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German Style Red Cabbage with Apples

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Red cabbage braised with apples and spices. This side is a little sweet, a little sour and is perfect served with any kind of pork.

bowlful of braised red cabbage with apples and raisins

We have been getting a lot of delicious cabbage in our weekly produce boxes. Giant heads of green cabbage and smaller but oh so vibrant heads of red cabbage alike have been nestled in our treasure troves of veggies. 

Now cabbage is a vegetable I’m not usually creative with. I buy a few heads a year to make Carlee’s cabbage, a family favorite that was names after me in my childhood. We also have cabbage in our corned beef feast around St. Patrick’s day. 

heads of red cabbage, apples and onions

I do enjoy a good creamy cole slaw or egg roll bowl occasionally too, but I normally cheat a bit and buy a bag of preshredded mix for that.

Add to that the fact that my husband really isn’t a cabbage fan and I’ve had my work cut out for me to stay ahead of the cabbage supply!

Luckily he was at least mildly impressed with the cheesy cabbage casserole and I loved it! So that helped use the green cabbage.  While I’m sure it would taste good with red, can you imagine how it would look?! Eek!

dutch oven full of sliced red cabbage

 So I thought a German style braised cabbage would be a good option. So I went to pinterest to find a recipe.

 I ended up finding quite a few and pulling bits from each. I went light on the nutmeg and cloves because I wasn’t quite sure how I’d like it. Next time I think I would be braver and add a bit more.

braised red cabbage in the dutch oven

A bit of vinegar is necessary to give it that tang and a bit of sweet is needed to balance it. Instead of using sugar, I grated in some apple. Then on a whim I tossed in some raisins as well.

 I am so glad I did. They did offer some additional sweetness and a bit of texture as well. I didn’t see them in any of the recipes I was perusing, so I doubt it’s traditional, but sometimes you have to try new things!

dinner plate with braised cabbage pork loin and german potato salad

We served this up with some bacon wrapped pork loin and some German style potato salad I’ll be sharing soon. It would also be great with wiener schnitzeljaegerschitzel or sausages!

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Yield: 12 Servings

German Style Red Cabbage with Apples

bowl of cooked red cabbage with apples

Red cabbage braised with apples and spices. This side is a little sweet, a little sour and is perfect served with any kind of pork.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes


  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 medium or 2 small heads red cabbage
  • 3 apples
  • 3 T apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon


  1. Chop onion. In a large pot with cover, I used a dutch oven, melt the butter and add the onions. Saute over medium heat for a couple of minutes until the onions are translucent.
  2. Quarter the cabbage and shred into small strips. Add to the pot with the onion. Saute, stirring occasionally for about 5 more minutes.
  3. Grate in the apples and add the vinegar, water, salt, nutmeg, coves, pepper and raisins. Cover and cook over low heat for about an hour.
  4. Remove lid and continue to cook until the cabbage is soft and the liquid is reduced to your liking.
  5. Stir in the lemon juice and adjust the seasonings to your liking.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 85Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 236mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 4gSugar: 11gProtein: 2g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Red cabbage braised with apples and spices. This side is a little sweet, a little sour and is perfect served with any kind of pork.

Thanks for sharing!


Thursday 30th of June 2022

Beautiful to look at and delicious, too. I was surprised at how tasty this was straight from the refrigerator the next day. I think I like this cold...however, we had Sweet Italian Turkey sausages with it for a warm dinner and it was a big hit. Thank you very much. As I write this, I am cooking my second batch for this month!!


Thursday 30th of June 2022

That makes me so happy! I am so glad you are enjoying it.


Monday 14th of March 2022

Very good recipe. Will make again.


Monday 14th of March 2022

I'm glad you liked it!


Wednesday 9th of February 2022

I added a good splash of Vermont maple syrup. This was SO good!


Wednesday 9th of February 2022

That sounds amazing!


Sunday 18th of April 2021

This is one of the best recipes I ever made. It is so delicious, I am addicted to eating this! It’s low fat (I cut down the butter), healthy and so filling! I gave some to my neighbor who is a vegetarian and she fell I love with it as well, she even eats it for breakfast! Thank you Carlee for turning me on to this! I will definitely give your other recipes a try!


Sunday 18th of April 2021

That makes me so happy! I am so glad you enjoy it!


Wednesday 22nd of August 2018

Mmmm! This would be amazing beside a nice pork roast. Looks so fresh and delish! Thanks so much for sharing at the Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party! Have a wonderful week!

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