Instant Pot® German Red Cabbage


I love German food, especially this classic side dish known as rotkohl. My method is decidedly Americanized, but the taste brings me back to my heritage.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • ¼ cup onion, minced

  • ½ cup grated peeled apple

  • 2 pounds red cabbage, thinly sliced

  • teaspoon ground cloves

  • teaspoon ground allspice


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function. Melt butter. Add apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, and salt. Stir to combine. Mix in onion, grated apple, and red cabbage until well combined. Close and lock the lid. Select Steam function. Set timer for 3 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  2. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Mix in ground cloves and allspice.

    close up view of German Red Cabbage on a plate with a wooden spoon

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

188 Calories
6g Fat
33g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 188
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 398mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 131mg 655%
Calcium 120mg 9%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 611mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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