Instant Pot Smoked Sausage Stew

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Instant Pot Smoked Sausage Stew is such a comforting fall dish.

This stew is a meal in-and-of-itself and with the help of your Instant Pot, it is on the table within about 40 minutes! Loaded with flavor, this is one recipe you’ll want to make time and time again!

A large white bowl filled with smoked sausage stew and a piece of toasted bread stuck in the side with carrots in the background.


You hear us say this a lot, but we truly feel that the best dishes we put on the table use simple and straight-forward techniques and rely on fresh and quality ingredients.

This Instant Pot Smoked Sausage Stew is absolutely no exception. We knew we needed a super flavorful smoked sausage that was loaded with traditional spices and packed with flavor.

That was easy…our go-to choice is always Hillshire Farms Smoked Sausage. We’ll round out the incredible flavors with fresh vegetables, chicken stock, apple cider and sauerkraut. Now that’s a stew worth writing home about!

A package of smoked sausage with fresh vegetables in front of an Instant Pot.


Making Instant Pot Smoked Sausage Stew is incredibly easy, but the end result is just amazing.

There is just something so satisfying about being able to create a stew that is this flavorful in all of 40 minutes from start to finish!

Watch us show you how easy it is to make this incredible Instant Pot Smoked Sausage Stew!


We find that slicing the Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage into large chunks makes for a more hearty stew.

We also like to cut the vegetables a little larger than you normally might, because this helps them not get too soft when they cook in the high heat of the pressure cooker.

Smoked sausage and fresh vegetables are the key ingredients in this awesome Smoked Sausage Stew, but we’re just getting started!

Two hands using a chef's knife to cut thick slices of smoked sausage and potatoes on a cutting board.


To get the party going, we turn our Instant Pot to SAUTE on High and get it nice and hot.

Then we add the sausage chunks and cook them until they are nicely browned.

EXPERT TIP: Searing the smoked sausage not only helps to lock in delicious flavor, it also creates a layer of goodness on the bottom of the pan that gets soaked into the stew magic.

A large pot of sliced and seared smoked sausage pieces for smoked sausage stew.

Next is an easy sauté of the onion, celery, carrots, and garlic. A healthy pinch of dried thyme is always a nice touch.

Next we add in the chicken stock, apple cider, bay leaves, and potatoes.  If you can, using homemade chicken stock makes this stew even better!

And then back in goes the seared smoked sausage. This is so easy…and is already looking amazing!

A wooden cutting board with sliced seared smoked sausage that is being transferred into an Instant Pot with chicken stock and bay leaves.


Now it’s time to pressure cook the Instant Pot Smoked Sausage Stew!

Secure the lid in place, turn the valve to ‘Sealing’, and then set the Instant Pot on the Pressure Cook or Manual or Stew setting on High to just 4 minutes!

Soon the valve will seal, the right high-pressure temperature is reached, and in just a few minutes, it’s ready to release the steam!

Once all the pressure has been released, and the little valve has lowered again, it’s time to lift the lid and behold the beauty of the stew.

But wait!! You’re not finished, it’s time to stir in the prepared, drained sauerkraut!

A pair of tongs getting ready to lower sauerkraut into a pot of smoked sausage stew.


You won’t believe the incredible smell as the Instant Pot is releasing steam.

The broth is just incredible, and we love to serve it with thickly sliced, toasted bread.

Perfect for sopping up all the deliciousness! And wait until you bite into the incredible Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage.  Mmmm.

A close up view of a bowl full of stew with sausage, potatoes and carrots.

We just love this Instant Pot Smoked Sausage Stew so much. And as you can see (and practically smell), the star of this dish is Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage.

The flavors simply are the best around and work wonderfully in the stew.

We always pick up our Hillshire Smoked Sausage at our local Kroger family of brands store. We love Kroger! Click here to add them to your cart or list!

An overhead view of a package of smoked sausage next to a bowl of smoked sausage stew surrounded by vegetables on a white board.

Ready to get comfy this fall with one of the most delicious stews you’ll ever serve? Go for it!

And when you make this awesome dish, be sure to take a photo, post on Instagram, and tag: @howtofeedaloon and @Krogerco and @hillshirefarm!

Instant Pot Smoked Sausage Stew in a white bowl

Instant Pot Smoked Sausage Stew

This Instant Pot Smoked Sausage Stew is so heart-warming and feels like it has been slow-cooked for hours. But actually is ready to eat in only about 40 minutes with the use of your Instant Pot!
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Appetizer or Side Dish, Soup or Stew
Cuisine: American, German
Keyword: Easy Sausage Stew Recipe, German sausage stew, Instant Pot stew, Smoked Sausage Instant Pot
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 159kcal


  • Instant Pot


  • 2 tsp olive oil divided
  • 1 14 oz. Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage Cut into 1½-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 ribs celery chopped
  • 2 carrots sliced into ½-inch rounds
  • 1 lb potatoes small gold, cut into halves or quarters
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp thyme dried
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 1 cup sauerkraut drained
  • whole grain mustard for garnish, optional


