Braised Red Cabbage

I bought a red cabbage to use in a coleslaw but I knew that it would be too much. I had a think about what I could make and braised red cabbage immediately came to mind.

It’s really simple but very tasty. I had it with roasted lamb leg steaks and it was really good.

I found this recipe online at Genius Kitchen (very quickly whilst in the supermarket) so I only had to buy a couple of things to allow me to make the recipe. This recipe is for 4 people which was far more than I needed so I halved the measurements. The recipe doesn’t specify what type of apple to use but I went for Granny Smith as I thought the tartness would work well.

I started by preparing the ingredients – red cabbage, red onion, apple and garlic all chopped. Stock, vinegar and sugar measured out.

I heated up some oil in a heavy pan then put the onions in to soften.

braised cabbage - sliced onions
sliced onions

After about 5 minutes, I added the cabbage, apple and garlic.

braised cabbage - sliced cabbage and apples
sliced cabbage and apples

After another 5 or so minutes or until the cabbage had started to soften, I added the stock, vinegar and sugar along with a bay leaf. I gave it a good stir, turned the heat down and put the lid on.

braised cabbage - softened cabbage, onion and apple with bay leaf
softened cabbage, onion and apple with bay leaf

Over the next 45 minutes I checked on the pot a few times to stir and check the level of the liquid.

braised cabbage - softened cabbage, onion and apple after 45 mins
softened cabbage, onion and apple after 45 mins

Once almost all the liquid had cooked off the cabbage is cooked. It’s really that simple. I tasted it and seasoned with a little salt and pepper and added a squeeze of fresh orange juice and it’s done.

braised cabbage - finished braised cabbage
finished braised cabbage

The sharpness of the cabbage gave great balance to the fattiness of the lamb I had.

You can tweak it to your taste obviously. Changing the amount of sugar or vinegar will influence the finished product. You could also add some spices such as cinnamon or star anise for a festive twist!

This recipe will be one I’ll come back to time and again.



  1. Cassie S
    January 29, 2018

    Not only does this sound good, it looks so pretty! lol I have always loved cabbage, even since I was a child. I’ll definitely be trying this out. I love that you can change the taste based on spices too. Thanks!! xx

    • January 29, 2018

      It’s really versatile. It’d be so easy to add a little of this or that depending on your taste.

  2. January 29, 2018

    I really like how the cabbage takes all it colors slowly to affects all parts of the dish, it looks delicious and I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it, does sound like a good advertiser next to a meat dish

    • January 29, 2018

      The colours are fantastic, aren’t they! So vibrant and inviting.

  3. January 29, 2018

    At first, I thought it was beets. How does red cabbage taste differs from the regular green one?

    • January 29, 2018

      I find it suits sweeter flavours. Green cabbage, in my experience, is less flavourful and a bit more peppery. I usually use red cabbage for my coleslaw too.

  4. January 29, 2018

    I do love braised red cabbage, especially when it is cooked with wine and cooked with soy meats (as I am a vegetarian). I find that it goes very well with Quorn chicken and it is delicious! It lends a sweetness to any roast dinner which I like.

    • January 29, 2018

      Well it’s a veggie side so the mains you can have it with are many and varied!

  5. January 29, 2018

    Ooh I LOVE red cabbage! You can’t beat red cabbage with Lancashire hot pot, its my absolute favourite! Infact I could just eat a whole bowl of it!

  6. January 29, 2018

    I think your idea of adding cinnamon or star anise could be a good choice of adding more flavor to the recipe. Definitely going to try it.

  7. January 29, 2018

    Wow, this recipe looks pretty simple to make, as well as tasty. I do love cabbage but had never made a sweet dish out of it. Will have to try. Thanks for sharing!

  8. January 29, 2018

    This is going to be my try this weekend! Looks yummy & thanks for sharing the recipe

  9. January 29, 2018

    I absolutely love red cabbage! My mum’s German and she often makes a very similar recipe – I can’t get enough of the stuff!

  10. January 30, 2018

    I love red cabbage and use it all the time in coleslaw but have never tried braising it like this . It sounds so tasty and it’s something I need to try!

  11. January 30, 2018

    My fiance loves Red Cabbage but me, not so much. It looks so simple to make so I may make it as a treat for him at some point.

    Ami xxx

    • January 30, 2018

      I’m sure your fiancé will love that! The great thing is you can make a good sized batch and freeze it so he can have it again and again!

  12. January 30, 2018

    I absolutely loved braised red cabbage – if it’s ever on offer as a side order in a restaurant, I always take it! I usually have it with pork though, as not a massive fan of lamb x

    • January 30, 2018

      I know quite a few people who’re not fond of lamb, my wife included.

  13. January 31, 2018

    I love red cabbage! And my daughter loves it too so this is a new addition to our recipes, thanks!

  14. January 31, 2018

    Oh I love red cabbage, it goes so well with a vinegary flavour, I love the idea of mixing in the apple as well. I’ll have to try this.

    • January 31, 2018

      It works out really nicely balanced. I hope you like it too. Let me know 🙂

  15. January 31, 2018

    Looks really yummy!! I want to try this one.

  16. I had only ever had red cabbage in coleslaw until lunch at the Waldorf Astoria in Dubai where they had a beautifully spiced and seasoned braised red cabbage. It looked almost exactly like yours.

  17. February 1, 2018

    Oh this food looks delicious! I love eating cabbages and lettuce, both brings good luck!

    • February 1, 2018

      Wow, I didn’t know that about cabbage and lettuce. Which culture does that belief belong to?

  18. February 1, 2018

    This food looks delicious! I love eating cabbage and lettuce, both brings good luck!

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