Christmas spiced red cabbage

Christmas spiced red cabbage

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(26 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 8
This classic side can be made up to two days in advance. For maximum flavour, cook the cabbage down really well over a low heat until it's really sticky

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal82
  • fat3g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs10g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre4g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.06g
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  • 1 large red cabbage (about 1kg/2lb 4oz)
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  • 25g butter



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  • 2 red onions, finely chopped
  • finely grated zest and juice 1 orange



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  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 150ml port
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar


  1. Peel off the outer leaves of the cabbage, then cut into quarters and slice out the core. Use a sharp knife or the slicing attachment of a food processor to thinly slice the cabbage.

  2. Heat the butter in a large saucepan, then tip in the onions and gently fry until softened, about 5 mins. Add the orange zest to the pan along with the cinnamon stick, then cook for 1 min more. Add the shredded cabbage, then pour over the port, red wine vinegar, orange juice and 150ml water. Bring up to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer, cover the pan and cook for 45 mins-1 hr until the cabbage is softened.

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FamilyLee's picture
24th Dec, 2018
So delicious!! I added a tbsp of brown sugar as suggested and it was perfect. Making today for Xmas dinner tomorrow.
30th Jan, 2015
So easy to make a few days enforce and reheat on the day, tasted delicious.
roy batty
24th Dec, 2013
just in the process of making this, smells and looks good :)
22nd Dec, 2013
Just made this ready for Christmas lunch. It was a bit bland so I have added a couple of dessert spoons of brown sugar hoping it will liven it up a bit. We shall see!
2nd Oct, 2013
I added dried cranberries and toasted pecans.
24th Feb, 2013
This was ok, I wasn't impressed as I thought it lacked flavour despite putting more port and vinegar in, and deffo needs a tablespoon of sugar. The bf liked it though. An ok recipe
25th Dec, 2012
Made this according to the recipe, and it was horrible - ended up in the bin. It's a shame, as have made red cabbage for Christmas before which was lovely but unfortunately couldn't find the recipe and thought this would be the same. Definitely a big no.
29th Dec, 2011
Made for xmas lunch and got rave reviews. Best cabbage recipe I have used.
25th Dec, 2011
Another great recipe. Made in advance as suggested, and enjoyed the time it freed up on Christmas day. Better than the M&S ready-made equivalent!
21st Dec, 2011
Sorry forgot to star rate it, done now. Happy Christmas everyone.


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