Microwave Red Cabbage with Bacon and Caraway Seeds

Braised cabbage is a common German side dish, but can often be overly rich. This lightened-up version could not be simpler, since everything from the bacon to the cabbage is cooked in the microwave. Caraway seeds lend an earthy note to the dish while apple cider vinegar keeps it from becoming too heavy. Pair the cabbage with an oven-roasted pork tenderloin for a hint of Germany at your dinner table.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Nutrition Info
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4 slices bacon

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 large shallot, thinly sliced (about 1/3 cup)

1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds

2 pounds red cabbage, cored, quartered and thinly sliced

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Line a large heatsafe plate with 4 sheets of paper towels. Lay the bacon slices side-by- side on top of the paper towels, then top with 2 additional sheets of paper towels. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Check the bacon to see if it is cooked through and crispy. If not, cook in 1-minute intervals until the bacon is crispy. Reserve.
  2. Put the butter, shallot and caraway seeds into a large heatsafe glass bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute to melt the butter. Add the cabbage, apple cider vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to the melted butter and stir to combine. Cover with a vented lid or plastic wrap with 6 small holes poked in it. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Carefully uncover and stir the cabbage. Cover again and cook, stirring every 5 minutes, until the largest parts of the cabbage are wilted and tender, 10 to 15 additional minutes.
  3. Use a pair of tongs to transfer the cabbage to a serving platter; discard any extra liquid in the bowl. Roughly chop the bacon and sprinkle over the cabbage. Serve immediately.

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