Vegan Braised Red Cabbage Recipe

Just because you’re vegan, doesn’t mean you should miss out on traditional elements of the Christmas meal.

This braised red cabbage recipe requires minimal effort while bringing maximum flavour.

What are the health benefits of red cabbage?

Red cabbage is a nutrient-rich vegetable that is low in calories and high in fibre. It is also a good source of vitamins C and K and antioxidants.

How can you tell if red cabbage is fresh?

Fresh red cabbage should have crisp and brightly coloured leaves. Avoid purchasing red cabbage with wilted or discoloured leaves, as this may indicate that it is past its prime.

What are some recipes that use red cabbage?

Other than this braised red cabbage recipe, there are many delicious recipes that use red cabbage, including coleslaw, borscht, and stir-fry dishes.

Vegan Braised Red Cabbage Recipe

This recipe is a beginner-friendly side dish, meaning you can make this even if you’ve never held a spatula in your hands before.
Not only is it vegan, but it’s also nut-free, soya-free and gluten-free and the perfect side for your Christmas dinner.
Try our vegan braised red cabbage recipe today, you nor your friends will be disappointed.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine European
Servings 2
Calories 235 kcal


  • Knife
  • Knife
  • Large frying pan or cast iron
  • Spatula


  • 1 tbsp Olive oil optional
  • 1 Red onion peeled, diced
  • 4 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup or brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp Ground nutmeg
  • ½ Red cabbage approx. 400g, core removed, thinly sliced
  • 1 Green apple core removed, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Pepper
  • 2 Whole cloves
  • 2 Bay leaves


  • Heat the oil in the pan over medium heat. Add onion and saute for 3-4 minutes until it starts getting soft.
  • Add maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and nutmeg. Keep cooking for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Next, add cabbage, apple, cloves, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, cover the pan with a lid, and cook on low heat for about 35 minutes. Simply stir it from time to time. If the cabbage starts looking dry, add a splash of water.


For an oil-free dish, sauté the onion in a little bit of water.


Calories: 235kcal
Keyword Red Cabbage, Vegan, Vegan Braised Cabbage
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