Braised Cabbage

8 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes

Braised Cabbage is a simple and flavorful, tender dish made with red cabbage, onions, and just a little salt and pepper. Easily made in one pot.

This easy cabbage recipe makes a great Side Dish to serve with your favorite dinners. Just like Coleslaw, it’s the perfect dish to make with just about any meal.

Braised Cabbage in bowl


This cabbage recipe is great to serve with your favorite weeknight dinners or as a savory holiday side dish. Make it your go-to side for simple recipes like Baked Rosemary Chicken on any day of the week. Or make it to go with Corned Beef for a classic St. Patrick’s Day feast.

This recipe is a great way to bring a healthy dish to any meal. Cabbage is low-carb and is rich in Vitamin C and K. Cabbage has also been found to contain cancer-fighting agents so it’s great to work into your diet.

Along with being healthy and versatile, this recipe is also delicious. So, you shouldn’t have a problem getting your family to enjoy this nutritous recipe. After braising the cabbage it has a distinct sweet and tart taste that highlights the flavors of your main dish. It’s a simple recipe that will take your whole dinner up a notch. Plus the vibrant purple and red of the cabbage brings a nice color to any meal.


If there’s any leftover braised cabbage after dinner, I like to store it in the fridge and use it for a simple salad for lunch. Here are some ingredients you can add in for an easy salad recipe.

  • 1 apple cored and sliced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • goat cheese, to taste
  • toasted walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

How to make Braised Cabbage Salad:

  • Toss the cabbage in a pan with oil to reheat it.
  • Add in the garlic and walnuts and sauté until warmed.
  • Put the mixture in a serving bowl and add goat cheese, and apple slices to the top.
  • Whisk together the olive oil and vinegar and pour over the top.



  • To cut your medium red cabbage into ribbons perfect for braising, start by discarding the other leaves.
  • Cut the root from the end of the cabbage.
  • Cut the cabbage in half, going through the stem so you can see the layers in circles.
  • Put the cabbage cut-side down and cut it into quarters.
  • If there are any tough bits or pieces of the root remaining in the cabbage cut them out.
  • Slice the cabbage into small ribbon pieces, to prepare Braised Red Cabbage.

Braised Cabbage ingredients in pot


  • Cooking liquid: There are so many different cooking liquids you can add into the water to put some different flavors in your Braised Cabbage recipe. Try adding vinegar like apple cider vinegar, and balsamic vinegar. You can also mix in some other liquids like chicken broth, beef broth, vegetable broth, or soy sauce. Another option is using sesame oil or extra virgin olive oil in place of the vegetable oil in the recipe.
  • Cabbage Varieties: There are lots of different cabbage varieties you can use to make Braised Cabbage. Try using white cabbage or green cabbage instead of purple cabbage. You could also do a combination of green cabbage and red cabbage.
  • More vegetables: You can chop up plenty of other vegetables and add them in while they’re braising. Mix in some carrots, kale, cauliflower, or red onion.
  • Other Add-ins: Apart from carrots and other veggies, there are plenty of other ingredients you can add in for extra flavor in the cabbage dish. Try mixing in crushed red pepper flakes, bacon bits, minced garlic, coarse salt, or even some brown sugar.
  • Sauteed Cabbage: Instead of braising the cabbage you can try making a Cabbage Stir-fry. Melt some butter in the base of a skillet or dutch oven. Add in the cabbage, carrots, broccoli, and any stir-fry add-ins you want. Cook it up in one-skillet until browned and enjoy. You can also mix in soy sauce and ginger to make some Chinese cabbage.



  • Serve: To make sure your Cabbage recipe stays nice and fresh and doesn’t become wilted, don’t leave it out at room temperature for much longer than 2 hours.
  • Store: You can also keep Sauteed Cabbage in the fridge for up to 5 days. Let the cabbage cool down then put it in a ziplock bag or other airtight container.
  • Freeze: Unfortunately, cooked cabbage won’t freeze well. After 5 days it’s best to throw it out and make a new batch.

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Braised Cabbage

Braised Cabbage is a simple and flavorful, tender dish made with red cabbage, onions, and just a little salt and pepper. Easily made in one pot.
Yield 8 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 head red cabbage , thinly sliced (about 6 cups)
  • 1/2 yellow onion , sliced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper


  • Add the olive oil, water, red cabbage, onion, salt, and pepper to a large pot on medium-high heat.
  • Stir well, bring liquid in the pot to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and cover.
  • Cook for 90 minutes, stirring occasionally until cabbage is soft and tender.


Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 265mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1170IU | Vitamin C: 60mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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    1. Cooked red cabbage was a staple in our home. The cloves and apple make it. It, like sauerkraut, stores very well after it is prepared. We always sealed it in an airtight container, while hot, and allowed it to cool. Canning, in other words. The Red wine and apple cider vinegar work well as a preservative. Along with sauerbraten und kartofel, one can take the least costly cuts of meat, potatoes, and red cabbage, and feed a fair sized family for quite some time. The same is true for sauerkraut, which can be prepared the same way and also stored for some time. That makes future prep time even more convenient. Using red cabbage as a salad garnishment, or and additional ingredient for coleslaw, is almost sacrilegious. Equally disturbing, is only serving red cabbage on special occasions. It should reside high on the list of perfect and quite healthy, regular side dishes.