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Sweet-Sour Red Cabbage

The first time I bought a red cabbage, I didn’t quite know what to do with it. After some experimenting, I came up with this recipe that’s now my fall comfort food. As a side, it’s compatible with a variety of meat entrees, but I especially like it with a pork roast or chops.—Karen Gorman, Gunnison, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, brown sugar, caraway and celery seeds; set aside. Place cabbage and onion in a saucepan; add a small amount of water. Cover and steam until tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Add vinegar mixture; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 60 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 12mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch.

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  • Donna
    Oct 1, 2020

    My german mother in law would fry 2 - 4 strips of bacon until slightly crispy. Then put them aside and use bacon grease to fry the minced onion. Add cabbage, cider vinegar, brown sugar, and minced bacon. Cook on low heat for 20 minutes, stirring every so often. Serve warm. Leave out the caraway and celery seeds. Once in awhile she would add a bay leaf to be removed before serving. There were never any leftovers.

  • delowenstein
    Dec 8, 2018

    I found that this dish needed more sweetening. I used 3 Tbsp. brown sugar and poppy seed as I did not have celery seed available. The additional sugar gave this dish the traditional sweet-sour flavor! I'd used 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. I also got more than just 2 servings!

  • PenelopeWin
    Oct 13, 2014

    I made this for an Octoberfest party. My guests raved about it. I left out the caraway seeds (I don't like them) and I don't think they were missed. Great heated up for leftovers.

  • jmkasprak
    Dec 2, 2012

    This was an interesting dish.

  • Isolda
    Jan 30, 2010

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  • Joscy
    May 18, 2008

    Can you give me some tips on how to easily shred cabbage?