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Easy Christmas red cabbage recipe

Mandy Mazliah
A delicious traditional and easy Christmas red cabbage recipe. This classic festive side dish is suitable for vegetarians and vegans and is a must-have on every Christmas dinner table.
4.88 from 8 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine British
Servings 6
Calories 125 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 eating apples grated
  • 3 cloves
  • 3 star anise
  • teaspoon nutmeg grated
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 800 g red cabbage shredded


  • Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy based pan with a lid. Add the sliced red onion, stir and reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until the onion is soft. Stir occasionally.
  • Add the grated apple, the spices and the vinegar. Stir, then add the red cabbage bit by bit, stirring as you go so that it's coated in the spices.
  • Cover and cook on a low heat for an hour or until the cabbage is cooked through.
  • Serve with a roast dinner.


Nutritional information is approximate and is intended as a guide only.


Calories: 125kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 38mgPotassium: 425mgFiber: 5gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 1523IUVitamin C: 80mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 1mg
Keyword christmas red cabbage
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