Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage Recipe

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  • Vegetarian
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 15 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories122 Kcal6%
Fat6 g9%
Saturated Fat3 g15%

Sweet and sour red cabbage is a lovely addition to your Christmas day lunch - red cabbage is a must, and this interesting take uses apples, as well as plenty of festive flavours like ground nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves.

If you fancy trying something new this Christmas, this sweet and sour cabbage recipe is the perfect foolproof recipe choice. It's really easy to make and has a lovely balance of sugar and vinegar which gives it a unique flavour that everyone will love.

Try something new this year and give this festive sweet and sour red cabbage recipe a go. It'll make everyone very happy and it serves 8 so you know there will be enough to go around for the whole family. If you're expecting a very large group of people over for Christmas, which many people do, you can double to ingredient quantities to make twice as much and ensure that everyone gets a spoonful. Plus, it'll last for the following day, so you can enjoy the leftovers with any turkey, or veg from Christmas day too.

How to make Sweet And Sour Red Cabbage


  • 1kg (2lb 4oz) red cabbage, shredded
  • 450g (1lb) Bramley apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
  • 2 red onions, sliced
  • 3tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 3tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1tsp each ground nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon
  • 50g (2oz) butter

You will need:

  • 1 x large ovenproof dish


  1. Layer up the cabbage, apples and onions with the sugar, vinegar and spices. Season as you go with salt and pepper. Dot the surface with butter, cover and cook on a low hob heat for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Alternatively, bake in the oven for the same time at 150 C, 130 C fan, 300 F, gas 2.