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Pork Chops With Sauerkraut for #WeekdaySupper

Pork Chops with Sauerkraut | Magnolia Days

Want to know a secret for tender pork chops? It’s very simple to do. The secret is braising. It takes plain fried pork chops and makes them flavorful and tender at the same time. All you need is a skillet with a tight fitting lid. Sure you can use a braiser pan although it is not necessary. Now what to braise with? My first choice is sauerkraut. Why? Aside from how good it tastes, it is because it doesn’t get any easier than opening a package or jar and pouring it in*. That’s a real time saver when you need a quick and easy Weekday Supper.

Simple is the key to meals during the week. Time is tight and not many people want to do 15 steps or deal with 15 ingredients. This recipe also allows you time to make a quick veggie side and heat up bread while it is braising. I roasted some colorful baby carrots which only takes about 20 minutes. I also put rolls in the oven with the carrots. It was all done in no time.

Pork chops with sauerkraut brought back many memories. Many were from my trip to Germany last November. Some were from all the times my parents cooked sauerkraut when I was growing up. It’s been a big part of my life and I know it will continue to be in my future. It’s amazing how a simple meal can hold such fond memories and make new ones along the way. That is the power of cooking at home. How it contributes to more than nourishment is the greatest part of all.

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*For sauerkraut with deeper flavor try Braised Sauerkraut.

Pork Chops with Sauerkraut | Magnolia Days
4.6 from 10 votes

Pork Chops With Sauerkraut

A recipe for pork chops braised in sauerkraut. An easy meal and a way to make tender and flavorful pork chops.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Author Renee


  • 4 to 6 thin cut pork chops about 1/2-inch
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cooking oil
  • 1 package or jar of sauerkraut 8 to 16 ounces


  1. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add a thin layer of oil. Heat until almost smoking. Add the chops to the pan and brown both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
  3. Add the sauerkraut to the skillet. Bring to a boil, cover, and turn down the heat to low.
  4. Simmer for 30 to 40 minutes until the chops are tender. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

A recipe for pork chops braised in sauerkraut. An easy meal and a way to make tender and flavorful pork chops.

Recipe Rating

Joanna Strickland

Sunday 24th of July 2022

Yummy! My Mom would make this when we were growing up! I haven’t made this in years! I am visiting my Mom for 2 weeks and have been making her favorite meals. She doesn’t get fresh home cooked meals because there is only a few of my sisters able to stay and cook. She doesn’t mind leftovers but I am enjoying watching her face light up each day while she is eating her favorite meals. This is our dinner for today, Sunday. A proper Sunday family meal!

Joann Betz

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

So don’t drain Sauerkraut?

Katie Moseman

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

Correct. Don't drain the sauerkraut.

Kim Bee

Monday 22nd of April 2013

This is seriously some yummy dinner. I need to come by for din-din.


Tuesday 23rd of April 2013

Thanks Kim! Come on over...

Lane @ Supper for a Steal

Wednesday 17th of April 2013

Love, I have some sauerkraut in the fridge and I can only eat so many reubens before I get sick of them. I can't wait to try this!


Thursday 18th of April 2013

Thanks Lane! I do the same with going on a reuben streak. I totally can relate to using sauerkraut for something else.

Pam @ Blueberries And Blessings

Tuesday 16th of April 2013

As good as the chops and all look, I'm loving the rainbow carrots ever as much! Beautiful dish for a weeknight, for sure!


Thursday 18th of April 2013

Thanks Pam. I agree, those rainbow carrots are as beautiful as they are good.