  • Using the SAUTE function, add the oil into the Instant Pot. Once hot, add the sliced smoked sausage, stirring occassionally, until lightly browned all over. Remove from Instant Pot.
  • Add the onion and saute until soft, using a wooden spoon to scrape up any of the sausage bits that are stuck to the bottom of the pan, about 4 minutes.
  • Next, add the celery and carrots and cook for about 1 minute. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Hit CANCEL. Now, add the potatoes, bay leaves, thyme, chicken stock, apple cider, salt pepper, and finally, the sautéed sausage. Cover and set Release Valve to Sealing. Select PRESSURE COOK or MANUAL or STEW on High for 4 minutes.
  • When pressure cooking has finished, hit CANCEL. Naturally Release for 5 minutes, and then very carefully move the Release Valve to Venting for Quick Release.
  • Once the valve drops, carefully remove the lid. Stir in the sauerkraut. Taste and add more salt, if desired.
  • Remove the bay leaves and serve at once, with whole grain mustard on the side, if desired.



Cutting the sausage and vegetables into larger pieces will keep them somewhat firmer as they pressure cook, and not be too soft when served. 
We love using small Yukon gold potatoes, but red potatoes work great, too. 
If you can't find apple cider, regular apple juice can be used as a substitute. 


Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 809mg | Potassium: 695mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 3457IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 3mg
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    • Hi Donna! You’ll want to use apple cider, not vinegar. Hope this helps and let us know if you make the stew and how it turns out! It’s one of our favorites! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • This recipe sounds amazing but, I am a little concerned about that amount of apple cider vinegar? I use Braggs and it is really strong! Also I don’t happen to have sauerkraut on hand. Can I skip that? Will leaving it out affect the taste? Can’t wait to try this!

    • Hi there! If you’ve got strong apple cider vinegar, then cut the amount in half. No problem! And you can omit the sauerkraut (although it does add a lot of flavor!). You’ll be good! Let us know if you make the stew and what you think! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    My hubby is German born and he said I could make this stew anytime!! Sooo good. Followed the recipe except for using fresh thyme which I had on hand. Served with crusty cheesy bread- yum!!!! Making this for the second time tonight because we are having frigid temps in Texas and this will hit the spot. Thank you for sharing and love the video!! Y’all are so fun to watch. 🙂

    • Hi Rachel! Woo hoo! We are so so happy you and your German hubby enjoyed the smoked sausage stew! That means the world to us! Thank you so much for sharing and the GREAT review. We truly appreciate that so so much!

  • 5 stars
    I think Ive only made one stew I liked in my life. This is the second! I’m saving this recipe. Very tasty and the vegetables were perfectly cooked! Thanks so much!

    • Hi Karen!!! Yay!!! You just made us so so happy! We are thrilled you loved the stew and thank you SO MUCH for letting us know and for the GREAT review! That means the world to us!! Please stay in touch!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    We’ve been trying different instant pot meals during our 2020 spring, summer and fall camping trips. This is our favorite recipe of all. The flavors are incredible. Highly recommend.

  • 5 stars
    I made this tonight with some home grown smoked sausage. My mom made sausage stew when I was a kid. But I wanted the adaptations for the instant pot. Love it!

    • Hi Carl! Wow! Home grown smoked sausage sounds absolutely amazing! We bet it was pretty spectucular in the stew. Thank you so much for letting us know and for the great review. We appreciate that so very much. Please stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • When to add the sausage again is not in the recipe. You see I printed the recipe and then began. Please add that.
    The recipe is delicious.

    • Hi Diane! So sorry about that! We’ve updated the recipe to include that step. So glad you still enjoyed the dish. It’s definitely one of our favorites! All the best, Kris & Wesley

    • Hi Tracy! Yes! Sear the the sausage first in a skillet and then add it all (except the kraut) to the crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 3 to 4. Stir in the sauerkraut in the last 10 minutes. Let us know how it turns out! All the best, Kris & Wesley

    • Hi Mary!! Woo hoo!! Great call on the turkey kielbasa! So so so happy you loved the stew and THANK YOU so much for the awesome review and for letting us know. We appreciate that so very much! Stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • Well boys – you did it again!! This smoked sausage stew is DELICOUS!! I cooked this recipe as my maiden voyage in my intant pot and I am hooked. My husband and I LOVED this recipe – it is autumn on a spoon. I was a little nervous adding the sauerkraut and the mustard – but YES..YES..YES!!!!
    Tonight I am making your Honey Balsamic Chicken and Carrots – can’t wait!!!
    I love you both so much – your energy is contagious and I watch your videos all the time to brighten my day. Keep it up – can’t wait to see what you come up with next!!!

    • Hi Marie!

      Woo hoo!!! Nothing makes us happier than to hear what you just described! The sauerkraut and mustard add such a warmth and unique fall taste, right? Thank you so so so much for your kind words and support. We’re pretty sure you’re gonna love the Honey Balsamic Chicken and Carrot! It’s one of our favorites! Thank you again and please stay in touch!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

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