One of the many uses for unpasteurized sauerkraut

20 Delicious Uses for Sauerkraut

At wildbrine, we love to incorporate sauerkraut into some of our favorite classic recipes for an unexpected twist of texture and flavor. Looking for some ideas on how to add this probiotic powerhouse to your own culinary regimen? Read on to discover our 20 favorite uses for sauerkraut. Have a favorite of your own? Share in the comments!

Tips for Cooking with Sauerkraut

  • Sauerkraut naturally lends itself to recipes that call for pickles, olives, or other briny ingredients. Keep this in mind when brainstorming your own uses for sauerkraut.
  • Preserve sauerkraut’s beneficial bacteria by keeping its temperature below 115 degrees F.
  • Sauerkraut brine is also a versatile ingredient and can be used in recipes such as salad dressings, cocktails, or sauces. (Be sure to keep enough brine in the jar to cover the vegetables, as this helps keep it fresh.)

Our Favorite Uses for Sauerkraut

    1. Tuna salad: Love dill pickle relish in your tuna salad? For extra zip, try chopped sauerkraut instead.
    2. Deviled eggs: Minced sauerkraut could be the new secret ingredient to your deviled eggs. Here’s a recipe where we use kimchi, but you can substitute kraut.
    3. Grilled cheese: Elevate your grilled cheese sandwich with the addition of sauerkraut.
    4. Baked potato: Potatoes and sauerkraut are a Bavarian favorite. We like to top baked potatoes with sour cream and our Dill Garlic Sauerkraut.
    5. Fish tacos: Brighten your traditional fish tacos by topping them with sauerkraut instead of plain cabbage. Cilantro and chipotle crema also highly recommended!
    6. Cubano sandwich: Sauerkraut stands in for pickles in this classic pressed sandwich of ham, Swiss cheese, and mustard.
    7. Potato salad: Sauerkraut is an appealing addition to both classic and German potato salad. Give it a try at your next gathering.
    8. Egg salad: Add new dimension and crunch to classic egg salad with the addition of sauerkraut.
    9. Bagel and lox: Sauerkraut adds a caper-like zing to a bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese.
    10. Cheese plate: Sauerkraut seamlessly stands in for olives or pickles on an artisan cheese plate. Try pairing it with aged gouda and some crusty bread.
    11. Avocado toast: Whole grain bread, sliced avocado, and sauerkraut could become your new favorite avocado toast.
    12. Burgers: Hamburgers and meatless burgers are guaranteed to sing with the addition of sauerkraut and melted swiss cheese.
    13. Coleslaw: Sauerkraut and coleslaw are practically cousins. Let them hang out by combining five parts shredded cabbage to one part sauerkraut and refrigerating for at least 30 minutes. Want something fancier? Our recipe for Sauerkraut Slaw.
    14. Sushi: Looking for a unique accompaniment to sushi? Try our Arame Ginger Kraut instead of traditional pickled ginger
    15. Dirty sauerkraut martini: Combine 6 oz vodka, 1 oz sauerkraut brine, and a dash of vermouth for a fun twist on the dirty martini. Prefer tequila? Here’s another sauerkraut-brine based cocktail recipe.
    16. Breakfast burrito: Instead of salsa, add zippy sauerkraut to your next breakfast burrito of eggs, cheese, and sausage
    17. Sandwich or wrap: Give your favorite hand-held meal (with turkey and avocado, hummus and veggies, roast beef and Swiss cheese) an extra kick with addition of sauerkraut. You will NOT be disappointed.
    18. Salad: Pack even more nutritional power into your next Buddha bowl or Superfood Salad with the addition of sauerkraut.
    19. Soup: Garnish potato leek soup with a dollop of sour cream or crème frâiche and a smattering of sauerkraut.
    20. One of our favorite uses for sauerkraut: Eat it right out of the jar


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Those were great suggestions for meal additions.

The wild Bunch

Thank you!

Marcia Lapossy

You mentioned Costco sized Sauerkraut – I agree with you totally – but the Costco’s in the Cleveland area stopped carrying it – unless you know something I don’t know! Advise if you do……

The wild Bunch

Hi Marcia – Thank you SO much for your support! It looks like we’ve been shipping to Costco in the Cleveland area. If you’re not seeing it on the shelves at your Costco location, we suggest putting a note in the suggestion box and/or talk to a manager and let them know that you’d like to see them bring wildbrine back in.


It’s really good on pizza too. I warm it slightly to preserve the goodness and put it on top of delivery or homemade after it’s out of the oven.

The wild Bunch

LOVE that idea Debbie! Thanks for sharing.

April Belknap

I slice up sausage, throw it in a frying pan cover it in saurkraut and when it’s hot, it’s ready ! Serve with A side of fried taters and you are going to go !

The wild Bunch

Mmmmm… tasty good!


I just purchased for the first time at Costco yesterday. I used to enhance leftover chicken: I reheated a chicken leg with some of the naturally occurring chicken broth with a sliced potato and some left over cooked vegetables. Toward the end I added about three table spoons of the kraut to the dish and cooked at power level five for two minutes. The kraut added a wonderful flavoring and greatly enhanced the leftover chicken meal. This is my first experience with the wildbrine kraut and it was a delicious one!

The wild Bunch

Joel – That sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing your first wildbrine experience.


Added it to a chicken goulash; an ingredient one doesn’t want to leave out.
Would be good with pork chops and apple sauce.

John Akard

In some countries it is good luck to eat pork and kraut for the New Year. My mother added dumplings. These were 1/8th inch thick and 2″ x 2″ in size. The pork she used were Pig’s Tails.


I like spicy brat sliced thick and fried. Throw on some mixed Mexican shredded cheese and wait for melt. Move all onto sourdough with mustard and mayo and slather kraut liberally on top. @killersandwich


Recently discovered original wildbrine sauerkraut at Costco a week ago. Absolutely delicious! I went through a 1.5 kilo jar in a week. Thank you for providing recipes, looking forward trying new dishes.

The wild Bunch

Julian – Our pleasure! Thank you so much for the kind words.


My mom always added Sauerkraut to mashed potatoes. We had a crock fermenting in the basement every fall.

The wild Bunch

Karen – What a lovely idea! Thanks for sharing.


I fry onion and bay leaf, black pepper and paprika seasoning and add cooked risotto rice and add sauerkraut.

Sometimes instead of the rice I use cooked white beans or potatoes or elbow macaroni.

The wild Bunch

YUM! Great ideas.