Oktoberfest Red Cabbage

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 50 min.


6 servings

Updated: Oct. 20, 2022
Four generations of our family have made this dish of red cabbage and apples, known as rotkohl ("red cabbage"). We love the tart and sweet flavors. —Diana Likes, Chandler, Arizona
Oktoberfest Red Cabbage Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 tablespoons bacon drippings or canola oil
  • 1 small head red cabbage (about 1-1/2 pounds), shredded
  • 2 medium tart apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar


  1. In a Dutch oven, heat bacon drippings over medium heat. Add cabbage and apples; cook and stir 2-3 minutes. Stir in water, sugar, salt, pepper and cloves.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 40-45 minutes or until cabbage is tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in vinegar.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 146 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 331mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 3g fiber), 1g protein.