Braised Cabbage and Apple

4.75 from 4 votes

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This easy to make Braised Cabbage and Apple recipe comes together in no time, is the perfect side to any chicken, pork or lamb dish and is packed with brown sugar sautéed apples and green cabbage braised in cider vinegar and spices.

overhead shot of cabbage and apple in cast iron pan

Instead of making a coleslaw or steaming cabbage like I served alongside my Corned Beef the other day, I opted to experiment with items on hand in the kitchen. Sometimes these are the best recipes.

I was planning on making a house favorite for dinner, my Balsamic Roast Pork Tenderloin, and pictured the sliced pork served along side a braised cabbage of sorts. That’s how this Braised Cabbage and Apple side dish came to be.

angle shot of cabbage and sliced apples

First I was going to cube up the apple, and by all means go for it if you like, but slices worked for me and I sautéed them in butter with apple cider vinegar and some brown sugar. Opting to go the sweet and sour way for flavors…

braised cabbage and apple in white casserole dish

I sliced the cabbage then and added it on top and sprinkled in some allspice and celery seeds with the kosher salt and pepper, add some water and covered it to braise and break down a bit.

I didn’t want it mushy, still crunchy a bit, but cooked. This worked and was perfect. I hope you give this Braised Cabbage and Apple recipe a try. Enjoy!

close up of braised cabbage and apple in white casserole dish

braised cabbage and apple in white casserole dish

Braised Cabbage and Apple

4.75 from 4 votes
This Braised Cabbage and Apple recipe is a perfect side dish, packed with brown sugar sautéed apples and green cabbage braised in cider vinegar and spices.
Servings: 4
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes



  • In a cast iron pan or large skillet over medium heat melt the butter. Add the sliced apples, tossing to coat and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the brown sugar and apple cider vinegar. Stir to mix in and continue cooking for 2 more minutes.
  • Add the sliced cabbage, spices and carefully toss to coat. Add the water, cover with lid and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove lid, season to taste and drain any excess water. Serve or keep warm, covered with aluminum foil in a casserole dish.


Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 679mg | Potassium: 512mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 87.3mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 1.4mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Course: Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine: American
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  1. 4 stars
    Good and a nice departure from how I usually fix cabbage. I thought the 1 tsp pepper would be too much but I went for it — and I was right, it was way too much for me. Maybe because I used a fine ground black pepper? I will make again with 1/2 tsp pepper.

  2. 5 stars
    Perfect for our Oktoberfest supper w brats! My 87 yo said they used to eat seeet/sour cabbage growing up with braised all day pork shoulder. I’ll be trying that next. Thanks!

  3. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and was skeptical 🤨….but it turned out delicious! Even my 11 year went back for seconds. I have already shared and plan to put this in rotation. I was unplanned on the meat to place with it so I thawed some shrimp and sautéed in some of the juice that I dipped out of the cabbage pan and added a few shakes of onion and ginger powder to it with a couple dashes of soy sauce. It turned out very good! So glad I subscribe to your blog. Thank you!

    1. Anytime, thanks so much Palmera! It’s great as a side dish for any dinner. I love it it as a leftover, too. 🙂