Red Braised Cabbage

A delicious and hearty side dish of braised cabbage, cooked with apple, brown sugar, and red wine.

Red Braised Cabbage

  • Servings: 4 servings

This recipe is a family favorite, passed down from my grandmother. The combination of tart apple, sweet brown sugar, and hearty red cabbage creates a side dish that’s both flavorful and satisfying.


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced with the grain
  • 1/2 large or 1 small red cabbage, quartered, thinly sliced (core removed)
  • 1 tart apple, peeled and grated
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, plus a splash
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper


  • In a medium pot or Dutch oven, cook the onions in the butter over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the cabbage and cook, stirring, for a few minutes.
  • Add the apple, brown sugar, wine, vinegar, and water, and bring up to a simmer, stirring.
  • Cover and braise for 30 minutes, stirring once and checking on the texture. Cook a little less for a firmer cabbage; a little more for softer cabbage.
  • Add a small splash of cider vinegar just before serving.