Bavarian style red cabbage

Recipe Information

Bavarian style red cabbage is a delicious Bavarian recipe usually served as a appetizer. It requires about 20 minutes of prep time and about 55 minutes of cooking time for a combined total time of 1 hour, 15 minutes. The overall cooking skill level is considered easy. This recipe will yield 8 servings if prepared as directed.
Servings 8
Preparation Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 55 Minutes
Total Time 1 Hour, 15 Minutes
Difficulty Easy
Main Ingredient Apples; Cabbage
Category Fruit; Vegetables
Meal Lunch; Dinner
Type Appetizer; Side Dish
Cuisine Bavarian; German
Cook Method Sautéing; Stove Top


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 large head of red cabbage, shredded

  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped or coarsely grated

  • 1 cup unsweetened apple juice

  • 1 cup red wine vinegar

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds (optional)

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Ground black pepper, to taste


  • Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven or a deep pot.

  • Add the sliced onions into the pot and cook for about 3 minutes or until they are tender.

  • Add the shredded cabbage and chopped apples to the pot, and sauté for another 2-3 minutes.

  • Pour the apple juice and vinegar into the cabbage mixture.

  • Add the nutmeg, cloves, brown sugar, and caraway seeds (if desired).

  • Bring the mixture to a simmer. Once simmering, cover the pot with a lid and cook for 30-45 minutes. The cabbage should be cooked, but not mushy.

  • Add salt and pepper to desired taste. Serve immediately.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories: 167 cal

  • Total fat: 2g

  • Saturated fat: <1g

  • Monounsaturated fat: 1g

  • Cholesterol: 0mg

  • Sodium: 340mg

  • Potassium: 522mg

  • Carbohydrate: 39g

  • Fiber: 4g

  • Protein: 2g