caraway spiced red cabbage in a white bowl with German postcards underneath

Caraway-Spiced Red Cabbage

Braised red cabbage is a very popular vegetable side in Germany, and almost every family has a variation of their own. I definitely prefer mine with a hefty dose of caraway for an authentic Central European touch. It is a perfect side to roast pork or game.

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caraway spiced red cabbage in a white bowl with German postcards underneath
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Caraway-Spiced Red Cabbage

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: German
Servings: 7
Calories: 156kcal
Author: Olga Miller


  • 3 slices thick-cut bacon , diced
  • 2 cups sliced onions , from about 1 large onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic , from about 3 cloves
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds , plus more for garnish
  • 1 medium red cabbage , shredded, about 1 pound
  • ½ cup water , divided
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple , cored and diced
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Kosher or fine sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • Fresh parsley , for garnish


  • In a large sauté pan, dry fry the bacon over medium heat until golden brown, about 5-10 minutes.
  • Sir in the onions and cook until soft, about 5-8 minutes. Stir in the garlic and caraway seeds and cook until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Sir in the cabbage and ¼ cup of water; cover and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in the apple, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, and another ¼ cup of water; season to taste with salt and pepper, cover, and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until the cabbage is tender. Stir in the maple syrup.
  • Adjust the seasonings, if needed, and serve sprinkled with caraway seeds and chopped fresh parsley.


Nutrition Facts
Caraway-Spiced Red Cabbage
Amount Per Serving
Calories 156 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 139mg6%
Potassium 458mg13%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 1363IU27%
Vitamin C 78mg95%
Calcium 84mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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