Sweet and Sour German Red Cabbage

Pam Ellingson


This is another of my recipes for Oktoberfest, and our family usually has it for either Thanksgiving or Christmas also. It is a traditional German dish that my mother made all the time for our family. It is so delightfully simple and tasty.


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3 to 4 as a side
5 Min
25 Min
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1/2 large
red cabbage, coarsely chopped
2 to 3 Tbsp
1/2 c
water (divided use)
1/2 small
apple, peeled, cored and chopped (optional)
1/4 c
apple cider vinegar
1/4 c
3-4 Tbsp
2 Tbsp
salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Sweet and Sour German Red Cabbage


  • 1Remove outer leaves of cabbage if wilted or damaged. Cut head in half, remove hard core and shred/chop coarsely as for a rough coleslaw.
  • 2Heat oil in either a 12 inch skillet or a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add chopped cabbage and stir well to cover with oil. Saute cabbage until it begins to get limp, stirring occasionally. Add optional chopped apple if using. Add 1/4 cup of water to pan and cover to steam cabbage til almost tender.
  • 3Remove cover and let any moisture evaporate. Reduce heat to medium. Add and melt the butter. Add flour and stir until incorporated. Cook for a minute or two to cook out the raw flour taste.
  • 4Measure vinegar into cup with remaining 1/4 cup water, add to cabbage along with sugar. Stir well.
  • 5Stir until flour/butter/water/vinegar/sugar mixture has thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste. This dish takes a fair amount of salt to bring out the sweet and sour flavor. I use about 1/2 tsp or more, but you will need to adjust to your taste.
  • 6Keep warm and serve with your favorite meat dish. This is particularly good with roast chicken or turkey, beef roast or pork chops/cutlets.

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About Sweet and Sour German Red Cabbage

Course/Dish: Vegetables
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: German
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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