Braised Red Cabbage

It’s a staple dish and most people have their own version. I keep to a few simple ingredients and cook it in a big pan on the top of the stove so I can stir it gently every now and then enjoying the aromas as the flavours develop. Keeping the sugar levels down makes it a good recipe if you’re watching your calories. All of this is less than 800 calories and is plenty for four people. Great for freezing too.



  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, peels and thinly sliced
  • 2 small or 1 large apple, cored and sliced thinly
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 4 heaped tsps dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 red cabbage (about 600g), shredded
  • 100ml cider vinegar
  • Salt & pepper
  • 2 tsps pomegranate molasses (optional)

What to do

  1. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan that has a lid.
  2. Fry the onions gently for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, apple, nutmeg and sugar. Turn it over to coat it all.
  4. Add the cabbage, vinegar and seasoning, stir and put the lid on turning the heat down to let it gently cook for an hour and a half.
  5. Look at it ever now and then, stirring it gently and adding a splash of water if it starts to dry out.
  6. Check the seasoning, stir in the pomegranate molasses and serve.

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