Braised Red Cabbage


Bacon does double duty in this braised cabbage recipe. The drippings are used to cook the cabbage, while the cooked pieces add crispy texture to the final dish. Serve this savory cabbage alongside roasted meat or poultry.

a recipe photo of the Braised Red Cabbage
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Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
Nutrition Profile:


  • 6 center-cut bacon slices, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 head red cabbage, cored and cut into 1/2-inch shreds (10 cups)

  • 2 cups sliced yellow onion

  • 3 cups unsalted chicken stock

  • 3 tablespoons whole-grain mustard

  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add bacon; cook, stirring often, until crispy, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon, reserving the drippings in the pot.

  2. Add butter to the pot. Add cabbage and onion, stirring to melt the butter and coat the vegetables. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are wilted, 6 to 8 minutes.

  3. Add stock, mustard, vinegar, pepper and salt; stir to combine, scraping to release any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; cover and reduce heat to medium. Cook, undisturbed, until the cabbage is tender but still has some texture, about 30 minutes.

  4. Uncover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated and any liquid that remains is a saucy consistency, about 15 minutes. Stir in parsley. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with the reserved bacon. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

122 Calories
7g Fat
11g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size about 1 cup
Calories 122
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 5g 10%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Vitamin A 1191IU 24%
Vitamin C 56mg 62%
Folate 25mcg 6%
Vitamin K 49mcg 41%
Sodium 343mg 15%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 19mg 5%
Potassium 280mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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