Oma's Quick German Sauerbraten

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Make Oma's German sauerbraten in a pressure cooker in order to have this traditional German dinner on your table in 2 hours rather than 5 days!

And, it's WUNDERBAR!

In the photo above, I'm just about to seal the Instant Pot pressure cooker. The meat has been browned and is ready to become fork-tender in just about one hour (the pressure and release time).

Sauerbraten, made in an Instant Pot pressure cooker!

Sauerbraten can be so easy and quick to make, especially using a pressure cooker. No marinating for days.

Now, the results won't be the same in a side-by-side comparison, but if it's already 4 pm and you want dinner on the table at 6 pm, this is the one you make.

It's tender. It's got that sauerbraten flavor. What's not to love?

Here, I'm serving this pressure cooked sauerbraten with creamed Brussels sprouts and boiled potatoes. Traditional German dinner. Wunderbar!

Sauerbraten, made in a pressure cooker, makes for an easy meal!

Why use a pressure cooker?

A traditional German Sauerbraten is so easy to make, but it's NOT quick ... it takes time to marinate and to cook.

One needs to plan several days for the marinating to take place. So, if you're wanting a sauerbraten dinner, but you didn't plan it in advance, using the pressure cooker will make it happen. 

That's what I did above. While the meat was cooking I cooked the Brussels sprouts and the potatoes. I even had time to catch up on my Facebook posts. I started at 4 and we ate at 6. :)

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Want a traditional marinated Sauerbraten?

Here's the traditionally marinated German Sauerbraten recipe from my Mutti. She even used the slow cooker to make it easier.

Sauerbraten, made easily in your Instant Pot. You have got to try this yummy recipe!

Mutti loved to use her slow cooker, so she converted the traditional recipe she grew up with (the kind that marinates for days) for the slow cooker. You can check it out here. No slow cooker? I've included the instructions for stove top as well.

But, you're wanting fast, right now? Here's the Pressure cooker recipe that I'm sure will become a favorite. I've only used the Instant Pot pressure cooker, but I'm sure it will work in any other type as well.

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German Sauerbraten in a Pressure Cooker

Make Oma's German sauerbraten in a pressure cooker in order to have this traditional German dinner on your table in 2 hours rather than 5 days!

In the photo here, I'm just about to seal the Instant Pot pressure cooker. The meat has been browned and is ready to become fork-tender in just about one hour. Serve this with some red cabbage on the side. YUM!

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook + Pressure Time

80 minutes

Total Time

120 minutes


Makes 4 - 6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons oil, bacon fat, or butter
  • approx 2 pounds bottom round beef roast
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 rib celery, diced
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup red wine
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 4 bay leaves
  • salt and lots of freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulate sugar (optional)


  1. Put Instant Pot onto Sauté. Add oil, bacon fat, or butter and brown meat on all sides.
  2. Remove meat and add diced onions, carrots, and celery and sauté for a few minutes until slightly softened.
  3. Return meat. Add liquids and bay leaved. Sprinkle with about ½ teaspoon salt and lots of freshly ground pepper.
  4. Seal Instant Pot lid and set to manual, Hi pressure, 40 minutes. 
  5. Do a 10 minutes natural pressure release and then a quick release.
  6. Remove meat and let rest, covered, while you make the gravy.
  7. Use an immersion blender to blend the veggies into the cooking liquid. Season with additional salt, freshly ground pepper, and sugar (if using.) If desired, you can thicken further with a cornstarch slurry (1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water)


  • If you wish you can brown the meat and veggies in a separate saucepan, deglaze with the liquids, and then put it all into the pressure cooker. Whichever is easier for you.
  • Omit red wine vinegar and use ½ cup red wine and 1 cup beef broth for a less sour flavor. 
  • If you have time, try the traditional German sauerbraten and see which you like better.

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Sauerbraten, made in an Instant Pot pressure cooker

Oma's German Sauerbraten Recipe


Oma's German Sauerbraten Recipe

Make Oma's German Sauerbraten in an Instant Pot pressure cooker & have this traditional German dinner on your table in 2 hours rather than 5 days! And, it's WUNDERBAR!

Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Ingredients: oil, roast, onions, carrots, celeru, red wine vinegar, red wine, beef broth, seasonings,

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