Sweet and sour red cabbage

Add a classic takeaway flavour to your next side dish with this sweet and sour cabbage recipe. Simple yet delicious, this recipe takes the humble cabbage to new levels. Serve with your next Asian-inspired meal

By Jo Wilcox
  • 15 mins preparation
  • 25 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 red cabbage, finely sliced
  • 1 small red onion, finely sliced
  • 1/2 cup raspberry vinegar
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 slice orange peel
  • 5 whole cloves


  • 1
    Heat the butter in a medium saucepan and sauté the red cabbage and onion for 2 minutes until just starting to wilt. Then add the vinegar and cook for 2 minutes, stirring, until evenly bright pink.
  • 2
    Add the apple cider, brown sugar, star anise, cinnamon and the piece of orange peel studded with the cloves. Cover the pan and simmer for 20-25 minutes until tender. Season with cracked pepper and salt if needed.


  • Serves 4-6.

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