Braised Red Cabbage and Apples with Maple and Thyme {Recipe}

Add some color to your plate with this pretty and delicious side dish of Braised Red Cabbage and Apples! 

Braised Red Cabbage and Apples w/ Maple & Thyme | If you're looking for a pretty and delicious side dish to add to your plate, this is it. Red cabbage and apples are braised with maple syrup, cider vinegar, mustard, and thyme for a sweet and savory combination that highlights some of the most popular flavors of the fall and winter season. Get the vegan and gluten-free recipe @jlevinsonrd.

When people think of cabbage, they often think about recipes for stuffed cabbage or cole slaw. As much as I love stuffed cabbage, it’s not the quickest recipe to make. To enjoy the flavors and nutritional benefits of cabbage on a regular basis, I have found that braising is one of my favorite cooking techniques for this cruciferous vegetable, and it is tastiest and prettiest when done with red or purple cabbage.

A couple of weeks ago I saw some beautiful red cabbage at the supermarket and was inspired to come up with a new recipe. Since apples are also in season, I searched online for recipes with red cabbage and apples. As I occasionally do when developing new recipes, I took elements of multiple recipes and came up with a new variation.

Ingredients & Preparation

To make this Braised Red Cabbage and Apples recipe, red or purple cabbage is thinly sliced and sautéed with red onions and apples. These fall ingredients are then complemented with maple syrup, lemon juice, cider vinegar, whole grain mustard, and fresh thyme, making for a sweet and savory side dish that’s not only good for you and delicious, but also pretty to look at on the plate.

This side dish pairs beautifully with chicken and white fish. If I ate pork I would dare to say it would go well with that too! The recipe is easy enough for a weeknight dinner, but also a show-stopper on the table at a dinner party or for the upcoming holiday season.

Braised Red Cabbage and Apples w/ Maple & Thyme | If you're looking for a pretty and delicious side dish to add to your plate, this is it. Red cabbage and apples are braised with maple syrup, cider vinegar, mustard, and thyme for a sweet and savory combination that highlights some of the most popular flavors of the fall and winter season. Get the vegan and gluten-free recipe @jlevinsonrd.

Nutrition Note

Did you know? Red cabbage is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family (other members include kale, kohlrabi, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts) and is an excellent source of anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant that provides anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits.

Braised Red Cabbage and Apples Recipe

Braised Red Cabbage and Apples with Maple & Thyme
 
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If you're looking for a pretty and delicious side dish to add to your plate, this is it. Red cabbage and apples are braised with maple syrup, cider vinegar, mustard, and thyme for a sweet and savory combination that highlights some of the most popular flavors of the fall and winter season.
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Recipe Type: Side Dish, Vegetables
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Serves: 6 to 8
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small red cabbage, quartered, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced in half moons
  • 2 medium crisp apples, such as Gala, cut into matchsticks, splashed with 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon whole-grain Dijon mustard
  • 1-2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add cabbage and onions and cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add the apples and continue cooking the mixture for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in the syrup, vinegar, mustard, thyme, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is tender (about another 8 minutes). Remove from heat, cover, and keep warm until ready to serve.

Braised Red Cabbage and Apples with Maple & Thyme | If you're looking for a pretty and delicious side dish to add to your plate, this is it. Red cabbage and apples are braised with maple syrup, cider vinegar, mustard, and thyme for a sweet and savory combination that highlights some of the most popular flavors of the fall and winter season. Get the vegan and gluten-free recipe @jlevinsonrd.

Do you enjoy braised cabbage?

What’s your favorite cabbage recipe?

Braised Red Cabbage and Apples | If you're looking for a pretty and delicious side dish to serve at your holiday table, this is it. Red cabbage and apples are braised with maple syrup, cider vinegar, mustard, and thyme for a sweet and savory combination that highlights some of the most popular flavors of the fall and winter season. Get the recipe @jlevinsonrd.
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13 Responses to Braised Red Cabbage and Apples with Maple and Thyme {Recipe}


  1. These photos are so pretty! I just want to grab a fork and dive right in 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you! It’s amazing what a difference it makes now that I know how to take food photos!

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  4. I am so craving this now! Just need a head of cabbage, and I’ll be ready to go! 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Hope you try it! I just made it again tonight and it’s so easy, delicious and pretty too!

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