Jägerkohl – German Hunter Cabbage Stew

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Learn how to cook German hunter cabbage stew, just like they do in Germany. You slowly simmer the ground beef, bacon, kielbasa, and onions with cabbage and potatoes for a hearty, tasty comfort dish.

 

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A bowl of hearty German stew - with text overlay

 

Cabbage recipe is part of the Ruhr district (urban area in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, and also the name of the river that flows through the region) as the collard greens are of the South.

 

Why you’ll love german hunter cabbage stew:

 

It’s…

  • Convenient
  • Healthy-ish
  • Simple to make
  • Substantial
  • Packed with flavor
  • Feeds a crowd
  • A great winter dish

 

Don’t just wait for winter! Start making this delicious dish part of your regular meal rotation.

 

A little background on German hunter stew:

 

I ate many cabbage dishes in the six years of my living there. Hunter stew, as the name suggests, was traditionally served during the hunting season and using various wild game but today is enjoyed year-round. 

 

The recipe has many adaptations, so if you don’t like venison, you can basically use whatever domestic meat you have on hand.

 

This healthy vegetable is popular in the winter season, and this particular Jägerkohl recipe is close to my heart, for I learned how to make it from my late German ex-mother-in-law.

 

I won’t bore you with details, but I want to point out that she was a beautiful human being, selfless and unbiased. We kept in touch even after my divorce and I moving overseas. I aspire to be at least half as a person she was.

 

Back to the Eintopf (stew) recipe…

 

A crusty bread to scoop up all the yummy juices in this cabbage recipe.

 

What is in this hunter cabbage stew?

 

These ingredients make for a delicious, substantial gluten-free meal the whole family loves.

 

Cabbage – A small head of cabbage coarsely chopped or sliced. Remove the outer leaves and discard the core.

Meats – Ground beef, kielbasa (or any smoked sausage), and bacon. You can also use a mix of beef and pork or use ground chicken for a healthier option, with less fat.

Aromatics – Onion, chopped. Onions give such a pleasing aroma to every dish!

Spices – Caraway seeds (optional). They add an earthy flavor, with a mild hint of anise.

Seasonings – salt and pepper, to taste.

Fat – Vegetable or olive oil. Plus, there will be bacon fat too.

Liquid – Beef broth. I go for the low sodium or no added sodium. You can use water instead as well but adjust the seasonings as necessary.

 

Ingredients for the Hunter stew, German-style.

 

How do you make hunter stewed cabbage?

 

*Details and the printable recipe are available at the bottom of this post.

 

  1. Brown the meats – Brown the bacon, kielbasa, and onion and then add ground beef and cook until no longer pink.
  2. Add the vegetables – Add cabbage, potatoes, salt, pepper, and caraway. Stir in the beef broth and cover with a lid.
  3. Cook the stew – Slowly simmer the stew for 30 minutes or until cabbage is cooked through.

 

Step-by-step photos on how to make cabbage stew like the Germans.

 

People also asked:

 

1. WHAT IS KIELBASA?

 

Kielbasa is a Polish-style smoked meat sausage. In the US, it is typically referred to a U-shaped smoked sausage similar to the Wiejska sausage in the UK.

 

2. CAN I MAKE HUNTER STEW IN THE SLOW COOKER?

 

This stew also works great in the slow cooker. Just add the browned meats and all of the other ingredients. Let it cook on low for 3-4 hours or until the vegetables are tender.

 

3. CAN I MAKE GERMAN JÄGERKOHL IN THE INSTANT POT?

 

When short on time, make this favorite German stew in an instant pot.

 

  • Brown the meats (as in recipe steps 1 & 2 below) using Sauté setting on your instant pot.
  • Add the remaining ingredients (as in recipe steps 3 & 4) and cancel the Sauté setting.
  • Close the lid and turn the venting knob to the sealing position.
  • Change the setting to Manual and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Do a quick release or allow the pressure to release naturally.

 

Delicious Stew in a bowl with crusty bread.

 

4. CAN I FREEZE CABBAGE STEW?

 

This stew is an easy freezer meal. To freeze this stew, chill it thoroughly in the refrigerator first, then divide it into single-serving portions and transfer to the freezer for up to three months.

 

5. STORING LEFTOVER STEW

 

Properly stored, this soup will last for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. Keep leftovers in an airtight container.

 

Serving the hearty hunter cabbage stew into bowls.

