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Spiced braised red cabbage with apple recipe

Spiced braised red cabbage with apple recipe

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Cook ahead to intensify flavours with this braised red cabbage recipe, a great festive side that is easily prepared and pairs well with your favourite roast meats. See method

  • Serves 6
  • 10 mins to prepare and 1 hr 15 mins to cook
  • 205 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free


  • 70g unsalted butter
  • 860g (1 small) red cabbage, quartered, cored and finely shredded
  • 2 cooking apples (400g), peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 3 tbsp soft light brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 200ml apple juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick​

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    10g 15%
  • Saturates

    6g 31%
  • Sugars

    22g 24%
  • Salt

    0.1g 2%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 22.7g Protein 1.9g Fibre 5.8g


  1. Melt the butter in a large, lidded pan. Add all the ingredients, season and stir. Cover and cook over a very low heat for 1 hr 15 mins, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is really tender.

  2. Add a little water to the pan if it begins to look a bit dry (we added 50ml). Remove the cinnamon stick and check the seasoning. If making ahead, leave to cool, then store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, or freeze for 3 months. Reheat until piping hot throughout.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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