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Instant pot brats with red onion, sauerkraut and mashed cauliflower

Instant Pot Brats

  • Author: Deb
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x


An easy week night dinner starts with these bratwurst sausages cooked in your Instant Pot.   They are seasoned and sautéed’ and then simmered in a sweet and savory sauerkraut.  Serve them on mashed cauliflower for a delicious low carb meal.


  • 1 TB. butter
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 package of (5)  bratwurst links ( I used Johnsonville)*
  • 2 tsps. bbq. seasoning of choice ( I used McCormick BBQ bourbon)
  • 1 (16 oz.) package of sauerkraut
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Swerve brown sugar substitute
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 tsp. celery seed or celery salt



  1. Turn Instant Pot to saute’ setting. 
  2. Sprinkle  bbq seasoning on brats. 
  3. Into the Instant Pot, add the butter, red onion slices and bratwursts.
  4. Saute’ for 5 minutes, until bratwurst are browned.  Do not pierce the brats with a fork or knife. Just turn them with tongs until all sides are browned.
  5. Combine sauerkraut (with liquid), vinegar, brown sugar substitute, celery seed and mustard.  Pour over the bratwurst and onions.
  6. Put lid on Instant Pot and turn nozzle to SEALING.
  7. Set it to the manual setting on High pressure cook for 10 minutes.
  8. When timer goes off, do a quick release to VENTING on the nozzle.  It should take about 3 minutes or so. **(There will be steam so take extra precautions when moving the nozzle.   Serve brats, sauerkraut and onions over mashed cauliflower.


*You can use a long wooden spoon wrapped in a kitchen towel to move the nozzle from sealing to venting.

**Johnsonville brats are fully cooked and ready for any menu. Brats should be cooked to 160°F. 

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: German

Keywords: Instant Pot Brats