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Spiced Braised Red Cabbage

Spiced Braised Red Cabbage is a wonderfully sweet tangy side dish for your winter gathering. It tastes wonderful alongside a roast turkey but equally well with rib of beef, game or even a nut roast.
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: British
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 163kcal


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 small red cabbage about 700g, shredded thinly
  • 1 red onion halved and sliced thinly
  • 2 dessert apples grated
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 whole star anise
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 100 ml red wine
  • 100 ml balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons soft light brown sugar
  • 75 g pomegranate seeds


  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan then add the shredded red cabbage and coat thoroughly.
  • Add the red onion, apples, ground allspice, star anise and seasoning and mix it all together. Place a lid on and cook on a low heat for about 30 minutes or until the cabbage is soft.
  • Pour in the red wine, balsamic vinegar and sugar and stir together until completely combined. Place the lid back on and continue cooking for a further 15 minutes until the liquid has reduced by a third.
  • Serve scattered with pomegranate seeds.


  • ACCOMPANIMENTS - Spiced Braised Red Cabbage is equally excellent with Rib of Beef, Roast Turkey or even a Nut Roast.
  • VEGAN – Swap the butter for olive oil.
  • BALSAMIC VINEGAR – You can swap for apple cider vinegar to give a much sharper flavour.
  • SUGAR-FREE – Swap the brown sugar for honey or maple syrup. Or just leave it out – the end result will have a mellow tang rather than a more even balance of sweet/sour.
  • MAKE AHEAD - You can make the dish up to 3 days ahead of when you want to serve it. Don't add the pomegranate seeds until just before serving. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • FREEZING - Make a couple of weeks ahead of time and stash in the freezer. Braised Red Cabbage defrosts and re-heats particularly well.


Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 240mg | Potassium: 509mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 1652IU | Vitamin C: 85mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 2mg