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braised red cabbage topped with goat cheese and parsley in a white bowl
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4.39 from 13 votes

Braised Red Cabbage with Apples and Onions

Braised Red Cabbage is a simple and delicious side dish that pairs perfectly with baked pork chops, roasted chicken, or broiled salmon.  It’s also delicious next to a baked potato for a simple vegetarian meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: DIET, DINNER, sides
Cuisine: American, gluten free, low carb + keto, vegetarian
Calories: 523kcal
Author: Dani Spies


  • 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
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Melt butter in a cast iron skillet, large saut 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.


Calories: 523kcal | Carbohydrates: 96g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 229mg | Potassium: 461mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 82g | Vitamin A: 785IU | Vitamin C: 16.7mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 2mg