Braised Red Cabbage is one of my favorite easy side dishes! Serve this colorful dish alongside stuffed pork tenderloin for a healthy and easy weeknight dinner!
Red cabbage recipes go back as far as the Great Depression and still appear frequently on tables across the country all year round. Who doesn’t have fond memories of our grandmothers cooking red cabbage on the stove while the rest of dinner was being prepared?
Braised Red Cabbage
This easy red cabbage recipe is a snap to put together because it requires so few ingredients and so little real prep. Braised Red Cabbage is a traditional recipe often found served alongside German main dishes.
Some braised cabbage recipes call for coarsely chopped red cabbage or thinly sliced. This cabbage cooks for a long time so I chop it about 1/2″ thick. In this recipe, the apples are peeled and thinly sliced as apple peels can be a bit tough and chewy. Any way you slice it, the final result is a nutritious, filling, and surprisingly low carb side dish.
How to Cook Red Cabbage
Most purple cabbage recipes call for it chopped or sliced and served cold in salads or slaws. Sauteed red cabbage is usually lightly cooked in oil or bacon grease and so that it stays a little bit crunchy.
But this easy braised cabbage recipe is simmered down slowly so the sweetness of the apple and the tartness of the vinegar soak into the cabbage to create a colorfully fragrant dish! The flavor is a light sweet and sour, and the longer cook time makes a big difference in the flavor of the dish.
Apple cider vinegar helps maintain the bright color of the cabbage as well as marinates the apple and cabbage flavors together resulting in a side dish that can be served hot or cold. You can top this braised cabbage with apple with a dollop of sour cream or serve alongside pork chops or meatloaf. Served cold, it can be a tangy and crunchy substitute for lettuce in a sandwich or wrap or served as a side salad with a hot bowl of chicken noodle soup!
Braised red cabbage can even be frozen for future use. Just be sure it is completely chilled and then portion into freezer bags and lie flat on a cookie sheet. Once frozen, stack horizontally or vertically. When you are ready to use, simply thaw, drain and re-adjust the seasonings!
More Amazing Vegetable Side Dishes You’ll Love
- Roasted Butternut Squash
- Creamed Spinach – I can’t get enough of this one!
- Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave – easy!
- Sauteed Brussel Sprouts – a perfect side
- Homemade Creamed Corn – comfort food :)
Easy Braised Red Cabbage
- 6 cups red cabbage chopped
- 1 apple peeled and sliced
- 1/2 onion slivered
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons white sugar
- 1/3 cup water may need more
- 1/8 teaspoon cloves
- salt and pepper to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a low simmer and cover.
- Cook covered for 90 minutes stirring occasionally. Add more water if needed.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve warm.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)