Red Cabbage Recipe

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Today I show you my red cabbage recipe.

When I see the cabbage heads in the field, I’m already looking forward to the upcoming canning.

Red cabbage tastes simply delicious, find here the essential tips and ideas from my kitchen summarized.

Enjoy reading and good luck!

1. Recipe Red Cabbage

Red Cabbage

Cooked, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 4
Calories 146
Total Time 255 Min.
Preparation Time 15 Min.
Cook Time 140 Min.

Simple guide for cooking blue cabbage.

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Red cabbage recipe image © Thomas Sixt


500 g red cabbage finely chopped (raw)
100 ml Vegetable broth
120 g applesauce (or fresh apples finely diced)
3 tbs Cranberries (sweet cranberry compote from the glass)
150 ml white wine (dry, alternatively red wine plus the new secret ingredient)
30 ml balsamico
1 pc onion
1 pc bay leave (place on the onion)
3 pc cloves (stick through bay leaf and onion)
some Salt


blue cabbage finely cut
blue cabbage finely cut

Cut cabbage

Finely slice or shave the blue cabbage.

Marinate red cabbage.
Red cabbage with cranberries and applesauce

Marinade cabbage

Mix the finely chopped blue cabbage with

–> chicken stock (alternative: vegetable stock)

–> apple puree

–> cranberries

–> white wine

–> balsamic vinegar

–> mix salt and pepper.

Knead the marinated red cabbage with your hands
Knead the red cabbage

Knead cabbage

Knead the blue cabbage well.

This breaks the cell structure of the blue cabbage and the spices penetrate wonderfully.

The prepared blue cabbage can now marinate overnight in the pot in the refrigerator.

You can also cook the cabbage immediately.

Onion peppered with bay leaf and cloves
Onion peppered with bay leaf and cloves

Cooking cabbage

Before boiling, add the halved onion peppered with bay leaf and clove.

Alternatively, you can put the aromatics in a tea bag and sweat the onions finely diced in advance.

Port wine in red cabbage
The secret ingredient for the perfect red cabbage;)

Refine cabbage

Bring the red cabbage to the boil with the lid on, then simmer gently with the lid on for 1.5-2.5 hours.

If necessary, add some more vegetable broth.

You can additionally season the cabbage with port wine (secret ingredient).

Cooking red cabbage
Cook the red cabbage for at least 2 hours.

Finish cabbage

Season the red cabbage to taste with salt and pepper and keep it hot for serving.


2. Nutritional Values

3. Red Cabbage and Its Regional Names

Rotkohl, blue cabbage is the North German name, Rotkraut is said in Central Germany and also Austria, Blaukraut is said in Southern Germany to this delicious cabbage.

The cabbage is a classic and typical side dish to a festive or Sunday roast, for example Sauerbraten or Roulades

Personally, I also like to eat vegetarian and leave out the animal ingredients when preparing red cabbage.

Great tastes the cabbage in the bourgeois variant for me also to dumplings of all kinds and potatoes.

Raw, the cabbage is also super – so in the warm season as a salad or part of a Buddhabowl, see my red cabbage salad.

Below I show you the classic way of preparing it, as it is most beautiful for Christmas goose.

The cabbage is best fresh, but if it should go fast, it may also be the cabbage from the jar or the freezer.

This then please enhance to taste with the mentioned aromatics and apples / apple compote.

Red cabbage tastes best from the field into the pot.

4. Safely Cut Red Cabbage

Before the preparation comes the cabbage cutting. Please use a well laid cutting board and a sharp knife.

The slicer is an option after cutting in half. A well laid cutting board will not wobble.

You can put a tea towel under it. For cutting, use a large chef’s knife.

Cabbage you can cut or slice, cut the cabbage finely, then it tastes better.

Tip from Chef Thomas Sixt
blue cabbage whole head
Red cabbage whole head
blue cabbage halved
Red cabbage halved
blue cabbage finely cut
Red cabbage finely cut

5. Boil Down Red Cabbage Begins with Marinating

The marinating of the cabbage is done the day before, with a marinating time overnight.

This allows the flavors to develop perfectly.

Knead the cabbage with the spices and additions, of course, without onions, cloves and bay leaf.

Soft kneaded cabbage tastes better later!

The cooking time of the cabbage is at least 2 hours, better a little longer (matter of taste: either cabbage with a slight bite or very creamy cooked).

Pour vegetable broth into the finely chopped or shredded cabbage.

Add coarsely diced fresh apples or applesauce, cranberries, white wine, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper.

Knead the blue cabbage lovingly and strongly. Kneading with salt makes the cabbage soft!

Preparation tip from chef Thomas Sixt
Marinate red cabbage.
Red cabbage with cranberries and applesauce
Knead the marinated red cabbage with your hands
Knead the red cabbage

6. Red Cabbage as a Side Dish with…

Red cabbage goes well as a side dish with the following dishes:

Knuckle of veal, German Sauerbraten – Marinated Pot Roast, Recipes for Roast Pork and Classic Roast Pork with Red Wine Sauce and Plums, Goose Roast Recipe with great Tutorial, Videos and Side Ideas, all Tips of the Professional Kitchen in One Article, Roulade Recipe – Preparing Beef Roulades, Duck Leg Recipe for the Oven, Kitchen Story with Videos, Fried Duck Breast, duck breast oven, roast duck, venison steak, venison pepper, venison ragout – deer ragout, vegetarian Christmas goose and vegetarian goose roast.

7. More Ideas for Side Dishes

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