Overhead shot of brat in bun with sauerkraut and mustard. Also a cabbage leaf lined bowl filled with sauerkraut.
Recipes,  Salads & Side Dishes

Quick Sauerkraut {with Apples}

When the weekend hits, you’re craving Brats, and an air of confidence sweeps over you….

You make homemade Quick Sauerkraut!

I mean why not, you’ve got this!

Quick Sauerkraut is so easy to make.

It’s literally cabbage, white vinegar, salt & water cooked down until the cabbage is tender, about 30 minutes. I added apple to bring another layer of tart flavor.

This recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart. She’s knows a thing or two about great recipes.

This dish makes a good bratwurst feel right at home! Hot off the grill with kraut and mustard sings of summer.

I grew up with sauerkraut and kielbasa. I think I remember my mom making it at least once a week. I wasn’t a huge fan then, but I sure love a good kraut now!

Little did I know at the time that sauerkraut is really good for you. It’s nutritious and loaded with probiotics and vitamin K2. It can also aid with digestion. Mom knows best!

Besides – having homemade sauerkraut on hand (stores in fridge for up to two weeks) gives you ample opportunity to make The Classic Reuben Sandwich or Hot Reuben Dip!

Two of my favorite recipes.

Classic Reuben Sandwich

Next time impress your friends and family with a from scratch sauerkraut recipe. They’ll taste the difference!

I’d love for you to share a comment below or on our social media pages @LemonyThyme. xo Libby

Closeup shot of a cabbage leaf lined bowl filled with sauerkraut. There's a brat with sauerkraut faded in the background.

Quick Sauerkraut {with Apples}

adapted from Martha Stewart
In about 30 minutes you'll be serving your friends and family homemade Sauerkraut that will be the star of the show!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 6


  • 1 small head green cabbage halved, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 Tbl coarse salt
  • 1 granny smith apple peeled, cored and julienned


  • In a medium saucepan, combine cabbage, vinegar, salt, and 1 1/4 cups water. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes. Add apple and cook an additional 15 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy!

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