Pork and Sauerkraut (German Pork Chops)

This easy Whole30 and Paleo Pork and Sauerkraut recipe is a delicious, cozy dinner your whole family will enjoy! It’s made with super simple, delicious ingredients — boneless pork chops, sauerkraut, potatoes, apples and caraway seeds, and it’s baked in a Dutch Oven for ultra tender pork and easy cleanup! You might know this pork and sauerkraut recipe as German Pork Chops, but whatever you call it, it’s just wonderful!

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German Pork Chops

I have really fond memories of my grandpa making this dish. I can still picture him in the kitchen on a Sunday evening, cooking and listening to a Perry Como tape. He didn’t cook all that often (Grandma was the chef of the family!), but he had a few wonderful recipes up his sleeve. He also made Swedish Meatballs, and that’s another recipe that always reminds me of him.

My grandpa made recipes his grandmother taught him, and now I make them to remember him.

It makes me wonder, what dishes will my great-great-grandkids learn that were passed down by me?

The ingredients laid out on a white marble board: Russet potatoes, boneless pork chops on a white plate, a chopped apple, sauerkraut in a glass bowl, caraway seeds, and oil.

Pork and Sauerkraut Ingredients

The ingredients in this recipe are fairly simple and easy to come by in most grocery stores. Boneless pork chops are available everywhere, and apples are, too. But if you don’t have an apple, don’t worry! Swap a cup of apple sauce!

Caraway seeds are super important in this recipe…

…so don’t skip the caraway seeds! They have an aromatic quality and a lovely anise flavor (think of the seeds in rye bread!) that works amazing with the sauerkraut and apples. If you don’t have them in your pantry already, you can find them in the spice aisle!

The only tricky piece is finding Whole30 compliant sauerkraut.

I like to use Eden Organics or Cleveland Kraut brand sauerkraut. Both are available at Walmart and Target and are made without preservatives.

A collage showing the process, step by step, of how to make the recipe. First brown the pork chops, then add the sauerkraut, the potatoes, and the  caraway seeds, then cover and bake!

Making German Pork and Sauerkraut

One of the best things about this German Pork Chops recipe is how much hands-off time there is! Cooking pork chops and sauerkraut in the oven means the only real prep work you need to do is peeling and chopping the potatoes and apple. You can do that in advance, if you’d like, and then all you need to to get the meal ready:

  1. Brown the pork chops in the dutch oven on the stovetop
  2. Add the potatoes
  3. Add the apples
  4. Sprinkle in the caraway seeds
  5. Just cover, transfer to the oven, and bake!

By the way, if you’re wondering about the Dutch Oven I use, it’s this one (affiliate link).

Close up of finished German Pork Chops cooked in the dutch oven.

Trust me, this will quickly become one of your family’s favorite recipes. My boys (who aren’t even big on sauerkraut to begin with), couldn’t get enough of it!

The sweet apple totally mellows out the bite in the sauerkraut, and the pork chops come out super tender and delicious. If you’re on the fence, give it a try!

Like this recipe? Check out some of my other delicious and healthy weeknight dinners:

Finished Dish in a dutch oven with a large serving spoon.
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Pork and Sauerkraut (German Pork Chops) – Whole30, Paleo

A simple one-pan meal with boneless pork chops, sauerkraut, potatoes, apples and caraway seeds.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, german
Keyword Dutch Oven, Pork Dinner, Whole30 Dinner
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 550.84 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1.5 – 2 lb boneless pork chops about 1/2 inch thick
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4-6 medium russet potatoes
  • 1 apple
  • 18 oz. sauerkraut undrained
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds
  • 1 onion optional

Instructions

Do the Prep Work

  1. Peel and dice the potatoes, apple, and onion, if using. Set them aside.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  3. Brown the Pork Chops

  4. While the oven preheats, pat the pork chops dry with a paper towel and season very lightly with salt and pepper. Heat a large dutch oven on the stovetop over medium-high heat.

  5. Add the oil. Once the oil is shimmering (about 1 minute), add the pork chops. Brown on each side for about 3 minutes per side. They should easily release once they're ready to be flipped.

Bake the Dish

  1. Set the pork chops aside and add the saurkraut to the dutch oven. With a wooden spoon, gently scrape the bottom to deglaze it. Add the potatoes and then lay the pork chops on top. Sprinkle the caraway seeds.

  2. Cover and bake in the oven for one hour. Remove the dutch oven, allow to cool slightly, and serve!

Recipe Notes

If you don’t have an apple, substitute 1 cup apple sauce. 

The sauerkraut is usually pretty salty, so be careful about over seasoning the rest of the dish. I add no salt except for the tiny bit I use to season the pork chops. You can always add more! 

Nutrition Facts
Pork and Sauerkraut (German Pork Chops) – Whole30, Paleo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 550.84 Calories from Fat 174
% Daily Value*
Fat 19.28g30%
Saturated Fat 5.26g33%
Cholesterol 113.97mg38%
Sodium 843.6mg37%
Potassium 1804.29mg52%
Carbohydrates 52.32g17%
Fiber 7.71g32%
Sugar 9.23g10%
Protein 42.71g85%
Vitamin A 44.98IU1%
Vitamin C 32.94mg40%
Calcium 82.67mg8%
Iron 4.46mg25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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