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Pork Chops and Sauerkraut

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Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, or Oven: the choice is yours with this adaptable, healthy Pork Chops and Sauerkraut recipe.

You can even make this one with us live! Just see the video at the bottom of the page!

NOTE: If you’re here and looking for something super quick to do with your pork chops, you might try learning how to broil pork chops with that recipe.

healthy Pork Chops and Sauerkraut

Pork Chops and Sauerkraut

Author: Heidi Boortz
Servings : 4

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless pork chop center-cut
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 24 oz sauerkraut no sugar listed in ingredients
  • 2 apple cored and roughly chopped
  • 1 yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 tsp celery seed

Instructions

Oven

  • Preheat oven to 350. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of each pork chop. Heat oil in a large skillet. Sear pork chops in hot oil, about 2 minutes on each side. Add onions to the hot skillet. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions are softened and browned.
  • Add cooked onions, sauer kraut, apples, juice and vinegar to greased 13X9 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with celery seed. Top with pork chops. Cover tightly with foil. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Check chops for doneness. When they are no longer pink and juices run clear (or when an instant read thermometer reads 145 degree internal temperature), serve.

Slow Cooker

  • Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of each pork chop. Heat oil in a large skillet. Sear pork chops in hot oil, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove from pan.
  • Add onions, sauer kraut, apples, juice and vinegar to greased slow cooker. Sprinkle with celery seed. Top with pork chops. Cook on low 6 hours or on high 4 hours.

Instant Pot®

  • Turn Instant Pot® to sauté. Add oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of each pork chop. Sear pork chops in hot oil, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove from Instant Pot®. Turn IP off.
  • Add onions, sauerkraut, apples, juice and vinegar to Instant Pot®. Sprinkle with celery seed. Top with pork chops. Seal IP, and program for manual-high and 8 minutes. Use NPR for at least 10 minutes.
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healthy pork chops and sauerkraut
Pork Chops and Sauerkraut
healthy pork chops and sauerkraut

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COMMENTS

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  1. You have your cooking instructions wrong. You say to cook on high longer than to cook on low. I think it should be reversed: 4 hours on high; 6 hours on low

  2. Bought an Instant Pot last week, tried it out last night. Only had one large apple on hand so I made due with that. I started with 6 center cut chops (my preferred), also had no apple juice so I substituted low sodium chicken stock which I increased to about 3/4 cup, plus I added 2 tbls of brown sugar for the sweet. I topped this all off with 12 new red potatoes, pressure cooked this for 15 minutes and after the natural pressure release I opened the pot and wow, I was amazed. This is truly a phenomenal meal, it was loved by all who ate with no leftovers. This IP is a great invention that will from now on be used in my kitchen weekly. I am looking forward to seeing what other kinds of magic I can create in this machine. Every family should have one of these. Thank you Heidi for introducing me to Instant Pot cookery.

    1. John, I’m so pleased you found a new passion! I agree the Instant Pot is a wonderful way of cooking healthy meals that everyone loves. Pork Chops and Sauerkraut is one of my personal favorites! Please browse the website for more family friendly Instant Pot recipes!

  3. This was just the Recipe I was looking for to try my Instantpot for the first time. The only thing missing, that my Mom is requesting, is Potatoes. I’m assuming that I will cube them. I have read that cooking times will increase and not increase with the addition of the Potatoes. Please Advise

    1. Hi Cari!
      Thanks for checking out the site and trying this. As far as potatoes go, it’s possible to do them in the IP, but they don’t take long at all to cook. I feel like 8 minutes would turn potatoes to absolute mush if you cubed them. I think you would want to cook potatoes in larger chunks to keep them from getting overdone. If I was to try it, I would use whole baby potatoes that were about 1-1/2 to 2″ diameter. Like the little bags of mixed color potatoes you can get that are about that big. Does that make sense? You could also just chop larger potatoes into big chunks. I just wouldn’t cube them down too small. I would not change the cooking time. I think there will be enough liquid still as well.
      Ryan

    1. You shouldn’t need to increase the time, Kaylee. Usually the Instant Pot time will remain the same for something like this. If you use significantly thicker meat like a pork shoulder or something like that, then you would change cook time, but if it is just more of the same thickness meat and other ingredients, it should be fine at the same amount of time.

      1. Thank you for getting back to me so quickly! This is only my second time using my instant pot and I’m still a little intimidated by it!

    1. Hi Pat,
      We don’t encourage macros on this site as a means of dieting so we typically don’t include them. It’s easy to get them using an app like myfitnesspal though. Just enter it as a recipe and it will tell you macros per serving.
      Ryan

    1. Hi Joy! In this recipe, you’ll use both the sauté function and the pressure cook (manual) function. When you seal the valve and select manual-high in step two, this engages the pressure cook function. This is one of our favorite recipes! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. -Heidi

  4. Is that broccoli rabe on the side? How was it.prepared or is it just a garnish? I want a nice green side dish.

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