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Sweet-and-Sour Braised Cabbage

  • Side
  • Entertaining
  • Active Time:15 min
  • Total Time:35 min
  • Servings:4
  • Difficulty:Easy
Photo by Kelley Jordan

Cabbage is a highly underrated and underutilized vegetable. Braise it into silky submission with sweet-tart apples and dried fruit, and you have one heck of a side dish. We especially love it with slow roasted salmon and a platter of herb-roasted potatoes.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 pound red cabbage, cored and coarsely chopped

  • 1 large tart apple, peeled, cored, and sliced

  • 2 tablespoons dried cherries, cranberries or golden raisins

  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


In a medium skillet, heat the oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onion and cook, stirring until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the cabbage and cook until it begins to wilt, about 5 minutes. Add the apple, dried fruit, vinegar, sugar, a pinch each of salt and pepper, and 1/2 c water and bring to a boil. Cover partially and simmer over medium-low heat until cabbage is tender and liquid has evaporated, 10–12 minutes. Stir in the butter and season with salt to taste.

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