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Braised Red Cabbage | Stovetop, IP or Slow Cooker

A simple braised red cabbage recipe is as essential to a good Sunday Lunch as it is a Christmas Dinner, it may take time but it is very easy!

Portrait close up image of braised red cabbage served in a small aluminium pan

The Great Supporting Role!

Hidden in the background of many of my traditional British roast recipes you will find this glorious and simple side dish.

You will see it in the background of my crispy roast pork belly, roast pork knuckle and my whole roast duck recipe.

But we all know just how important the supporting role is for a roast, I mean, Yorkshire Pudding and roast potatoes anyone?

I adore cabbage and when it comes to a roast then slowly cooked red cabbage is a real firm favourite.

I cook it any time I have a hunk of meat that takes a couple of hours to cook!

It has that whole sweet and sour vibe going on that I like to pair up with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

If you have left over red cabbage then how about knocking up my red cabbage chutney?

Portrait image of a classic Sunday lunch featuring roast duck, roast potatoes and braised red cabbage

Cooking Smaller Portions!

This recipe is perfectly sized for serving as a side for two people.

Unfortunately, you will be hard-pressed to find a cabbage small enough for two!

Fortunately, there are solutions to this.

First of all red cabbage freezes really well, scale up this recipe to whatever size you want then portion it up in thick bags then freeze.

I say use thick bags because the best way to reheat the cabbage is boil in the bag!

Just defrost the bag of cabbage and then drop it in some gently simmering water for 10 minutes. This works so well because we are not driving off any more moisture when we reheat.

Secondly, if you have an Instant Pot you can try my one-pot Pork Chop, Red Cabbage with Prunes and Hazelnut recipe.

Yes, it is a shameless plug, but it is really good!

Portrait image of a classic Sunday lunch featuring roast pork, roast potatoes and braised red cabbage

Alternative Cooking Methods.

I usually cook my red cabbage on the stovetop, it is stupidly simple. It also requires nowt more than a spare burner/hob.

But if you are rocking this for a larger meal you can cook this in a slow cooker or Instant Pot.

Slow Cooker Braised Red Cabbage Instructions:

To cook in a slow cooker throw in all of the ingredients at the same time. Then cook on low for 6-8 hours stirring occasionally!

Instant Pot Braised Red Cabbage Instructions:

To cook in an Instant Pot throw in all of the ingredients. Then cook under high pressure for 25 minutes.

You can quick release or natural release. Quick release will leave your cabbage with a little more texture.

Square image of braised red cabbage served in a small aluminium pan
Yield: 2 Servings

Braised Red Cabbage Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Whether it is Christmas, Thanksgiving or just plain ol' Sunday Lunch simply a braised red cabbage recipe is a great addition to a roast!


  • 300 g (10.5 oz) Red Cabbage
  • 50 g (1.75) Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 35 ml (1.2 fl oz) Red Wine Vinegar
  • 100 ml (3.4 fl oz) Red Wine
  • 1 Stick Cinnamon
  • 5 Cloves
  • Grated Nutmeg to taste.


  1. Cut your cabbage into quarters and then remove the tough core.
  2. Finely shred the cabbage into 5mm strips. You can do this with a food processor if you are that way inclined.
  3. Heat the cooking oil over a low heat and when warm toss in the cinnamon stick and shredded cabbage.
  4. Season generously with salt and pepper and stir.
  5. Add a lid and cook on low for 10 minutes just to start the softening process.
  6. Add in the red wine, brown sugar, red wine vinegar and cloves.
  7. Grate in a good 1/8th to a quarter of a whole fresh nutmeg.
  8. Stir then add a lid and set it on a low heat for 90 minutes.
  9. Stir every 20-30 minutes or so.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 117Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 46mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 4gSugar: 22gProtein: 2g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

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Sunday 1st of March 2020

instantpot directions? please

Brian Jones

Tuesday 3rd of March 2020

Hi Tiffani... I've never cooked this in my Instant pot, my guess would be that you replace the 90 minute cook time with a 25-30 minute high pressure cook which you can quick release.

I suspect that there will be enough liquid already in the pot so you should not need to scale this up. I'm unsure about the remaining liquid though. I'll add a caveat though, this is a guess and where I would start if I were trying to make it in a pressure cooker, I may be a little off the mark though. Good luck, let me know how you get on :)


Sunday 16th of February 2020

Very tasty! I was a little leery about the cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg but it works! I did put the whole cloves in a bouquet garni so no one would chop down on one.

Brian Jones

Monday 17th of February 2020

Glad you like it, they are all pretty traditional flavours with red cabbage across large parts of Europe :)

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