German Rice Recipe -
German Rice Recipe

German Rice

Recipe by  

"A delicious mixture of some traditional German ingredients makes for instant and easy comfort food."

+ Recipe Box + Shopping List + Menu Print

Ingredients Edit and Save

Original recipe makes 7 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    50 mins

    1 hr 5 mins


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, heat the olive oil, and cook the skinned bratwurst until browned, breaking the sausage up into chunks as it cooks, about 10 minutes. Stir in the onions and garlic, and cook until the onions are translucent, about 5 more minutes. Mix in fennel seed and sauerkraut with juice, and allow the mixture to pan-fry for 2 minutes without stirring.
  2. Mix in the rice and soup base, and stir until the rice is colored and the soup base is incorporated, about 2 more minutes. Stir in water, black pepper, and raisins, and bring to a boil; cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until rice is tender and almost all the water has absorbed, about 30 minutes.
Kitchen-Friendly View


  • Cook's Notes
  • I like to use bratwurst sausages, and remove the skins before cooking instead of buying it ground. That way when I fry it in the pan and break it up, I can leave big chunks as well as smaller ground meat.
  • Alternate forms of rice cooking work just as well, like boiling until almost all of the water is even with the top of the rice mixture (no more floating rice), then remove from heat, cover and let sit for 15 minutes.

Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 12, 2012

This was an excellent recipe. We all loved it. I used whole rice instead of white... and I used a little extra meat. When we came back from the bar later on in the evening we had some left overs and topped it with some BBQ sauce or some mustard and it was awsome!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 19, 2014

We all loved it the first night we had it but it didn't taste as good leftover. If I make it again I will cut the recipe in half.

May 03, 2012

This was excellent. I think next time I will mix the rice and meat mixtures in the frying pan before serving just for the ease of serving but the meal was excellent.

Aug 29, 2014

Excellent! Of course had to change a bit with what was on hand...I used ground sausage, not bratwurst, because I'm lazy. Also added some celery seed with the fennel. Not sure if my sauerkraut was Bavarian, it's sauerkraut I get from the refrigerated section in a bag. The sauerkraut tang was there but just toned down enough that it's not all you think of. I used beef base instead of chicken. I was generous with the raisins, and they did not taste like raisins when the dish was done, just delicious so don't leave them out :) Servings are very generous. Now I am wondering what subbing some beer for the water would taste like...? Thanks for the fabulous recipe!

Nov 01, 2013

I just made this. I love the balance of the flavors. I like sauerkraut but usually find it overwhelms whatever it is eaten with. The rice mellows out the sauerkraut perfectly.

Jan 08, 2015

This was delicious. I did make one change in the recipe. I only used one cup of rice and two cups of water with the chicken soup base. The next time, and there will be a next time, I will add more raisins. This was a nice combination of flavors and was even better the next day. Thank you Natdiamond, for sharing your recipe.

Oct 10, 2014

This was realllllly good :0) My guy didn't like it so much but, I did. It's a fruit thing, we didn't have raisins so I used cranberries. Don't worry I'll eat it. YUMMY.. Thanks for posting.

Sep 05, 2013

This more than satisfied my bratwurst and sauerkraut craving! This is an excellent comfort food dish, and it came together very quickly on the stove making it a great week night meal. Make sure you grab a large enough pot because this makes A LOT!


Rate This Recipe

Glad you liked it! Your friends will, too:


  • Calories
  • 716 kcal
  • 36%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 79 g
  • 25%
  • Cholesterol
  • 59 mg
  • 20%
  • Fat
  • 35.2 g
  • 54%
  • Fiber
  • 3.7 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 19 g
  • 38%
  • Sodium
  • 1633 mg
  • 65%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

See More

About the Cook

Subscribe Today!

In Season

Not The Same Old Chicken
Not The Same Old Chicken

We have so many top-rated chicken recipes, you'll never run out of dinner ideas again.

Slow Cooker Time Savers
Slow Cooker Time Savers

Imagine dinner making itself in the slow cooker while you relax or do other things.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

Related Videos

How to Make Fried Rice

See how to turn leftovers into a fast and delicious meal.

Rice Balls a la Tim

See how to make beefy baked rice balls with tomato sauce.

Authentic German Potato Salad

See how to make traditional vinegar-based potato salad with crumbled bacon.

Recently Viewed Recipes

Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States