 

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Cabbage, bacon, ground beef, kielbasa, and potatoes make this delicious German stew - Jägerkohl

 

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Jägerkohl - German Hunter Cabbage Stew

This German recipe is a fabulous way to use the versatile cabbage. Stewed with kielbasa, ground beef, onions, and potatoes it's a pure comfort meal!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: German
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Jas

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 bacon strips sliced into 1/2-inch pieces (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 pound kielbasa sliced
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef or a mix of beef and pork
  • 2- pound head cabbage coarsely chopped
  • 1 pound potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1 1/2 cup beef or vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds optional
  • Salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  • In a Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat.
  • Add 4 strips of sliced bacon, 1/2 pound sliced kielbasa and 1 chopped onion. Sauté until lightly browned, about 4-5 minutes. Add 1 pound of ground beef and cook until the meat is no longer pink.
  • Toss in the chopped 2-pound head cabbage and 1 pound peeled and diced potato. Season the meat mixture with salt and pepper to taste and 1 teaspoon caraway seeds, if using. Stir well to combine scraping up the browned bits in the bottom of the pan.
  • Add 1 1/2 cup stock, cover and let simmer until cabbage is tender, about 30-40 minutes.
  • Serve with crusty bread.

RECIPE NOTES:

  • Kielbasa is a Polish-style smoked sausage but you can use any smoked sausage availabe at your location.
  • Remove the outer leaves and discard the core of the cabbage before chopping or slicing.
  • You can use a mix of beef and pork or use ground chicken for a healthier, less fat option. 
  • Using caraway seeds is optional, but they and cabbage are meant to be together. 
  • Use the low sodium or no added sodium beef or vegetable broth. Replace with water if you wish, but adjust the salt and pepper.
  • Serve with crusty bread to scoop up all the yummy juices. 
  • This stew tastes even better the next day.

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NUTRITIONS:

Nutrition Facts
Jägerkohl - German Hunter Cabbage Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 742 Calories from Fat 468
% Daily Value*
Fat 52g80%
Saturated Fat 18g90%
Cholesterol 135mg45%
Sodium 950mg40%
Potassium 1545mg44%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 9g36%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 222IU4%
Vitamin C 99mg120%
Calcium 169mg17%
Iron 8mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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10 Comment

  1. Reply
    Ron
    February 4, 2020 at 4:26 am

    We love driving through the Ruhr district on our trips down Mosel lane. An absolutely wonderful looking stew. I love the caraway seed addition. We have some moose mince in the freezer I’ll be trying with this.
    Your video was great. I loved the bread dipping scene. Was that bread light rye with caraway seeds in it?

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 6, 2020 at 11:20 am

      Thanks for your kind feedback, Ron! Ruhr area is so picturesque and although I’m biased to Germany, we love the scenery in Austria even more. If you ever have the chance, visit Hallstadt.
      Yes, the bread was with caraway seeds in it and it was delicious! I can imagine moose mince would intensify the flavor of the stew. Yum! Keep me posted. 😀

  2. Reply
    FrugalHausfrau
    January 29, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    My Mom made something like this too, sometimes with sauerkraut but usually with cabbage. Sometimes with pork chops or sausage or both!! You’ve been coming up with some fab recipes lately, like this and let’s not forget that lasagna!!

    Thanks Jaz

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 29, 2020 at 6:19 pm

      Awe, thanks, Mollie! I’m just going down the memory lane. We also make a similar soup with sauerkraut in my homeland (I think I might even have the recipe on the blog, but it’s really old). Cabbage and sauerkraut are the perfect winter staples. Thanks for stopping in! xx

  3. Reply
    Irina
    January 28, 2020 at 11:33 pm

    Really! This cabbage stew resembles something that was made by my mom many years back. You have brought my childhood memories… I am gonna try your recipe. It sounds too delicious…

  4. Reply
    Nicole @ The Granola Diaries
    January 28, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    This sounds so hearty and healthy! yum!!

  5. Reply
    Julie
    January 28, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Great recipe! So much flavor! Thanks for sharing! *****

  6. Reply
    whitney
    January 28, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Now this is a hearty winter meal we needed! I love the combo of sausage and cabbage, so delicious.

  7. Reply
    Beth
    January 28, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    We buy smoked sausage all of the time but never thought to make it in a stew! So delicious!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 28, 2020 at 9:29 pm

      Beth, it gives the stew such a wonderful flavor! You should also try this Polish breakfast soup with kielbasa. So so good! 😀

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