Recipe: Mango Chili Lime Kraut

In the summer, tables pop up on corners across New York City serving fresh cut mangos dressed with salt, chili powder and lime. This combination of sweet, sour, salt and heat is one of our favorites and one we were super excited to work into a kraut recipe. 

Adding Mango to Kraut
Adding Chili to Kraut
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Packed Kraut


  • 1 head green cabbage

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt

  • 2 mangos, cut into matchsticks

  • 1 tablespoon cayenne powder

  • 2 lime peels


  1. Remove and discard any outer damaged or wilted leaves from the cabbage. Reserve one large leaf. Quarter the cabbage and remove the core. Cut remaining cabbage into thin ribbons. 

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine your shredded cabbage and salt. Massage the salt into your cabbage for 8-10 minutes, cabbage will soften and release liquid.  Add in mango, lime peels and cayenne powder. Toss to combine. 

  3. Pack the cabbage into your fermentation jar tightly using your hands and pressing down with your fist. Add all liquid released from the cabbage. 

  4. Trim the reserved cabbage leaf into a circle (you can use the base of jar or the lid as a guide). Place on top of the packed cabbage and then add the fermentation weight. You want the packed cabbage to be completely submerged when weighted (Questions about fermentation weights? Check out our Fermentation Weight Guide).  If liquid levels are low you can top with a brine by dissolving 1 teaspoon salt to 1 cup water. 

  5. Top with lid and airlock (Need help? Check out our How to Assemble Airlock Video). Let ferment for 1 week at room temperature out of direct sunlight. Transfer finished kraut to jars and move to the refrigerator. Discard lime peels before serving. Kraut will keep refrigerated for at least 2 months.

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