Pork Steaks and Sauerkraut Recipe

Pork steaks and sauerkraut recipe

The Spruce Eats / Katarina Zunic

  • Total: 95 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 75 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
324 Calories
5g Fat
60g Carbs
14g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 324
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 569mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Protein 14g
Calcium 74mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe for pork steaks and sauerkraut is a one-pot dinner that can be made in the oven or on the stovetop. Pork steaks come from the Boston butt or pork shoulder cut. If you can't find them, ask your butcher to cut a pork shoulder roast into 3/4-inch slices.
Pork steaks are so reasonable.

Ingredients

  • 6 (3/4-inch) pork steaks
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 2 red apples (cored, but unpeeled and coarsely chopped)
  • 1 pound sauerkraut (drained and rinsed or unrinsed, as you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (or regular mustard)
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds (plus more, if needed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 russet potatoes (peeled and cut into quarters lengthwise)
  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Gather the ingredients for pork steak and sauerkraut recipe
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  2. Trim some (not all) of the excess fat from the edges of the pork steaks and render in a Dutch oven.

    Put pork in Dutch oven
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  3. Rinse and pat dry the pork steaks. 

    Pat dry
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  4. Salt and pepper both sides, then brown them in batches in rendered pork fat.

    Cook
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  5. Remove to a platter.

    Remove to platter
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  6. Add onions to drippings in the Dutch oven and sauté until translucent.

    Add onions
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  7. Add apples and caramelize slightly.

    Add apples
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  8. Add sauerkraut, water, brown sugar, mustard, caraway seeds, and salt, and mix well.

    Add apple
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Oven Method

  1. If baking, heat oven to 350 F.

  2. Place pork steaks in the bottom of the Dutch oven and cover with the kraut mixture.

    Place pork steaks in dutch oven
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  3. Cover and bake for 30 minutes.

    Cover and bake
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  4. Place potato wedges on top of kraut mixture, cover, and bake an additional 30 minutes.

    Bake
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  5. Test meat to make sure it is tender.

    Test meat
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  6. If not, remove the potatoes (if they are done) and return pork steaks and kraut to the oven until fully tender.

    Serve on plate
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  7. When meat and potatoes are done, remove them to a platter and keep warm.

    Plate
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  8. Mix applesauce with kraut, cover, and return to oven for 15 minutes.

    Mix applesauce with kraut
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  9. Serve with pan juices.

Stovetop Method

  1. If using the stovetop method, place pork steaks in the bottom of the Dutch oven and cover with the kraut mixture.

    Steaks and kraut in Dutch oven
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  2. Cover and simmer on the stovetop for 30 minutes.

    Ingredients in crockpot
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  3. Place potato wedges on top of kraut mixture, cover, and simmer an additional 30 minutes.

    Place potato wedges on top
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  4. Test meat to make sure it is tender.

    Pork steaks and sauerkraut
    The Spruce Eats / Katarina Zunic
  5. If not, remove the potatoes (if they are done) and return pork steaks and kraut to the Dutch oven and simmer until fully tender.

    Test meat
    The Spruce Eats / Katarina Zunic
  6. When meat and potatoes are done, remove them to a platter and keep warm.

    Serve on plate
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  7. Mix applesauce with kraut, cover, and return to simmer for 15 minutes.

    Mix applesauce and kraut
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  8. Serve with pan juices.

    Serve with pan juices
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  9. Enjoy!