Red cabbage with apples & star anise

Red cabbage with apples & star anise

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 8
A healthy side dish of braised cabbage with rich spices - a perfect roast accompaniment

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal67
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs14g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre2g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.1g
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  • 1 red cabbage, finely shredded
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 5 star anise
    Star anise

    Star anise

    star an-eese

    Star anise is one of the central spices in Chinese cooking. It has a strong anise flavour, with…

  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 200ml vegetable stock or water
  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 75ml cider vinegar
  • 2 apple, cored and cut into wedges



    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…


  1. Place all the ingredients except for the apples in a large saucepan and season. Place over a medium heat, bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 30 mins. Add the apples, then continue cooking for 15 mins until tender.

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Comments (5)

donnerkebab's picture

Gorgeous and tasty.

jjpurplecat's picture

I used white wine vinegar as that was all I had and left out the apples. It was ddelicious and my guests were very impressed. They wanted to know how I had managed to keep the colour of the cabbage so vibrant!

laxtitute's picture

I wasn't that impressed by this dish. The flavour was a bit too sweet but with bouts of sour from the cider for my taste. Also, I felt the apple chunks were much too big to really let the flavour melt in with the cabbage. It was alright, but other red cabbage recipes I've tried have been far superior eg Good food's cabbage with prunes, or Delia's sweet and sour braised cabbage.

comfortfood's picture

Missed out the bay leaves and cider vinegar and only used 3 star anise but it still tasted great and my family really enjoyed it. I only spent about 30 mins cooking it down but it really does need the full 40/45 mins in order to absorb all of the liquid. Well worth making and will definitely do again.

tarradiddle1's picture

I cant ever stick to a recipe so fried some onion and mushrooms first with the spices and added a bit of garlic, used sherry vinegar instead of cider vinegar, a piece of cinnamon instead of ground, and added a dollop of English mustard. delicious!

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