Portions: 4 servings
Why I ❤️ it
This easy braised red cabbage recipe is my favorite way to eat it, it's a kind of slaw that combines sweet and sour flavors and the umami taste and texture of bacon. It's best served at room temperature, so it's a great choice for cookouts, and with BBQ (which is how we usually serve it).
If you have never cooked purple cabbage and were wondering what to do with it, this is a great, simple way to prepare it.
Sweet and sour red cabbage slaw recipe
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Utensils and tools
Before you start, make sure you have all the ingredients and utensils ready.
Step 1: Browning the bacon
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and once heated add the bacon to it.
Cook stirring until the edges are browned (3-5 minutes).
Step 2: Cooking the onion
Stir in the onion and cook stirring over medium heat until the onion turns translucent (about 2 minutes).
Step 3: Cooking the cabbage
Stir in the cabbage and sauté until it is heated through (about 1 minute).
Pour in the vinegar, salt, and sugar and cook stirring for another minute. The cabbage should be slightly wilted but still have some bite to it.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Step 4: Serving
Serve at room temperature. Put extra vinegar on the table for those who prefer it more sour.
- How to cut red cabbage: Cut the cabbage into quarters and remove the core. Shred the cabbage finely with a sharp knife, or —best— with a mandoline.
- For four people we will only use half the cabbage, but since it keeps very well for a day, you can double the recipe (use the whole cabbage and double the other ingredients) and save the leftovers for the next day.
- You can substitute red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar for apple cider vinegar if you want to try different flavors in it.
- You can substitute maple syrup or honey to taste for sugar.
- Store leftover cabbage in the refrigerator in an airtight container, and heat lightly before serving again.
This braised cabbage dish is one of my favorite side dishes for cookouts and summer BBQs. It is also great with roast chicken, air fryer chicken, grilled sausages, and BBQ pork chops,
For a low-carb version, you either leave out the sugar, or use your favorite sweetener to taste.
Calories: 580kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 987mg | Potassium: 313mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1174IU | Vitamin C: 62mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg
Is red cabbage good when cooked?
Red cabbage is perfect for cooked cabbage dishes. When cooked, red cabbage retains some of its crunchiness and can be combined easily with many flavors and ingredients.
What goes with cooked red cabbage?
Cooked red cabbage is an excellent side dish with grilled pork and beef, and especially good as a side dish with sausages.
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Cooked Red Cabbage | Video | Sweet and Sour Slaw
- 8 ounces bacon [227 g]
- 1 large yellow onion sliced thinly
- ½ purple cabbage shredded finely
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
- 1½ teaspoon salt (or more, to taste)
- 1 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper (or to taste)
- Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and once heated add the bacon to it.Cook stirring until the edges are browned (3-5 minutes).
- Stir in the onion and cook stirring over medium heat until the onion turns translucent (about 2 minutes).
- Stir in the cabbage and sauté until it is heated through (about 1 minute).Pour in the vinegar, salt, and sugar and cook stirring for another minute. The cabbage should be slightly wilted but still have some bite to it.Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve at room temperature. Put extra vinegar on the table for those who prefer it more sour.