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Sweet and Sour Cabbage

This sweet and sour cabbage is the perfect easy yet tasty side dish. Red cabbage and a sweet apple are braised in sugar and vinegar, resulting in the most tender and delicious cabbage.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, German
Keyword red cabbage recipe, sweet and sour cabbage
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 8 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 52kcal
Author Tanya


  • 1 medium head red cabbage chopped into large chunks (about 6-7 cups)
  • 1 sweet apple Fuji, honey crisp, etc
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons kosher salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice


  • Place the chopped cabbage, apple, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, black pepper, and allspice in a large heavy-bottomed pot. Cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and place it over medium-low heat.
  • Allow the cabbage to cook, over medium-low heat, for about 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes, until the cabbage is tender.
  • Remove from heat, serve, and enjoy.


  • Use a heavy-bottomed pot with a tight-fitting lid so the liquid stays inside the pot. Cabbage will release a good bit of liquid while it cooks.
  • Keep the heat on medium-low and stir about every 20 minutes.


Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 873mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg