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Serving dish filled with braised sauerkraut and bacon.
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5 from 2 votes


This is Polish comfort food at its finest. Fried sauerkraut is a simple recipe that can be made with just a few ingredients, and it's perfect for a winter meal. The bacon and onion add a delicious depth of flavor to the sauerkraut, and it's all cooked until it's nice and mellow. Serve this kapusta with your favorite side dish, like mashed potatoes or egg noodles, and for a simple but satisfying weeknight treat.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword braised sauerkraut, kapusta, polish recipes, sauerkraut
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 147kcal


  • 4 slices bacon cut into small pieces
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 16 ounces sauerkraut drained
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • ΒΌ cup water


  • Add the bacon to a large frying pan over medium high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 6-8 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp and the fat is rendered.
  • Add the onions an cook for 3-4 minutes, until softened and light golden brown. If the pan is too dry, you can add a teaspoon or two of olive oil.
  • Stir in the sauerkraut, brown sugar, and water. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes, until heated through and light golden brown.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 899mg | Potassium: 284mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 29IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg