Sweet and Sour German Red Cabbage

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Braised Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage, German-style! Only 4 basic ingredients, so easy to make. Perfect with to serve with pork.

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.

German Red Cabbage

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!

Sweet and Sour German Red Cabbage Recipe

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

Ingredients

  • One half a large red cabbage, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 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.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. oneal

    Delicious – like your cabbage soup recipe – after being sick, all I had was a bag of red cabbage. Quick easy and tasty. I made it with some sausages I had previously frozen. Thanks

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  2. macfadden

    Awesome! I make it regularly and always wish I had made more; everyone wants seconds.

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  3. Lora

    I love this recipe. I have made it often over the last few years. It is flavorful, but if you eat too much, it will clean your pipes for sure. Tonight I am adding a diced apple. Yum.

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  4. JT-W

    I loved it!
    I admit I did add 1/2 a thinly sliced apple, pinch of ground cloves, and a pinch of cinnamon. I will definitely make it again. Thanks.

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  5. Rose

    This is the way my Austrian mother made it, except with regular vinegar.

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