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The Benefits of Cabbages

By Tom Midford

Sweet and Sour German Red Cabbage

PREP TIME: 10 mins

COOK TIME: 40 mins

TOTAL TIME: 50 mins

SERVINGS: 3 to 4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1/2 large red cabbage, sliced 1/4-inch think

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Sauté the cabbage: Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the thinly sliced red cabbage and toss to coat with the butter. Sauté until slightly wilted, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add the sugar and vinegar, simmer: Sprinkle sugar over the cabbage and toss to coat evenly. Add the balsamic vinegar to the pot. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium low. Cover and simmer until the cabbage is completely tender but not mushy. Stir often, about 30 to 45 minutes total.


  4. The cooking time will depend on the age and tenderness of the cabbage you are using.

  5. Season: Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Benefits of Cabbage

Both red and green cabbages are quite healthy, but red cabbage has a greater nutrient profile. One cup of red cabbage that is raw can contain 85% of the recommended intake of Vitamin C and high amounts of A and K. It is a good source of vitamin B, manganese and potassium. It has a high concentration of antioxidants and anthocyanins, which can reduce heart disease risk, reduce the danger of coronary artery disease, and possibly fight cancer.


  1. Kubala, M. J. S. (2017, November 29). The 10 Healthiest Winter Vegetables. Healthline.

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