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Easy Spicy Sauerkraut with Turmeric

This probiotic rich Spicy Sauerkraut recipe with turmeric, red chili flakes, and black peppercorns is bursting with flavor and anti-inflammatory + gut health benefits! Easy, healthy, vegan, gluten-free and DELICIOUS! Learn all about how to make sauerkraut, health benefits, and more in this informative recipe post!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Gut Healing, Sides
Cuisine: Chinese, Vegan
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 cups
Calories: 27kcal
Author: Kristen Wood


  • 1 head of green cabbage
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon sea salt or pink salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns


  • Rinse and thinly slice cabbage.
  • Place in a large non-reactive bowl (stainless steel, plastic, wood, silcone) with salt.
  • Firmly massage with your hands, for about 5 minutes, or until all starts to reduce in size and begins to release liquid.
  • Add spices.
  • Continue to firmly massage, about 5 to 10 minutes longer until all has considerably reduced in size, become soft and quite a bit of liquid has been released (see pictures above in post).
  • Place the cabbage and the liquid (brine), into a sterilized (see ‘Tips’ above in post)jar. Pack and press down firmly with clean hands or a wooden/plastic utensil until the cabbage is securely placed and all is covered with the natural brine.
  • Cover with a lid or cheesecloth.
  • Place in a warm (not too cold) location away from direct sunlight for 2-3 weeks or until desired taste and texure is achieved.
  • If using a lid, open and release any pressure build up once a day and whether using a lid or cheesecloth, check every day to ensure all stays below the brine. You will need to press all down below the brine every few days, as it will naturally rise up during the fermentation process.
  • Begin tasting the sauerkraut around 2 weeks to test for taste and texture. Ferment for up to 4 weeks until desired taste and texture is achieved.
  • When you are happy with your sauerkraut, screw on a lid tightly and place in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.
  • Enjoy!



Please see the 'Tips' section and other headings above in the post for valuable information.
You might also like our October Produce Guide.
Also see: Pickled Cabbage
You might like: Savoy Cabbage Recipes.
You might like: A Guide to Asian Spices.


Serving: 1/2 cup | Calories: 27kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 277mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g