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Slow Cooker Red Cabbage

Slow cooker red cabbage is an easy side dish with festive spices, great served with Christmas dinner or as a side with winter meals like casseroles or roast dinners.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, British, European
Keyword braised red cabbage
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 72kcal


  • 1 red cabbage you will use half, approx 500 g
  • 1 cooking apple
  • 1 onion
  • 200 ml apple juice
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 50 g redcurrants optional


  • Remove the outer leaves, cut the red cabbage in half, remove the woody core, then shred one half finely.
  • Peel, core and dice a medium cooking apple.
  • Peel and thinly slice a medium onion.
  • Put the shredded cabbage, diced apple and sliced onion in the slow cooker pot.
  • Pour in the apple juice, red wine vinegar and add the star anise, ground cinnamon, light brown sugar and redcurrants.
  • Cook on high for 3 hours, or on low for 5 hours, stir once or twice during the cooking time.
  • Remove the star anise then serve!


Slow cooker size
I make this dish in a 3.5 litre oval slow cooker.
How long does red cabbage last in the fridge?
Keep it in a covered or lidded dish in the fridge for 5-7 days.
Can red cabbage be frozen?
Yes, after cooking, allow it to cool then put it in a Tupperware tub or freezer bag. Seal then freeze for up to three months. Thaw it out then reheat to serve.
Can you reheat braised red cabbage?
Yes, this is a great dish to make ahead then reheat for Christmas dinner or as part of a Sunday dinner. Either microwave for a few minutes on high until fully piping hot, or decant the cabbage into a saucepan, add a little water to stop it sticking, then heat until piping hot, stirring occasionally.


Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 250mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 710IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg