8 Super Simple Sauerkraut Recipes

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When I came home with 10 lbs of cabbage I wanted to make as many sauerkraut recipes as I could without going to the supermarket. Here are my results.

When I recently came home with ten pounds of cabbage from my farm CSA I knew I had to experiment with some new sauerkraut recipes.

My goal was to make as many different sauerkraut recipes as I could but without going to the supermarket.  I just wanted to use whatever I had lying around at that moment.

The above photo shows my results.

Not bad for a former processed food junkie, huh?

It’s pretty amazing how many simple things can be used to make a variety of simple sauerkraut recipes.  The basic recipe of  cabbage and salt is ripe for endless variations and combinations of different vegetables, spices, herbs and even fruit.

The Basic Sauerkraut Recipe

Now if you’ve never made sauerkraut before and need to start with the basics, here’s an easy speasy sauerkraut recipe and here’s also a video demo I made for my online digestive wellness program:

Once you have the basics down, you can branch out and add just about anything.  There are really only two rules you must follow:

Experiment and have fun!

8 Sauerkraut Recipes

The following are the super simple sauerkraut recipes I made as seen in the photo above.  I used approximately a half of a medium head of cabbage per twelve ounce jar.  Feel free to alter the ingredients to your liking or better yet, come up with your own sauerkraut recipes!

1. Garlic sauerkraut

Ingredients – 2-4 cloves of garlic, chopped

2. Curry sauerkraut

Ingredients – 1 TBSP curry powder

3.  Carrot sauerkraut

Ingredients – 2 grated organic carrots

4.  Spicy sauerkraut

Ingredients – 5-6 hot peppers, chopped

5. Oregano sauerkraut

Ingredients –  about 1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano (I have fresh oregano right outside my backdoor).

6. Cortido sauerkraut

Cortido is a Latin American sauerkraut and this is the one sauerkraut recipe I didn’t completely make up on my own but rather followed a recipe from a cookbook.  To the basic recipe add a few grated carrots, 2-3 chopped garlic cloves, 1 medium onion chopped fine, 1/2 tsp read pepper flakes and 1 TBSP dried oregano.

7. Kale and carrot sauerkraut

Ingredients – 2 grated organic carrots, 1/2 cup fresh kale, chopped and packed

8. Red sauerkraut

This last one is from my friends, Tamara and Kelly who run the fantastic traditional food blog Oh Lardy!  and they generously have let me share their recipe (and photo) for their delicious red sauerkraut from their new ebook, Oh Lardy’s Guide to Fermenting Fruits and Vegetables.

The beautiful red color comes from red cabbage and beets.  If you can’t find red cabbage, just use green cabbage.  The beets will still infuse a nice red color to the sauerkraut.

When I came home with 10 lbs of cabbage I wanted to make as many sauerkraut recipes as I could without going to the supermarket. Here are my results.


  • 1/2 red cabbage, chopped or shredded
  • 1/2 onion, grated
  • 1 red beet, peeled and grated
  • 2 TBSP whey or 1/2 tsp culture starter, optional
  • 1 TBSP sea salt

Learn More Super Simple Sauerkraut and Other Fermented Recipes

If you’re new to fermenting foods at home, this ebook is a great guide for getting started with the basics.  And it includes an entire chapter devoted to making a variety of simple sauerkraut recipes!

But it also includes chapters for other common fermented vegetables, fruits, drinks, salad dressings and even dips, condiments and salsas.  All the recipes are easy-to-follow and use very simple ingredients.

There are even many creative and simple kid-friendly recipes including fermented orange juice, apple juice, lemonade, berries, orange jello and fruit leather.

Just click the cover photo or the link below to get a sneak preview.

Ebook with many simple sauerkraut recipes

Click here to learn more about Oh Lardy’s Guide to Fermenting Fruits and Vegetables.

When I came home with 10 lbs of cabbage I wanted to make as many sauerkraut recipes as I could without going to the supermarket. Here are my results.

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  1. My grandmother used to make a really good kraut. She called it green tomato kraut. It was cabbage, diced green tomatos and corn. Loved that stuff!

  2. Everyone gives recipes for making kraut but how do you eat it. Can you heat it? I do not like cold kraut. I have always eaten kraut very traditional heated with some kind of meat. Does that ruin the benefits. Please give a recipe for eating. Thank you.

  3. I’m the founder/moderator for Punk Domestics (www.punkdomestics.com), a community site for those of use obsessed with, er, interested in DIY food. It’s sort of like Tastespotting, but specific to the niche. I’d love for you to submit this to the site. Good stuff!

  4. Thank you so much for this video ! I was afraid to try making my own fermented food, but after seeing you, I have a cabbage in my fridge and I am going to start right now !
    Thanks from France !

  5. npmontgomery says:

    Why do the carrots in #3 have to be organic? Are you claiming a health or nutrition benefit? Great article otherwise.

  6. how l0ong do i leave on the counter before i refridgerate it could i can it
    / thanks

  7. Great ideas… definitely pinning this for reference. I blog on simple solutions to natural eating and living over at http://www.widemeadow.com, so this is right up my ally. 🙂


  9. How long will it last once you open it, in the fridge?

  10. These are great recipes! I love messing around with sauerkraut. Thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to try some of these at home. I usually just eat the kraut straight out of the fridge but I think I definitely need to make more of an effort to include some other variations.


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