Instant Pot Pork Roast and Sauerkraut – Make in a Slow Cooker too!

Pressure cooker pork loin roast with sauerkraut recipe

Video Pressure cooker pork loin roast with sauerkraut recipe

You’ll love this Instant Pot pork roast with sauerkraut on a cold winter night. It’s low carb, easy and supposedly gives you good luck if you eat it on New Year’s Day!!! Sauerkraut adds a lot of flavor to the roast pork and with just 3 ingredients you can make this dinner easy in no time. It is naturally low in carb with only 2.2 g of net carbs per serving.

You may also like this low-carb slow cooker with garlic and shredded pork!

Every New Year’s Day we eat pork and sauerkraut. It is believed to bring you good luck and is a tradition that both my husband and I grew. In my house we think of this dish as a good hot dinner on a cold winter day. It’s one my whole family loves… Even my son!

We eat it often and when you cook it under pressure by making it in the instant pot, the roast becomes nice and tender, as well as saving you cooking time!

So today I present my easy Instant Pot pork roast with sauerkraut dinner, which is also a low carb dish! My son eats it with mashed potatoes, but my husband and I eat it as is.

Ingredients of the recipe I used


All you need to make this traditional dish is a roast pork, sauerkraut, a small apple, salt and black pepper. These flavors of these simple ingredients go so well together and make a dish easy and tasty.

Some people even go a step further and make their own sauerkraut. It’s just cabbage and salt, but it takes time. For me I only use sauerkraut that comes in a jar. I buy it at Aldi and they have it all year round.

What cuts of roast pork should I use?

I make this pork and sauerkraut recipe in two ways. I usually do this with boneless country style pork ribs or boneless pork chops and add kielbasa. However, today I am using a boneless pork roast (pork) in my Instant Pot.

With ribs or even pork chops, they tend to break a part more easily, so if you prefer, check out my New Year’s pork and sauerkraut recipe.

If you want more than one sliced roast, this is the recipe for you. Some people like to use a roast pork loin. That’s fine too, but it’s drier meat compared to a pork roast.

What is the cooking time of Instant Pot for a pork roast?

According to the Instant Pot website, a pork roast like the one I made today should be cooked for 15 minutes per pound. If you are cooking a pork tenderloin, you should cook it for 20 minutes per pound.

You may want to bookmark this page for all the kitchen tables on the Instant Pot website . It’s a great resource!

Let’s make this pork sauerkraut roast in the Instant Pot!

The first thing you need to do before pressure cooking is to brown your pork roast using the instant pot’s sautéing feature. If your pressure cooker doesn’t have a stir-fry function, you may need to do it on the stove.

Keep in mind that if there are large pieces of fat on the outside of the roast, I like to cut them. Don’t go crazy removing it, just the very large pieces. You want to have some fat to moisten the meat.

STEP 1: Generously sprinkle the roast pork with salt and pepper all over. Use skip mode on the Instant Pot and set it to high. Add a tablespoon of oil and seal your roast about 3-5 minutes per side.

STEP 2: While that is browning, take out your grater or food processor and grate a small apple. I used a small Fuji apple because it’s all I had, but I would normally use a Granny Smith because it has fewer carbs. The apple adds a little sweetness to the roast.

STEP 3: Now we can start pressure cooking. Add the jar of sauerkraut with the liquid, grated apple and about 1/2 cup of water to the instant pot. Secure the lid, push the lever back to seal, and then manually pressure cook for 70 minutes. (This cooking time is based on my 5-pound roast.)

STEP 4: When you’re done, let the pressure drop naturally. That is, to make a natural release, not a quick release. Keep in mind that cooking times can vary depending on how big your roast is.

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What and how to serve this dinner.

I put this whole dish in a large bowl or in a dish. I cut the meat a little and everyone takes what they want.

As I mentioned, my son likes this with mashed potatoes and just eat it. The spicy sauerkraut goes very well with the roast pork. We usually also have a green salad, but this is basically a dinner from a pot.

How to make this recipe for pork and sauerkraut in the slow cooker

The only difference in doing this in the slow cooker versus the instant cooker is that you have to seal the meat on the stove (and it saves you hours using the pressure cooker!)

So add some oil to a large skillet on the stove and heat to medium high. Seal the roast for about 2-3 minutes on all sides. Then add everything to your slow cooker and simmer for 6-8 hours.

Keep in mind that you can also make this pork and sauerkraut on the stove or in the oven.

Recipe suggestions and notes.

  • My friend Lisa also makes roast pork and sauerkraut with brown sugar and butter. Simply sprinkle the sugar over the sauerkraut and add a few tablespoons of butter. My father-in-law likes it that way, but my son and husband like it that way. You can use a brown sugar substitute if you want to keep it low in carbs.
  • Some people add things like sliced onions, caraway seeds, apple juice, potatoes, garlic cloves, etc. However, I like the simplicity of the 3 ingredients I use.
  • Keep in mind that you can use pork loin,

  • pork loin, chops, ribs, etc. in this sauerkraut pork recipe. However, I would suggest using a slow cooker so you can easily check the cooking of the meat. I find it a little harder to do with an electric pressure cooker.


hope you enjoy this delicious pork roast with sauerkraut that I made at the Instant Pot. This recipe goes a long way, so if you want to use a smaller roast, it would keep the rest of the ingredients the same.

The nutrition information for 1 serving is: 594 cals 40.4g fat / 3.7g carbohydrates / 1.5g fiber / 48.9g protein = 2.2g net carbs Culinary specialist with more than 10 years of experience in the restaurant industry.

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