheese and Crackers
For a quick bite, try topping American or goat cheese that has been placed on a buttery cracker with a small dollop of sauerkraut.
The classic reuben is a simple yet sophisticated sandwich that hits the spot like no other. Slap together some sauerkraut, Swiss, and corned beef with a little thousand island dressing on a couple pieces of toasted rye bread, and you are in for a treat. And if you don’t eat meat, no worries, try replacing it with some roasted beets.
5. Bagel and Lox
You cannot beat a bagel and cream cheese in the morning to get the day started right, especially when topped with some savory smoked salmon. Create something even more magical for breakfast by adding a little sauerkraut!
6. Avocado Toast
The breakfast of social media influencers everywhere, avocado toast is a delicious, filling food that can benefit from the acid twang of a scoop of sauerkraut to help break up some of the richness.
7. A Lighter Pasta Dish
There is something so satisfying about a big bowl of pasta. That being said, sometimes the heavy sauces can get a little bit overwhelming and be too rich to enjoy. Adding a little sauerkraut can help break up the heaviness without changing the flavor much, while also adding some beneficial nutrients.
8. Salad Dressing
Salad dressings are usually either a bit acidic or on the richer, creamier side of things. If you prefer a more vinaigrette type salad dressing, try adding a bit of sauerkraut instead of or alongside the usual vinegar. Some people also use the brine itself as the saline and acid agents of the dressing, too, for a smoother texture.
9. Enhance Your Salsa
Salsa is already on the acidic side. Try dicing up some sauerkraut and adding it to your favorite salsa for added nutrient content and flavor depth. It sounds a bit weird but it really works!
10. In a Smoothie
This may sound super wrong, but adding a small scoop of sauerkraut to a green smoothie is a game changer. If you add the right amount, you shouldn’t really taste the sauerkraut, but it will brighten up all the other flavors and give a slight overall boost in acidity.
11. Try a New Sauerkraut
While traditional sauerkraut is delicious, there are actually tons of different flavor options out there that can fit a wide range of dishes. Ginger kraut, apple kraut, and even some sweeter options with cranberries are all popular across the world, so play around with your options and see what you can come up with!
12. Sushi Accompaniment
Traditionally, pickled ginger is served alongside sushi. Mix things up by using some ginger sauerkraut for an interesting and equally palate-cleansing experience.
13. Sauerkraut Slaw
Coleslaw is a common addition to any BBQ table setting or family dinner. If you want something with a little zip, try making a sauerkraut slaw to serve with your next big meal!
14. On a Burger
Burgers are incredibly versatile, and you can put just about anything on them. You can’t go wrong adding some Swiss cheese, German mustard, and a good-sized scoop of sauerkraut right on top of your next patty!
15. A New Cubano
Another classic sandwich, the Cubano is a delicious treat that typically contains a liberal serving of pickles. Swap them out for a layer of sauerkraut and you’ll hardly notice the difference.
Hummus is known for taking to a wide range of toppings and mix-ins. You can even find chocolate hummus at most supermarkets now! Try mixing a little sauerkraut into your next batch of hummus. It’s still delicious served with the typical pita chips and veggie sticks.
17. Potato Salad
Potato salad is another great family gathering food that always serves to please the whole room. Try swapping out the pickles for sauerkraut; it just might be a new family favorite.
18. Fried Rice
Kimchi is a perfect accompaniment to fried rice, so why not give its cousin, sauerkraut, a shot?
A lot of traditional soups, while comforting, fall a little flat. Give them the acidic punch they need by adding a healthy serving of sauerkraut into the mix.
20. Salad Topper
Salads present a great opportunity to mix together a lot of different nutrient rich foods. Nuts, berries, and leafy greens can all play nicely with sauerkraut. Just make sure you drain your ‘kraut so the salad doesn’t become over-dressed and sloppy.
Substitute sauerkraut juice for the typical olive brine. The probiotics from fermentation cancel out any negative effects of alcohol, right? 🙂
22. Fish Tacos
Fish tacos usually have a slaw of some sort on top that is often on the acidic or tangy side. Up the flavor profile by adding sauerkraut instead!
23. Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes go great with things like pickled jalapeños. Swap it up and mix in a small amount of sauerkraut for some acidity and tang to cut through the buttery, carb-y goodness.
24. Baked Potato
Similar to mashed potatoes, you can really elevate a classic baked potato by adding a scoop of sauerkraut and perhaps some corned beef. The flavors play so well off of the richness of the potato, creating a perfect bite.
25. Grilled Cheese
The classic grilled cheese is obviously delicious, but often quite rich and one-note in flavor. Adding a little bit of ‘kraut can cut through the oils and brighten up the sandwich. Think reuben but simpler.
26. Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs almost always call for some kind of acidic component, such as hot sauce, pickle juice, or just vinegar. At this point you can probably guess what that means: use sauerkraut brine instead!
27. Stir Fry
Have a stir fry recipe that calls for rice vinegar or a similar ingredient? I don’t think I need to tell you what to do at this point.
28. In a Wrap
Wraps are a great quick meal option. If your usual condiments are getting boring, try adding in a little sauerkraut for added flavor and acidity. You just might have a new favorite.
29. Shredded Lettuce Replacement
Typical shredded iceberg lettuce hardly has any flavor, and it’s usually present just for its crunchy texture. Upgrade with sauerkraut!
30. In a Casserole
Everyone loves an easy weeknight meal, right? This Polish-inspired casserole calls for Swiss cheese, kielbasa, and sauerkraut (among other tasty ingredients), and this one has apples, onions, and Italian sausage.
You’ve probably noticed a couple common themes reading through these Sauerkraut recipe ideas. Like other fermented vegetables, sauerkraut makes a great substitution or addition any time you’re looking for some extra acidity or texture. And remember you can just use some juice/brine and still get probiotic benefits, so long as your sauerkraut was naturally fermented. Good luck coming up with your own sauerkraut creations, and if you’ve got your own creative sauerkraut recipe, let me and other readers know in the comments below!