11 Red Cabbage Recipes served in a bowl with a silver spoon on a white table cloth surrounded by decorative pine cones

Best ever red cabbage recipes

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Check out our festive recipes for this versatile veg to serve with your turkey this Christmas. From red cabbage with redcurrant jelly to braised cabbage with apples and much more


Looking for red cabbage recipes? The humble red cabbage is incredibly versatile and makes a great side dish or can work brilliantly as the main event of a meal. Try our pickled red cabbage recipes, braised red cabbage recipes and many more.

How to cook red cabbage

We have plenty of ideas for how to cook red cabbage for roast dinner. In winter, it is typically braised with sweet and sharp ingredients to make an earthy and moreish Christmas dinner side dish. In the summertime, red cabbage gives a delicious fresh crunch and brightens up a whole range of grilled meats and barbecue recipes with its intense colour.

What are the health benefits of red cabbage?

Packed full of antioxidants, red cabbage lends itself similarly well to Asian dishes, and sits very nicely with the acidity of lime juice and fish sauce. It can even be fermented, as the star ingredient in the pickle-of-the-moment, Korean kimchi.



  • Our red cabbage recipes include festive ingredients such as cloves, orange zest and cinnamon

Red cabbage side dishes for Christmas

Red cabbage with redcurrant jelly

This classic red cabbage recipe makes a fantastic addition to a special festive dinner. Adding redcurrant jelly and balsamic vinegar gives the cabbage a sweet and sour edge. If you want to get ahead, this can be made up to two days before and reheated on Christmas Day to save time.

Tangy red Cabbage with redcurrant jelly

Braised red cabbage recipe with apples

John Torode’s braised red cabbage side dish takes the traditional recipe up a notch by including smoked bacon and orange zest. Adding some red wine gives a boozy hit for a festive feast. Check out more of out festive sides here.

Braised Red Cabbage Recipe With Apples

Pickled red cabbage

Need an easy vegan side for your Christmas dinner? This fresh, no-fuss red cabbage side dish benefits from not needing any braising. The use of bird's eye chillies and ginger brings an Asian flavour. What's more, it has only 50 calories per serving.

Asian Pickled red cabbage recipe

Red cabbage tabbouleh salad

Want a winter side salad for your festive dinner get togethers? We’ve ditched the bulgar wheat, but kept all the herby loveliness of a classic tabbouleh in this ruby red cabbage slaw. Sprinkle some sumac over the slaw before serving if you like. Check out more of our vegetable salad recipes here.

Tabbouleh Salad Recipe

Slow cooked pork belly with red cabbage

Cooking pork belly over the Christmas season? Serve it with our easy sweet and sour red cabbage as a simple yet flavoursome side. Check out our best pork belly recipes here.

Slow Cooked Pork Belly Recipe with Red Cabbage and Mash

Other red cabbage dishes

Chorizo sausage tray bake with red cabbage

Need an inspiring midweek meal to serve friends or family over the Christmas period? Make our festive quince-glazed cabbage with punchy chorizo cooking sausages.

Chorizo Sausage Tray Bake Recipe with Quince and Red Cabbage

Pickled red cabbage with venison carpaccio

A lovely restaurant-standard winter starter that uses red cabbage to provide a fresh and firm counterpart to paper-thin slices of venison. The meat is marinated with herbs and served with a Parmesan, olive oil and lemon dressing. A wonderful way to kick off your Christmas Day dinner party! And for more ideas on this theme, have a look at our best ever starter recipes.

Venison Carpaccio Recipe With Pickled Red Cabbage

Sausage hotpot with red cabbage and beetroots

Want an inventive red cabbage recipe to serve with your Christmas Day feast? Our braised red cabbage hotpot is a winner. Hearty, but still packed with goodness, this red cabbage recipe is really simple to make and requires minimal 'hands-on' time, a bonus when the cooking your festive dinner. More sausage recipes here.

Sausage Hot Pot Recipe With Red Cabbage

Prawn summer rolls with red cabbage

Looking for easy Christmas canapé recipes? Check out these easy red cabbage prawn rolls with homemade cashew butter dipping sauce, a fresh and easy snack to serve at your festive dinner party. Check out our other festive canapés here.

Prawn and Red Cabbage Summer Rolls with Cashew Butter Dipping Sauce

Sausages with cider-braised red cabbage

Looking for a comforting dinner for the family over the wintery months? Try our all in one wild boar bangers recipe with red cabbage, serve it with one of our moreish potato recipes.

Red Cabbage and Sausage Recipe

Chicken burger recipe with pickled red cabbage

These chicken burgers make a great, healthier alternative to the usual beef, the pickled red cabbage on top adds the extra kick . Make our punchy chicken burgers for an easy dinner over the festive holidays. More chicken burger recipes here.

Healthy Chicken Burgers Recipe With Pickled Red Cabbage

Roasted cabbage steaks with hazelnut dressing

Looking for a show-stopping red cabbage recipe? Topped with a delicious nutty dressing these red cabbage steaks will make an impressive vegetarian main or veggie side at your Christmas Day dinner. We have plenty more veggie mains for your Christmas feast here.

Roasted Cabbage Steaks With Hazelnut Dressing

Red cabbage kimchi

Want an easy, edible savoury gift to give friends and family over the festive period? Why not make our vibrant kimchi recipe with red cabbage. One of the best known ferments is gloriously spicy red cabbage kimchi from Korea. Check out our guide to fermenting here.

Rainbow coleslaw

Ready in just 20 minutes this coleslaw uses red cabbage as well as carrots for extra colour. Natural yogurt and a tiny splash of cream add richness to this coleslaw dressing without too much fat, while raisins give natural sweetness. Serve this easy side dish as part of a summer dinner party.

Rainbow Coleslaw Recipe