Red Cabbage Recipe – German Cabbage Recipe – How To make Rotkohl

Prep: 10 mins – Cook: 75 mins – Total: 85 mins


  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple peeled and chopped
  • 1 head red cabbage sliced very thin
  • 3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup apple cider or apple juice
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 2 juniper berries
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Melt butter in large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion and apples and saute for 7-10 minutes until soft.
  2. Add the cabbage to the onions and apples, and cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the red wine vinegar, apple cider, sugar, bay leaf, cloves, juniper berries, and salt. Bring the liquids to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to a simmer.
  4. Simmer for 1 hour until cabbage is soft but not mushy. Serve warm or cold.

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