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A bowl of braised red cabbage.

Braised Red Cabbage

Tender-crisp red cabbage transforms into a tangy and savory side dish recipe in this classic German Braised Red Cabbage. This is my twist on traditional Rotkohl, a sweet-sour cabbage dish often served alongside Rouladen and other German entrees.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine German
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 (1 cup) servings
Calories 182kcal



  • In a small bowl, place half of the sliced apples. Add the sliced chives and half the vinegar (1 1/2 teaspoons). Stir to combine. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Meanwhile, in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, combine the cabbage, red onion and water, and cook until the cabbage begins to soften, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the broth, remaining sliced apples, and remaining vinegar. Stir until combined. Cover and cook until cabbage has softened, about 4-6 minutes more. Remove from heat, add marinated apple mixture and toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. (I like 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper).



  1. Apples: To peel, core, and slice the fruit, use a paring knife to carefully peel the apples. On a cutting board, set an apple upright and slice in half. Place each apple half cut-side down and cut in half again (you will now have 4 quarters of an apple). Set each apple quarter on a flat angle side and slice out the core. Cut each cored apple quarter into slices.
  2. Cabbage: To core and slice cabbage, remove any damaged or browned outer leaves and rinse under cold water. On a cutting board, set the head of cabbage upright on the stem and cut in half. Place each cabbage half cut-side down and cut in half again (you will now have 4 quarters of cabbage). Set each cabbage quarter on its outer leaves, exposing the core, and slice out the core away from you. Set each quarter down on a cut-side and slice crosswise from top to bottom.
  3. Chicken broth: Opt for store-bought or homemade broth; either will do. For a vegetarian- or vegan-friendly substitute, use vegetable broth.
  4. Yield: This Braised Red Cabbage recipe makes six 1-cup, side dish-sized servings.
  5. Storage: Store leftovers covered for up to 4 days.
  6. Make ahead: Make braised red cabbage up to 3 days in advance, then reheat on the stove top before serving.
  7. Freezer: Cool the braised red cabbage completely, then transfer to a freezer-safe container. Label, date, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat on the stove.
  8. Make it a meal: This Braised Red Cabbage is a brilliant side dish for Rouladen and any fried protein or cheesy casserole that could use some brightness and acidity to cut through the richness. Try this cabbage recipe alongside Chicken Milanese, atop a Pork Tenderloin Sandwich, or paired with Easy Goulash.


Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 1057mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 309IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg