Nana's Sweet and Sour Cabbage

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins

The cabbage cooks with the sugar and vinegar to make a nice mellow flavor. My Nana would serve it with potato dumplings and sour bratten. One of my favorite recipes. To make this recipe lighter just substitute the sugar for 1 1/2 times it's amount in Splenda.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Saute onion in butter until golden brown.
  2. Add the sugar, vinegar, caraway, pepper and salt. Mix.
  3. Add the purple cabbage and toss well with the wet ingredients.
  4. Cook covered (dutch oven works best) over medium heat about 40 minutes or until cabbage is tender.


Most Helpful

"Lip Smacking Good"!! Hot or cold. I've been making Sweet and Sour Cabbage for years and always had to do it by guessing. My German Dad didn't use a recipe for anything. He just cooked. (He was also a chef.) I do skip the caraway seed, but, add a finely chopped up apple and follow the directions for your recipe. We like our red cabbage softer and I cook mine more than 40 minutes. I might have to add a little water now and then till it's as tender as we like it. I've made your recipe often and need to thank you. It goes great with Rinderrouladen and Pork. Thank you. I don't have to guess anymore.

gypsygal November 28, 2015

Absolutely Delicious!!<br/><br/>Hands down, the best german cabbage recipe I've ever tasted!! The german restaurants do not even come close. I love to make this in the fall with pork tenderloin medallions. Also, it tastes wonderful a few days later chilled in the fridge.

Anna J. October 25, 2013

Oh, this is SO good! It's like, candied cabbage. If there's any left after DS and I get through taste-testing, I'd like to see what it's like chilled. Super easy recipe that would make a pretty and tasty side dish. Thanks for sharing, gingersnap, we'll be making this one again. :) Made & enjoyed for Fall 2011 Pick A Chef. You've been adopted!

**Tinkerbell** October 17, 2011

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