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Braised Red Cabbage served in a white bowl.

Braised Red Cabbage

This braised red cabbage is easy to make and made out of pantry friendly ingredients. This recipe is festive and makes a great side dish too.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Austrian, German, Gluten-free, Oil-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword Christmas, Healthy
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 6 servings


  • 900 g (2 lb) red cabbage thinley sliced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 apple shredded
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 bay leaves


  • In a large pot over medium-high heat add the diced onion, along with the apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, salt, pepper, ground nutmeg, ground cloves and a splash of water. Cook until onion softens and the edges begin to brown, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • In the same pot, add the red cabbage and stir to coat in the mixture. Add in the bay leaves and apple.
  • Simmer everything, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is soft and tender, for about 45 minutes on low-medium heat. If the cabbage begins to look dry, make sure to add more water.
  • After the cabbage has finished cooking, remove the bay leaves. Serve warm and enjoy!


  • Maple syrup can be substituted with agave syrup, white or brown sugar.