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

Best red cabbage recipes for Christmas

Jazz up your Christmas dinner with these versatile side dish recipes, from classic red cabbage with redcurrant jelly to zingy Asian-inspired pickled red cabbage and many more

Looking for red cabbage recipes? This wintery veg makes a great side dish for Christmas or can work brilliantly as the main event of a meal. Try our ideas including pickled red cabbage recipes, braised red cabbage recipes and many more. Also check out our collections of cabbage recipes, Brussels sprout recipes and parsnip recipes for more spectacular sides.


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.

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 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 making it a healthy Christmas side dish.

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 herbs that you’d find in a classic tabbouleh in this ruby red cabbage slaw. Sprinkle some sumac over the slaw before serving for a gently spiced red cabbage recipe.

Tabbouleh Salad Recipe

Slow cooker red cabbage

This slow cooked red cabbage and apple dish spiced with cinnamon is so delicious it will outshine even the tastiest of roasts. Just 20 minutes of preparation is required from you to make this gloriously sticky side.

Slow-cooked pork belly with red cabbage and apple recipe

Cooking pork belly over the Christmas season? This recipes makes a great alternative main for Christmas Day, and the easy sweet and sour red cabbage and apple makes for 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 for an easy traybake.

Chorizo Sausage Tray Bake Recipe with Quince and Red Cabbage

Pickled red cabbage with venison carpaccio

Want an impressive Christmas Day starter? Combine paper-thin slices of venison with pickled red cabbage for a showstopping start to your festive feast.

Venison Carpaccio Recipe With Pickled Red Cabbage

Sausage hotpot with red cabbage and beetroot

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 simple to make and requires minimal ‘hands-on’ time.

sausage cabbage hotpot

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 braised red cabbage for a hearty dinner.

Red Cabbage and Sausage Recipe

Chicken burger recipe with pickled red cabbage

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

Healthy Chicken Burgers Recipe With Pickled Red Cabbage

Roasted cabbage steaks with hazelnut dressing

Looking for a showstopping red cabbage recipe? Topped with a 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? Make our vibrant kimchi recipe with red cabbage for a zingy stocking filler. Check out our guide to fermenting here

Red Cabbage Kimchi Recipe

Rainbow coleslaw

Ready in just 20 minutes this coleslaw uses red cabbage and carrots for a speedy side dish. Natural yogurt and a tiny splash of cream add richness to this coleslaw dressing without too much fat, while raisins give natural sweetness. Make it as part of your Boxing Day buffet this Christmas.

Rainbow Coleslaw Recipe