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Braised red cabbage is sweet, sour, tender and buttery. It's an easy healthy side dish to serve alongside side roasted chicken or fish. I first tasted braised red cabbage at Houston's restaurant and have been making it at home ever since.

The combination of cabbage, onions and apples along with the sour vinegar and sweet honey, will have you and your family wanting to add this recipe into your weekly menu.

Braised red cabbage is also great for St. Patricks Day or to add to your weekend meal prep.


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1 tablespoon pastured butter
1 small onion, thinly sliced
2 green apples, chopped
2 cloves of garlic
1 small head of red cabbage (about 2 pounds)
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
¼ cup goat cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in a cast iron skillet, large sauté pan, or dutch oven over medium high heat.

Add onions along with a pinch of salt and saute for 6-8 minutes, or until the onions are translucent.

Add apples and garlic to the pan.  Season with a little more salt and pepper, stir and cook for 2 minutes.

Next, add in the red cabbage, balsamic vinegar, honey and a splash of water. Season again with salt and pepper, and gently stir everything together.

Allow the cabbage to slowly simmer on the stove top for 30 minutes, stirring every so often.  If the pan seems dry, add more water as needed (the water will evaporate as the cabbage cooks).

Once the cabbage is tender and buttery, transfer to a serving dish and top with dollops of goat cheese and fresh chopped parsley.  Enjoy!
If you want to keep this recipe vegan, replace the butter for coconut oil, sprinkle in some sugar in place of the honey, and skip the goat cheese.  

NUTRIENTS PER SERVING (1/4th of recipe): Calories 206 | Total Fat 7.3g | Saturated Fat 4.8g | Cholesterol 19mg | Sodium 110mg | Carbohydrate 33.5g | Dietary Fiber 5.g | Sugars 24.6g | Protein 9.9g

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31 Comments on BRAISED RED CABBAGE | easy healthy side dish

  1. Clean & Delicious // 15th March 2019 at 3:50 pm // Reply

    Happy Friday C&DFAM! I am super excited to share this simple red cabbage recipe with you. Don’t overlook the simplicity of this one, I promise you, it is SO full of flavor (and rather addicting!). This would be a great dish to add to your weekend meal prep and is also perfect for St. Paddy’s Day! Let me know what you think in the comments below. Enjoy!!

  2. Valarie Wetherbee // 15th March 2019 at 3:50 pm // Reply

    im so going to make this!!!!!

  3. Kenny Rogers // 15th March 2019 at 3:52 pm // Reply

    Hey! I’m back again. Mmmmmmmm…. braised red cabbage taste so good. That taste so crunchy and sweet cabbage. Great recipe. See u next time.

  4. Thank you so much for sharing, you are awesome!!!!!!

  5. Oh this looks amazing. My mouth was actually watering as I watched you make this awesome recipe. Maybe it was green apple that did it. Thanks so much for this recipe!

  6. That looks so delicious! Definitely going to give it a try! Thanks Dani ❤

  7. Teresa Daigle // 15th March 2019 at 4:03 pm // Reply

    Certainly will try this soon. Your so cute!

  8. You should make a cookbook! I would literally buy it in a heartbeat.

  9. Missey Gallawan // 15th March 2019 at 4:38 pm // Reply

    Excellent!! Definitely will be making this. Thank you so much for sharing

  10. I like the vegan version! Could the cook time be reduced by lowering the heat and placing lid on the skillet?

  11. Rebecca Doyal-Meyer // 15th March 2019 at 4:45 pm // Reply

    This is one of my favorite side dishes here in Germany. It is often served with roast pork or beef and potato dumplings.

  12. Thankyou a nice fresh colour to bring to my table , plus I know it will taste yummy .
    Saly 🙂

  13. Peace for Paz // 15th March 2019 at 5:20 pm // Reply

    Oh yum! I have to try this. Thanx, Dani xox

  14. Ooooh. Yum. Been wanting to make a good side dish. I love cooked red cabbage and I don’t make it enough. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Beautiful stewed down with onions , red of course lol. Some Red wine vinegar and Port. Then add finely chopped apple and/or pears. For a bit of texture just perfection!

  16. Tina Festorazie // 15th March 2019 at 9:36 pm // Reply

    Thanks for recipe. Is there another cheese that would complement this dish, as I’m not a fan of goat cheese. Thanks.

  17. Deborah Catania // 15th March 2019 at 9:52 pm // Reply

    What a wonderful new recipe for cabbage…thank you SOOO much!

  18. Jules Geremaia // 15th March 2019 at 10:11 pm // Reply

    This looks amazing. I think I will make it this weekend with some baked chicken. Thanks for sharing this. I always love your videos and all the healthy stuff you make.

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