Chef John's Braised Red Cabbage


A go-to braised red cabbage recipe. We're going to cook a very beautiful, super easy cabbage side dish. All ingredients are totally to taste. It's a little bit sweet and a little bit tangy, with a tiny hint of caraway to interest you.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 small head red cabbage, cored and thinly sliced

  • salt to taste

  • cup water

  • ¼ cup red wine

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 pinch caraway seeds


  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; cook cabbage in the hot butter until it begins to soften, 1 to 2 minutes. Season with salt. Pour in water, red wine, and red wine vinegar. Stir to combine. Mix in sugar and caraway seeds.

  2. Continue to cook and stir until liquid has evaporated and cabbage is tender, about 5 minutes. If cabbage isn't quite tender, add a splash of water and continue cooking a few more minutes.

    close up view of Chef John's Braised Red Cabbage in a pan
    Chef John

Chef's Note:

There are so many ways to tweak this recipe! Raisins, currants, shallots, onions, leeks, apples, and pears are just a few things that rock in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

134 Calories
6g Fat
18g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 134
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 80mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 81mg 404%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 377mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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