Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage with Apples

BY : PUBLISHED : October 9th, 2012 UPDATED: November 12th, 2021

From the author, Stefan Bloom: With cooler weather coming on, a pot of braised red cabbage and apples is a delicious addition to any fall table.

From Plant-Based on a Budget: You might be surprised to see cabbage and apples together in one side dish but the truth is they go so well together. They complement each other’s sweetness and pair beautifully with a plant-based roast or any other meat substitute. Have you ever tried it?

German Tradition

As new as this preparation might seem to some, it has been a big part of German food tradition for centuries. Rotkhol as they call it in German is a very popular side dish in Germanic lands and for a good reason. The braised red cabbage and the caramelized apples make for a delicious sweet companion to many main dishes such as savory pies.

We like to eat it alongside some plant-based turkey, steamed green peas, and some delicious vegan gravy! It is a great dish to have on your Thanksgiving or Christmas table. It will give that (usually) very varied holiday feast serving a perfect touch of sweetness. You can buy a similar version in a jar at your grocery store but it will hardly beat this homemade version. It is that good!

Large white serving bowl filled with sweet and sour red cabbage.

Red Cabbage Galore

The first thing we might associate with red cabbage is coleslaw, and we get it. It’s a side dish we’ll always love but maybe it’s time to get creative and try some new red cabbage creations!

One of those is this amazing Sweet and Sour Cabbage with Red Apples! It has a holiday feel but it can be prepared any time during the colder months. Another way to use more cabbage in your kitchen is to make a delicious Asian inspired salad or to try and make your own red sauerkraut.

Recommended Equipment:

  • Large Pot
  • My favorite knives
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Grater or food processor
  • Serving Platter

Photos by Alfonso Revilla

finished sweet and sour red cabbage in a white bowl against a white background

Large white serving bowl filled with sweet and sour red cabbage.

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage with Apples

This German inspired Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage with Apples is the the perfect side dish for a plant-based roast or vegan pot pie!
4.67 from 9 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine German
Servings 6 servings
Calories 193 kcal
DIET Vegan


  • 1 head of red cabbage, quartered, cored, and finely shredded with a knife
  • 3 medium apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 3/4 cup of boiling water
  • 3 Tablespoons of neutral (canola, vegetable, etc.) oil
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of caraway seeds (optional)


  • Put the cabbage and apples in a large covered pot over medium heat. Add boiling water, cover, and cook for 10 minutes, until cabbage is slightly softened.
  • Combine remaining ingredients and add to cabbage. Cook uncovered for 20 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.


Calories: 193kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 817mgPotassium: 466mgFiber: 5gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 1613IUVitamin C: 84mgCalcium: 81mgIron: 1mg
Keyword apples, braised cabbage, cabbage, german, german side, gluten free, glutenfree, vegan side
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