Cole Cooks: German Red Cabbage Recipe

Red Cabbage Recipe


One of my favorite side dishes of all-time is the red cabbage my aunt made.  She would make this for us on holidays like Christmas and Easter.  It goes great with any meat, especially Easter ham.  However, I realized this was a German dish so when Dave started making his own sauerbraten (a German pot roast) I added red cabbage as a side dish.  My aunt did not have a formal recipe but shortly after we were married I had her teach me the steps.  So here is my Auntie Pats Red Cabbage Recipe.

As mentioned, this is a side dish that goes well with many menus.  I make this along with spaetzle (recipe here) for our Sauerbraten meals.  However, traditionally we served this at Easter along with ham.  When I am not doing spaetzle, I like to make this along with my German Potato Salad.  

German Red Cabbage

This is one of my favorite sides of all-time, German red cabbage. It is a dish that perfectly balances tangy vinegar with sweet apples and sugar.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Author Erin Cole


  • 3 slices bacon
  • 1 head red cabbage
  • 2 green apples diced
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup sugar


  1. Slice bacon into cubes. Fry in a large pot and drain off most of the fat.
  2. Add sliced cabbage, apples, salt, sugar and vinegar.
  3. Cover and bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Taste and add salt, vinegar or sugar as desired.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from From my Auntie Pat's recipe

Red Cabbage Recipe
Our full German meal!



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  1. Cole Cooks Family Favorite German Sauerbraten

    […] We serve this dish with spaetzle and Erin’s German red cabbage.  Spaetzle is a style of German noodle/dumpling that is very decadent and buttery.  Erin makes the spaetzle and once again, after starting with the recipe from Rosengarten’s book she has developed her own recipe.  We have even invested in our own spaetzle maker.  You can find Erin’s recipe for spaetzle here and her recipe for red cabbage here. […]

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