Red cabbage (also known as purple cabbage) brings brightness, flavour and texture to a variety of dishes across the seasons. Incredibly versatile, it can be left raw in a crunchy shredded salad, pickle or kimchi, stir-fried or slow-braised. Serve as a stunning accompaniment to sausages, pork belly or lamb steaks, or in a starring role on its own as a vegetarian main.
When is red cabbage in season?
Typically in season from September to December, some varieties of red cabbage can be harvested as early as July.
Why we love red cabbage
This multitalented veggie can be quick-pickled for a punchy slaw or left to slow cook for hours to intensify its gentle sweetness and buttery soft texture.
Health benefits of red cabbage
Rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, red cabbage is not only an aesthetically pleasing addition to a meal, but also a supremely healthy one. Due to its vibrant purple colour (from a flavonoid called anthocyanin), it contains even more immune-boosting benefits than the humble white cabbage.
Red cabbage recipes
These low-calorie roasted red cabbage steaks look really impressive on the plate and taste great, too. Drizzle the steaks with our homemade hazelnut dressing to serve.
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This goodness-packed red cabbage dish will help you recover from the post-Christmas slump. Low-calorie, healthy and vegan, a spicy tahini dressing is drizzled over quick-pickled red cabbage and roasted carrots and cauliflower.
Make a Middle Eastern spread come to life with this vibrant red cabbage and orange salad from London's Honey & Co. Dial up the heat depending on how spicy you like it and cool it down with a zingy orange dressing.
Redcurrant jelly brings yuletide joy to this red cabbage recipe while balsamic vinegar gives a tangy edge. Make it up to two days in advance and reheat on the day if you want to get ahead this Christmas.
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Gochujang, Korean chilli paste, is having a moment right now and there doesn't seem much it can't do. Combined with ginger and lime it makes a piquant dressing to brighten up this shredded red cabbage, coriander and apple salad.
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Beautifully tender pork belly with crispy crackling is a marriage made in heaven with this glossy sweet and sour cabbage.
Find out our top tips for perfect crackling every time and then try more pork belly recipes.
Kimchi is traditionally made with Napa cabbage, but that doesn't mean it doesn't work just as well with the humble red. If you're a fan of all things pickled you'll love this tangy, spicy side which packs a punch of nutrients and gut-loving probiotics thanks to the fermentation process. It's easier to make than you'd think.
Braised red cabbage with apples, bacon, cinnamon and orange zest is the perfect side dish for any festive feast or special occasion. Add a splash of red wine and this dish is ready to go.
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We’ve ditched the bulgur wheat but kept all the herby loveliness of a classic tabbouleh in this ruby winter slaw with red cabbage. Sprinkle some sumac over the slaw before serving, if you like.
For more inspiration, check out our BBQ kofte with whipped feta and tahini slaw.
This easy one-pot wonder fries crumbled fennel and chilli sausages with sliced red cabbage and fresh sage. Serve with creamy mashed potato or cooked polenta for a stress-free winter dinner.
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Check out our simple vegan pickled red cabbage. This easy recipe makes for a great side dish to your Christmas feast – what's more, it's gluten-free and comes in at only 50 calories per serving.
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Check out this easy traybake recipe with spicy chorizo sausages and sticky sweet quince. This simple recipe is a perfect midweek meal for all the family.
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A great summer lunch – and also very portable for picnics or parties – these stunning rice paper rolls are wrapped up with jumbo prawns, thinly shredded red cabbage and carrots, plus fresh mint and coriander leaves. Serve alongside the homemade cashew butter, soy sauce and red chilli dipping sauce.
This recipe for tandoori lamb steaks is really easy to make and served with a chilli-spiked slaw of red cabbage, chillies, onion and red pepper. Serve the steaks and slaw with our homemade and cooling mint yogurt.
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Our best ever recipe for homemade coleslaw. We use shredded red cabbage and white cabbage with other vegetables and salads, finished with a creamy lime and coriander dressing.
Serve alongside one of our delicious taco recipes.
If you can get your hands on some wild boar sausages – normally available from butchers and larger supermarkets – this all-in-one dish will thank you for it. The sausages are cooked in juicy, braised red cabbage for a dish that tastes like it's much harder work than it is.
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Leave the hard work to the oven with this easy red cabbage and apple recipe that takes just 20 minutes to prepare. Two hours later, you'll be rewarded with a delicately spiced and beautifully soft side dish.
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