You can use hulled or pearl barley in recipes.

How to Cook Barley and Sauerkraut

by Melissa Hamilton

Barley and sauerkraut is a traditionally Polish combination of foods that are delicious, and easily paired with a variety of meats or other ingredients for a full meal. With knowledge and practice, any modern mom will be whipping up fabulous barley and sauerkraut dishes in no time. Barley has fiber and B vitamins, while sauerkraut is high in vitamins A and C, providing excellent health benefits for your family. After you’ve made this dish, you can easily heat sauerkraut and also add it to other dishes.

1. Barley and Sauerkraut

1 Add six parts water and four parts sauerkraut, including the sauerkraut juice, to a large pot or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil.

2. Barley and Sauerkraut

2 Once the sauerkraut is boiling, stir and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for one hour.

3. Barley and Sauerkraut

3 While sauerkraut is simmering, rinse one-half part barley. Rinsing barley is important as it minimizes the amount of starch in the grain and keeps the dish from having a slimy taste.

4. Barley and Sauerkraut

4 Add barley to the pot. Continue simmering until you see that the barley is fully cooked, which is approximately 30 minutes.

5. Barley and Sauerkraut

5 Add any additional ingredients you desire, stir to mix, and serve. Onions, mushrooms, celery, or pork are flavorful additions to a barley and sauerkraut dish. Simply saute the foods separately before adding the extra ingredients.

6. Barley

1 Add three parts water or broth to a large saucepan. Using chicken or vegetable broth adds flavor to the barley. If you prefer an unflavored barley, use water with a large pinch of salt.

7. Barley

2 Bring the water or broth to a boil.

8. Barley

3 Add one part barley and stir. Turn heat to low and simmer, covered, for 45 to 50 minutes.

9. Barley

4 Remove from heat and let stand uncovered for five more minutes. Drain any excess liquid before serving or mixing with other foods.

10. Sauerkraut

1 Put two parts sauerkraut and three parts water in a pot. Add any juice from the sauerkraut container to the pot as well. It will add extra flavor to the sauerkraut.

11. Sauerkraut

2 Cook the sauerkraut until it is boiling, stirring occasionally.

12. Sauerkraut

3 Simmer for an hour before serving or before using it with other ingredients.

Items you will need

  • Barley
  • Sauerkraut
  • Large pot
  • Broth
  • Salt


  • Polish sausage is a delicious pairing with sauerkraut, as well as in a barley and sauerkraut soup. Try mixing barley with lentils and creating a healthy soup for your family.


About the Author

Melissa Hamilton began writing professionally in 2007. She has enjoyed cooking creatively in the kitchen from a young age. In addition to writing cooking articles for various publications, she currently works in the restaurant industry as a food and beverage trainer.

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