Red cabbage with apples

Red cabbage with apples

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(18 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 8

A healthy side dish of braised cabbage with rich spices - a perfect Sunday roast or Christmas dinner 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
    Red cabbage on a plate

    Red cabbage

    red cab-idge

    A favourite winter vegetable served hot with roasted game birds but equally good as a colourful…

  • 2 bay leaves
  • 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 apples, 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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24th May, 2020
Very easy to do, cabbage doesn't require too long in cooking time and flavours were amazing. Perfect with pork and mashed potatoes.
Middlesex girl
14th Apr, 2020
Found this easy to make and quicker to cook than other red cabbage recipes. Very tasty, will make again.
20th Jan, 2018
Vey easy and tasty (even though I used water and not stock). Didn’t have any star anise so used cloves but it worked very well. Probably cooked it longer than stated but not a problem. The flavours grew overnight and it was even better the next day.
17th May, 2016
Gorgeous and tasty.
24th Feb, 2015
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!
20th May, 2014
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.
9th Feb, 2014
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.
11th Nov, 2013
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!
3rd Dec, 2019
Can this be cooked in advance and frozen?
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9th Dec, 2019
Hello, We haven't added freezing instructions for this as the texture of cabbage often goes a bit mushy after being defrosted, and we haven't tested freezing this particular recipe. If you under cooked it a little so the cabbage still has a little bite and let it defrost fully before reheating it carefully then you could freeze it. You may need to recook for a few minutes if the cabbage needs it. If you do try this please let us know how you get on.
6th Jan, 2019
Easy and delicious
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