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Super Simple Low-Carb Braised Red Cabbage

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This low-carb side dish is the perfect mix of savoury with a touch of sweetness. It’s lovely way to lighten up a heavy, wintery meat dish, and the bright pink-purple makes it a beautiful addition to any winter dinner party spread.

A few tips to getting this just right though. I like to cook the cabbage on a higher heat first until its just starting to glisten. Then reduce the heat as low as possible on your cooktop, cover and simmer until soft with just a little bite. Cooking too long can result in cabbage that’s too mushy so keep an eye on it!

This quick and easy low-carb side is ideal for meal prep and batch cooking. Ideal to serve with crispy duck, pork belly or roast chicken.

Hands-on Overall

Serving size about 1 cup

Allergy information for Super Simple Low-Carb Braised Red Cabbage

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free

Nutritional values (per serving, about 1 cup)

Net carbs7.9 grams
Protein2 grams
Fat7.8 grams
Calories117 kcal
Calories from carbs 29%, protein 7%, fat 64%
Total carbs10.8 gramsFiber2.9 gramsSugars5.6 gramsSaturated fat4.5 gramsSodium323 mg(14% RDA)Magnesium23 mg(6% RDA)Potassium370 mg(19% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 side servings)

  • 1 medium red onion, halved and sliced (60 g/ 2.1 oz)
  • 2 tbsp ghee or duck fat (30 ml)
  • 1/2 small head red cabbage, shredded (500 g/ 1.1 lb)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (60 ml/ 2 fl oz)
  • 2 tbsp water (30 ml)
  • Optional: 2 tsp Erythritol or Swerve or 2-4 drops liquid stevia
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat and add the ghee. Once melted, add the onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes or until the onion has started to soften.
    Super Simple Low-Carb Braised Red Cabbage
  2. While the onion is cooking, roughly chop the cabbage into slices.
    Super Simple Low-Carb Braised Red Cabbage
  3. Add all of the remaining ingredients including to the pot and stir a few minutes until the cabbage is shiny.
    Super Simple Low-Carb Braised Red Cabbage
  4. Reduce heat to lowest setting, cover with a lid and cook 50-60 minutes, stirring occasionally until the cabbage is tender. Store in a sealed container in the fridge up to 5 days. Super Simple Low-Carb Braised Red Cabbage

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, about 1 cup)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Onion, red, fresh
1 g0.2 g0 g6 kcal
0 g0 g7.5 g68 kcal
Cabbage, red, fresh
6.6 g1.8 g0.2 g39 kcal
Apple cider vinegar
0.1 g0 g0 g3 kcal
Water, still
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Salt, pink Himalayan rock salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0.2 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Total per serving, about 1 cup
7.9 g2 g7.8 g117 kcal

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Comments (5)

I wanted a low-sugar recipe for Red Cabbage which of course is a very healthy side dish to have.  This seems to be the one that appeals to me and will try it at the weekend.  Many thanks for sharing this.

I hope you liked it! 😊

What a great recipe .I’ve made as a side with roast belly pork about times and is easy to make and delicious.

Just so you know, I’m trying this Keto Red Cabbage recipe and I’ve noticed you have left out when to add the apple cider vinegar.   So you might want to correct this.

Hi Renee, it is in step 3 where it says "add all of the remaining ingredients". I hope this helps!