Spiced braised red cabbage

Spiced braised red cabbage

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 30 mins - 3 hrs


Serves 8
Spice up your Christmas day trimmings with this red cabbage and Bramley apple side, with cinnamon, cardamom and star anise

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal120
  • fat3g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs19g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre4g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.1g


  • 1 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…

  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 1 small red cabbage (about 900g)
    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…

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 large onions, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 Bramley apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped
    Bramley apples

    Bramley apple

    bram-lee app-el

    A large, flattish cooking apple, green in appearance but sometimes with specks of red. The flesh…

  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 25g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…


  1. Heat oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2. Put the star anise, cinnamon stick and cardamom pods in the centre of a small square of muslin, and tie the ends together to make a bag. Put the spice bag in a medium flameproof casserole dish.

  2. Remove any wilted or tough outer leaves from the cabbage. Cut it into quarters, then remove and discard the core. Shred the cabbage finely and layer up in the dish with the garlic, onions, apple and brown sugar.

  3. Spoon over the vinegar and dot the top with the butter. Cover with a lid and cook for 21/2-3 hrs, stirring twice during cooking – the cabbage should be tender but not mushy. Remove the spice bag and serve.

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10th Nov, 2019
This is my go to recipe for red cabbage. So easy and delicious. I sometimes even skip the apple if I haven’t got any. I’ve also used dessert apples. Don’t always put garlic in either but always turns out well. I use my food processor to slice the cabbage and onion too to make the prep even quicker
16th Dec, 2017
I didn't like this. Found it really bland & too much onion. Made ahead for Xmas but had to bin it as not special enough.
Esme Puente
2nd Jan, 2015
Really tasty and simple to prepare.
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