German Red Cabbage Recipe (Rotkohl)

This classic German Red Cabbage Recipe is braised until tender with wine, spices, sugar, and vinegar for an unbelievable vegetable side dish.

You will fall in love with the taste of this amazing cabbage recipe.


– red onion – Granny Smith apples – red cabbage – dry red wine – granulated sugar – cloves

Add the lard to a large rondeau or pot and heat over medium heat. Place in the onions, gently season with salt, and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes or until they start to turn brown.

Turn the heat down to medium-low and cook for 10 to 12 minutes while stirring occasionally. Stir in the apples over medium-high heat and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes.

Next, add in the cabbage, gently season with salt, and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes to break it down a little.

Deglaze with the red wine and cook until it is mostly absorbed or only a few tablespoons remain.

Add in the sugar, cloves, bay leaves, vinegar, and water and stir until combined. Place on a lid and simmer over low to medium heat for 30 minutes.

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