Quick Sauerkraut

Photo: Andrea Gómez Romero

Top Chef Michael Voltaggio, of Ink.Sack restaurant in Los Angeles, is known to experiment with modern techniques in his kitchen. However, he shared this quick and easy recipe with us—a shortcut version of actual sauerkraut, which takes several days or more to ferment. He puts it on his beef tongue Reuben, along with Swiss or gruyère and a drizzle of housemade Russian dressing.

Yield: Makes 3 cups
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Recipe Time

Total: 25 Minutes


  • 1 head cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/4 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon crushed toasted caraway seeds
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with a large piece of plastic wrap and seal edges. Microwave on high, 4 to 5 minutes. Let sit, still covered, until cabbage has absorbed its brine and bowl is cool to the touch, about 15 minutes.
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