How To Cook Sauerkraut For Hot Dogs (The Most Delish Recipe)

Although some people call sauerkraut an acquired taste, the tangy vegetable goes super well with hotdogs because the acidity and sweetness present in sauerkraut balance out the richness of the meat. It adds a succulent yet distinctive flavor to your hot dog that, after one bite, it might just become your new favorite condiment.

Yes, we all love the ketchup and mustard on a hot dog – they are a classic, delicious combination. But you don’t have to settle for the usual simple hot dog toppings. You’ll be surprised at the creative and unique hot dog combinations out there – the possibilities are endless! 

When it comes to hotdog condiments, this fermented cabbage is not only a delicious match, but it is also nutritious and healthy.

What’s more? Cooking sauerkraut for hot dogs is ridiculously easy.

Let’s dig right in!

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Most Succulent Sauerkraut Hot Dog Topping Recipe

German style hot dog topped with sauerkraut and mustard
Warm bun, smoky wiener, and sweet and tangy sauerkraut are a winning combination.

This sweet and tender sauerkraut goes well with regular American hot dogs, Frankfurter, and German bratwurst hot dogs, whether boiled or grilled. In fact, it is so delicious that you might end up eating it with a fork out of the bowl.

Ingredients (Plenty for 5-6 hot dogs)

  • Half a jar (400g) of drained sauerkraut
  • One large onion
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
  • One tablespoon of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • Dijon or Classic Yellow Mustard mustard for the hot dog topping
  • Clarified butter for frying
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel/cumin seeds
  • 6 hot dog sausages/frankfurters or grilled sausages or bratwurst
  • 6 hot dog bun

Top Tip: For the tastiest result, get sauerkraut made with salt instead of vinegar. The sauerkrauts that are made with vinegar are pickled and not fermented. Here is how to choose the best sauerkraut.

Note: When the sauerkraut is cooked, it will lose its probiotic benefits; however, the naturally fermented sauerkraut tastes better even when heated. 

To not lose all the probiotics, don’t throw away the sauerkraut juice when draining it before cooking. Read more here: Saurekraut Juice And How Much Should You Drink It.

Cooking Sauerkraut For Hot Dogs

cooking traditional sauerkraut on stove top
Cooking hot dogs with your kraut is an excellent way to add extra flavor.

Step 1: Saute the cut onions with olive oil in a large skillet or a saucepan over medium heat for 5 minutes. 

Step 3: Add the sugar, pepper, and fennel seeds and stir to combine.

Step 4: Add the drained sauerkraut, sweet pickle relish, and 1/3 cup of water and allow to simmer on low heat for 15 minutes; stir occasionally. 

Step 5: Add the hot dog sausages on top of the sauerkraut and keep; cover the pan with the lid and simmer for another 15 min till all the water is gone and the sausages are hot.

Step 6: Voila! Your sauerkraut is ready. Serve with warm, soft buns, hotdogs, and your other favorite condiments!

Top Tip: Put your hot dogs inside the sauerkraut about 15 minutes before it is finished cooking. That will not only save you from cooking the hotdogs separately, but they will become tender while absorbing some of the delicious flavors from the sauerkraut. You can still put them on the grill for some smoky flavor and beautiful grill lines.

You can serve the sauerkraut hot or cold. Keep any leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for 5-6 days, and you can eat it cold or reheat it as you need. 

How To Make Sauerkraut Less Bitter?

sauerkraut for hot dogs in the supermarket

Some store-bought sauerkraut may have been stored for a long time, become too acidic, and develop a slightly bitter taste. Fortunately, there are a few techniques that can help you remove the bitter taste.

Drain And Rinse

Drain the sauerkraut and then rinse it under cold water to reduce the bitterness and overly sour taste. This will also reduce the salt content, so you may need to add some salt later while cooking.

Add Some Sugar 

Another good way to balance out the bitter and overly sour taste of sauerkraut is to add some sugar while cooking. You don’t even need much; one teaspoon will usually be sufficient. 

Add Apple Cider Vinegar

Another way that is shown to be successful is by adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. This will balance the acidity and alkalinity in the sauerkraut and make it more palatable.

For more ways how to cook sauerkraut from a jar and make it more flavorsome, check out my latest post here: 

How To Cook Sauerkraut For Hot Dogs (The Most Delish Recipe)

Recipe by Jen EvansyCourse: LunchCuisine: GermanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Calories

220

kcal
Total time

35

minutes

When it comes to hotdog toppings, sauerkraut is the best of the best. It’s well-balanced, with just the right amount of sweetness, sourness, and tanginess. Plus, it’s a flavorful all-in-one topping that takes only about 30 minutes to cook. So if you’re looking for a delicious way to top your hotdog, look no further than sauerkraut!

Ingredients

  • Half a jar (400g) of drained sauerkraut

  • One large onion

  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish

  • One tablespoon of sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel/cumin seeds

  • Clarified butter for frying

  • Dijon or Classic Yellow Mustard mustard for the hot dog topping

  • 6 hot dog sausages/frankfurter or grilled sausages or bratwurst

  • 6 hot dog bun

Directions

  • To cook sauerkraut for hot dogs, cut the onion and saute them with some butter on a large skillet or a saucepan over medium heat for 5 minutes. 
  • Add the sugar, pepper, and fennel seeds and stir to combine.
  • Add the drained sauerkraut, sweet pickle relish, and 1/3 cup of water and allow to simmer on low heat for 15 minutes; stir occasionally. 
  • Add the hot dog sausages on top of the sauerkraut, cover the pan with the lid and simmer for another 15 min until all the water is gone and the sausages are hot.
  • Serve the sausages with warm hotdog buns, some mustard, and generous amounts of sauerkraut.

Notes

  • Any leftover sauerkraut can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days and can be eaten cold or warmed up.
  • Instead of hot dog buns or bread rolls, you can also serve sauerkraut and sausages over creamy mashed potatoes.

In Summary

Research has shown that cooked sauerkraut pairs well with meat because both use umami as the prominent flavor. The glutamate found in both ingredients enhances each other’s flavor molecules, which makes an additional savory taste.

So, in layman’s terms, sauerkraut is an excellent addition to dishes that traditionally include meat. It provides a tangy, refreshing contrast to the richness of the meaty hotdog. The sourness is also very complementary to the saltiness of the sausage.

To cook sauerkraut for hot dogs, add a dash of sugar, some cumin seeds, and onions, simmer for 30 minutes, and serve with warm buns, frankfurters, and some mustard. You will love this sweet and savory hot dog topping, and it is sure to please anyone. 

About Jen Evansy

Nutritionist, researcher, avid home cook, and writer interested in everything nutrition and food-related. Striving to inform, encourage, and inspire all the readers to make healthy and informed choices when it comes to cooking, food, diet, and nutrition.