Slow cooker red cabbage served in a bowl

Slow cooker red cabbage

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 4 hrs - 5 hrs


Serves 8

Dig out your slow cooker for this delicious red cabbage. Braised cabbage makes the perfect side dish for a festive lunch or roast dinner

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal137
  • fat3g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs22g
  • sugars21g
  • fibre4g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.12g
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  • 1kg red cabbage
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  • 2 white onions, chopped
  • 4 Granny Smiths apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • zest 1 orange or 2 clementines



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  • 2 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 100g light brown soft sugar
  • 3 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 200ml dry cider
  • 25g butter



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  1. Heat your slow cooker to Low. Peel the outer leaves from the cabbage and discard. Quarter the cabbage, removing the tough stem, then thinly slice. Arrange a layer of the cabbage on the bottom of your slow cooker, then top with some of the onions, apples, zest, mixed spice, sugar and some seasoning. Continue to create layers until you have used up these ingredients. Season. 

  2. Pour over the vinegar and cider and dot the butter on top. Cover with a lid and cook for 4-5 hrs until tender. Will keep in the fridge, covered, for up to three days or in the freezer for up to two months. Reheat in a pan or in the microwave. 

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24th Dec, 2019
I made this last Christmas where it went down very well - even with the fussy individuals around the table! - and am repeating again this year. One question though: why is there a star anise and what looks a bay leaf and cranberries in the picture for this recipe, when these do not feature whatsoever??!! Wrong photo methinks...
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Jean Muray
23rd Dec, 2019
I saw someone making this on BBC today but I caught it after she had added the cabbage already. I was fascinated that a dish could be made with red cabbage like this. Sadly I did not record it and could not find a replicate of the recipe I saw on the TV. All I had was my memory of the ingredient . This recipe was the closet I could get. I have it cooking in my slow cooker now it smells amazing! And I am sure, it will taste fabulous with my Cornish Hen! Cheers!
14th Dec, 2019
Could you replace the cider vinegar with balsamic vinegar?
24th Dec, 2019
I’m fairly confident that would work but you might want to reduce the amount slightly.
Naomi Sheppard
2nd Jan, 2019
I made a big roast yesterday (chicken, gammon and all the trimmings) and this was a delicious accompaniment
11th Dec, 2019
What non alcoholic alternative could I use to dry cider please?
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13th Dec, 2019
Hello, You could use apple juice but make sure it isn't too sweet, a cloudy, tart juice would work best. If you are worried that the final dish is too sweet then add a little more cider vinegar at the end to balance the flavours. I hope this helps.
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