Braised Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

Print
Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

A reader emailed the other day asking if I was Austrian on account of all the sauerkraut and cabbage recipes on Simply Recipes. My father’s grandparents on both sides were from Austria and he grew up with many traditional German and Austrian dishes and a love for cooked cabbage in all forms.

This is one of our favorite ways to prepare red cabbage—sautéed with butter, sprinkled with sugar and balsamic vinegar and simmered until tender. When the holidays come round, we take it up a notch, adding chopped apples, onions, and if we have them, roasted chestnuts. It’s wonderful served alongside pork chops or a pork roast.

Braised Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage Recipe

Print
  • Prep time: 7 minutes
  • Cook time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3-4

Ingredients

  • One half a large red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Method

1 Sauté sliced cabbage in butter: Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the thinly sliced red cabbage and toss to coat with the butter. Sauté until slightly wilted, about 5 minutes.

2 Add sugar, balsamic vinegar, cover and simmer: Sprinkle sugar over the cabbage and toss to coat evenly. Add the balsamic vinegar to the pot. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium low. Cover and simmer until the cabbage is completely tender, stirring often, about 30 minutes total.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Hello! All photos and content are copyright protected. Please do not use our photos without prior written permission. If you wish to republish this recipe, please rewrite the recipe in your own unique words and link back to Braised Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage on Simply Recipes. Thank you!

Print

If you make this recipe, snap a pic and hashtag it #simplyrecipes — We love to see your creations on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter!

German Red Cabbage

Showing 4 of 52 Comments

  • Lora

    I paired this with a bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin tonight. Here in Vienna, the vegetables are so beautiful and remind me of my grandmother’s garden. When I washed the cabbage, I had a beautiful cobalt blue sink by the time I was done. Then when I cooked it up (I added one apple with the thinly sliced with the peel on) I had the whole thing looking such a rich hue of purple. It was delicious and just like what they serve at Schmidt’s in Columbus, Oh (which is just the way I like it). I hate to measure things, so I’m sure it wasn’t just like this recipe, but it included all the ingredients. My Austrian husband was quite surprised to find out how much he liked it.

  • Marian

    Simply, delish! Exchanged the butter for vegetable broth to make vegan side dish, added a few carraway seeds half way through the cooking time. I’ll definitely add this to the dinner rotation.

  • Mary Ann Schrall

    Plan to try the recipe shortly. Both my parents were from Austria and my mother made sweet and sour red cabbage but, unfortunately, I wasn’t smart enough to learn how to make it. She was a wonderful cook and baker!

  • Britt

    Wow! This was absolutely delicious. The cabbage partially caramelized and it took only 30 minutes in total. My husband has requested that I only make cabbage this way going forward. Thanks for an excellent recipe.

  • Maureen

    This was awesome!! I used honey instead of sugar and it worked out great. It was so easy, and the balsamic really makes it the dish. Exactly what I was looking for, thank you so much!

View More Comments / Leave a Comment