Braised Red Cabbage with Apples

Sweet and sour flavours describe this Braised Red Cabbage with Apples. It’s an easy side dish recipe that goes well with pork, sausage and beef. It’s so quick and easy on the stovetop and can be frozen for meal prep planning for later.

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Oktoberfest flavours on the brain and our favourite family food store – Nostalgia alert!

One of our favourite family outings when we lived in Hamilton, Ontario was to visit Denninger’s Food Store. The store features foods of the world of European flavours with a casual restaurant attached.

From the minute you enter the line-up for the cafeteria-style restaurant, the aroma of European food floats through the air.

We stand and try to decide what we will have for lunch on this outing. Pork Schnitzel with sauerkraut always wins for hubby Tim & I. Our boys, Troy & Austin usually opt for a sausage and one of their delicious side dishes.

Denninger’s is a third generation family business and the service is out-of-this-world. Since our boys were old enough to peek over the delicious counter loaded with artisanal and deli meats, they would put on their best smiles and always enjoyed a complimentary slice of veal bologna. It was our go-to spot for finding unique treats for stocking stuffers at Christmastime and today, I am really missing it.

I guess I am feeling a bit nostalgic this morning…..well I am always a bit nostalgic (lol) .

We had planned for Tim’s family to visit this weekend for big turkey Thanksgiving dinner’s however plans changed with the current situation. Hopefully, things will improve and we can pop up for a pre-Christmas visit.

These are challenging times for all of us and I’m so thankful for what we do have and that I can occupy so many hours of my day with cooking, cleaning the mess and writing this blog 🙂

As always, thanks for reading and I would love to hear from you in the comments or directly at 🙂

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It’s Delicious!

Denninger’s has the best Braised Red Cabbage, or Sweet & Sour Cabbage that I’ve ever tasted. Covid restrictions, and the fact that it is six hours away from our home meant that it was time to whip up a batch of this delicious red cabbage in my own kitchen!

We enjoyed it with a stuffed pork roaster dinner, although you can serve it with sausages or beef as well. And it is delicious on a sandwich!!

I was thrilled to find out how high red cabbage is in vitamin C. As we brace for cold and flu weather – ugh! – we can use all the vitamin C that we can get!

Tips for making this recipe

This recipe is SO simple that you need little help from me other than the recipe card below 🙂

Selecting Red Cabbage – look for heads that are firm and have bright leaves without any cracks or bruises. I always remove and compost the first couple of layers before I start chopping the red cabbage.

The method I like to use for chopping the red cabbage is to cut it in half, then place the cut side down and cut it into quarters. From there, slice it into strips and chop into smaller pieces as seen in the photo below.

You will want to keep a close eye on the pot as it is cooking with the lid on and add a little water towards the end if it’s sticking.

What is braising?

Braising is a very simple technique where the cabbage is first sautéed, then the cooking is completed in a covered dish. Fancy word for a simple process 🙂

Can I freeze Braised Red Cabbage?

Yep! you can store in a freezer-safe storage container for up to a month. Thaw, then reheat in a pot on the stovetop or microwave oven.

Wondering how you can store Braised Red Cabbage?

This side dish may be store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. I quite like it cold on a sandwich! Honestly, it’s so good I can just stand there and eat it from the bowl – don’t judge – wait until you see how good it is! 🙂


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Braised Red Cabbage with Apples

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  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings


Sweet and sour flavours describe this easy side dish recipe that goes well with pork, sausage and beef. It’s so quick and easy on the stovetop and can be frozen for meal prep planning for later.


1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup chopped onion

8 cups red cabbage, chopped

1 and 1/2 cups chopped apples (peeled, 2 apples)

1/4 cup cider vinegar

5 tbsp. brown sugar

1/4 cup raisins (optional)

1/8 tsp. salt

Freshly ground pepper to taste


1. In a large heavy saucepan or Dutch oven, melt butter. 

2. Cook onion over medium heat for five minutes, stirring constantly. You want the onion soft, but not browned. 

3. Add cabbage and stir well. 

4. Cover and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.

5. Add chopped apples, cider vinegar, brown sugar, raisins (if using), salt and pepper. Stir well and cover. 

6. Cook covered for 15 minutes over low-medium heat. Test after 15 minutes; the cabbage should be tender but not mushy. If mixture is sticking, add 1 tsp. cider vinegar into 1/2 cup water and mix well, then continue to cook a few minutes longer until cabbage is soft. 

Makes 6 servings.



Add in 1/4 cup of raisins

How to store Braised Red Cabbage with Apples

Store in the refrigerator for up to two days or you can freeze for up to a month in a freezer-safe container.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: German


  • Serving Size: 1 helping
  • Calories: 178
  • Sugar: 19.8 g
  • Sodium: 85.8 mg
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.8 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27.5 g
  • Fiber: 3.8 g
  • Protein: 2.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 20.3 mg


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