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Red cabbage in white serving bowl with spoon.

Braised Red Cabbage

Sweet and sour braised red cabbage, with vinegar and grape jelly.  A great side dish at the holidays, especially Easter, or even Oktoberfest.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine German
Keyword braised cabbage, german style cabbage, red cabbage
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 164kcal


  • 1 head red cabbage, cored and shredded
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons flour, approx.
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 4-5 teaspoons sugar
  • A little cinnamon, a pinch maybe??
  • ½ (12-ounce) small jar grape jelly


  • Put shredded cabbage into large pot and add 1 cup water. Cover with lid, and "steam" until tender but not mushy, stirring occasionally.
  • Add 1 T oil and sprinkle with flour, about 2 T. Mix to combine well, and cook a minute or two. Season with salt and pepper. Add the cinnamon, vinegar and sugar. Stir to combine, then add ½ jar grape jelly. Stir well until jelly has melted and sauce is thick. Taste and adjust seasonings.


Red cabbage is easy to make and this version is…traditional? German? Bohemian? Danish?  I don’t really know, it’s just good.  It’s sweet and tangy, with vinegar and sugar, and a little cinnamon and grape jelly.  Yep, grape jelly.  Is this common?  Anyone else make it this way?  Just curious.


Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 365mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 1561IU | Vitamin C: 82mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg