Braised Red Cabbage Recipe With Apple

braised red cabbage

What is braised red cabbage?

I used to go so far out of my way for braised red cabbage on a carvery roast dinner before I realised how easy it was to make. I’d also stock up on premade dishes of braised red cabbage when the supermarkets had them in stock, but now I make it myself on a regular basis and its without a doubt my favourite part of a roast dinner. Braised red cabbage has a distinctive fruity, zesty taste thanks to the addition of fresh apples and apple cider vinegar. This recipe will make a large dish full serving many as a side when used with a small red cabbage. Red cabbage is very low in calories making a portion of this side just 40kcal each. This recipe is so quick and easy to make so there’s really no excuse not to wow your guests this Christmas.

Do you have a diet restriction?

This recipe is great for people with the following dietary restrictions:

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Low GI
  • Low FODMAP (in smaller amounts)
  • Paleo Friendly
  • Syn Free

Step 1: Prepare the ingredients

Firstly, of course we need our red cabbage. I chose a particularly small one approximately 600g-700g. Half or quarter your cabbage, removing the tough white centre and slice the cabbage into thin strips. along with this, finely dice one onion and 2 peeled apples. I like to use granny smith apples because they’re so sweet. Place the cabbage, onion and apple into a large saucepan. To the saucepan, add 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, 1 tsp of all spice, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1-2 cups of water.

braised red cabbage

Step 2: Stew the cabbage

Cover your saucepan and heat on high for approximately 20 minutes or until all the cabbage has softened.

What to serve with braised red cabbage?

This dish is traditionally served alongside a roasted meat, potatoes and other veg. Do you have lots of braised cabbage left over? Why not try my traditional bubble and squeak recipe? Great for using up all of the leftovers in your fridge.

Bubble And Squeak Recipe
Bubble and squeak is a popular dish in the UK especially around Christmas time. Bubble and squeak is a dish made from roast dinner left overs and created into a whole new meal. It would probably compare to a very elegant American potato hash recipe. The great thing about bubble and squeak is there are no hard rules, if its a leftover, chuck it in, there's no real recipe or ingredients list however i will list the ingredients and calorie numbers for the version I made.
Check out this recipe
bubble and squeak recipe

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braised red cabbage

Braised Red Cabbage Recipe With Apple

Braised red cabbage has a distinctive fruity, zest taste thanks to the addition of fresh apples and apple cider vinegar. This recipe will make a large dish full serving many as a side when used with a small red cabbage.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, British
Servings 6 sides
Calories 40 kcal


  • 1 red cabbage approx 600g
  • 2 apples peeled
  • 1 onion
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups water


  • Slice cabbage and remove white center stalk.
  • peel and dice 2 apples and 1 onion. Place all ingredients into a large saucepan and cover.
  • Heat for about 20 minutes until the cabbage is soft and the flavours have infused.
  • Serve with a roast dinner or portion and freeze.


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1 Comment

  1. AzeemUdiin says:

    5 stars
    I’ve seen fried cabbage cooked in different ways. Some swear by a “secret ingredient” or a family recipe, but I’ve found that this best simple method

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