This braised cabbage recipe is wedges of cabbage slow cooked with carrots, onions, butter and seasonings until tender. The absolute best way to eat cabbage!

When I’m looking for a simple yet satisfying veggie dish to go along with a meal, I turn to glazed carrots, parmesan zucchini or this succulent braised cabbage.

A plate of grilled chicken along with braised cabbage, carrots and onions.

In my opinion, cabbage is a totally underrated vegetable. It’s inexpensive, readily available year round and is totally delicious when prepared properly. This braised cabbage is my family’s favorite way to eat cabbage. The long cooking time transforms the cabbage into a tender and flavorful side dish that is mild enough for even the kids to enjoy.

Braised Cabbage Ingredients

When you make braised cabbage you will need cabbage, onion, carrots, broth, butter, parsley, salt and black pepper.

Wedges of cabbage in a baking dish.

How do you make braised cabbage?

Discard the outer leaves of the cabbage and then rinse and dry the cabbage. Cut your cabbage into wedges. After the cabbage wedges go into the pan, it’s time to add the carrots and some sliced onion. The finishing touch is butter, salt and pepper, along with a little chicken broth. The pan is covered and everything gets braised until tender.

Wedges of cabbage, sliced carrots and onion in a baking dish.

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Tips for the perfect braised cabbage

  • Leftover cabbage will stay good in the refrigerator in a sealed container for 3 days. Freezing the cabbage is not recommended as frozen cabbage tends to be limp and watery when reheated.
  • Be sure to leave the core attached so that the wedges will hold together in one piece.
  • You can use different types of cabbage for this recipe such as red cabbage, Savoy cabbage or the traditional green cabbage.
  • Make sure the cabbage wedges are placed laying down on the bottom of the pan so that the cabbage can absorb the braising liquid and the butter can get into the cabbage.
  • I use a small to medium sized cabbage for this recipe, but if you’re feeding a crowd, you can grab a large cabbage and double the rest of the ingredients in the recipe.
Cabbage, carrots, onions, pieces of butter and seasonings in a baking dish.

RECIPE FAQS

How do you cut a cabbage for braising?

The best way to slice a cabbage for this recipe is to cut a thin slice off the bottom of the cabbage core. From there, cut the cabbage in half lengthwise, then cut each half into 4 equal pieces.

What is braising?

Braising is a method of cooking that involves slow cooking meat or vegetables with a small amount of liquid in a covered container. It’s a great way to tenderize tough cuts of meat, and many food greatly benefit in flavor and texture from being braised.

What do you serve with braised cabbage?

I serve braised cabbage as a side dish alongside a starch and a protein. Braised cabbage pairs perfectly with chicken, pork and beef.

Is braised cabbage good for you?

Braised cabbage is a healthy dish. Cabbage is loaded with nutrients including antioxidants, vitamin C, and fiber and may help lower inflammation. This recipe is a healthy way to eat cabbage with low calories and fat. If you want to make the recipe healthier you can always reduce the amount of butter.

Your cabbage wedges should be similarly sized so that they all cook in the same amount of time.

Braised cabbage, carrots and onions, topped with parsley.

Braised cabbage variations

This is a simple recipe, yet there are so many different ways to customize it to make it your own. Here are some of my favorite add-ins to this dish.

  • Bacon: Add 1/2 cup of cooked crumbled bacon right before serving.
  • Garlic: Add 1 teaspoon minced garlic when you add the carrots and onions.
  • Vegan: Substitute olive oil for the butter and vegetable broth for the chicken broth.
  • Spicy: Sprinkle crushed chili flakes over the top of the cabbage before it goes into the oven.
  • Cheese: Add 1/2 cup parmesan cheese after you uncover the dish for the final bake.
  • Tangy: For extra flavor try adding 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to the broth in the baking dish.

Once you try this cabbage, you’ll want to make it all the time. It’s totally worth the long wait time as it braises. I often make this recipe on the weekends when we’re home relaxing and I have a little more time to prepare dinner. This one is sure to get rave reviews!

Main dishes to serve with braised cabbage

5 from 29 votes

Braised Cabbage

AuthorSara Welch
A plate of grilled chicken along with braised cabbage, carrots and onions.
This braised cabbage recipe is wedges of cabbage slow cooked with carrots, onions, butter and seasonings until tender. The absolute best way to eat cabbage!
Time
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time2 hours 20 minutes
Total Time2 hours 25 minutes
Course Side
Cuisine American
Serves 8

Ingredients 

  • 1 head cabbage cut into 8 wedges
  • 1/2 cup onion sliced
  • 2 carrots peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup butter cut into small pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • cooking spray

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Coat a baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Arrange the cabbage wedges in the baking dish, then scatter the carrots and onions around the cabbage.
  • Pour the chicken broth into the pan. Sprinkle the butter pieces over the cabbage and season everything with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cover the dish with foil, and bake for 2 hours. Uncover the dish halfway through the bake time and use tongs to carefully flip the cabbage wedges over.
  • Increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees F. Uncover the dish and bake for 15-20 minutes or until cabbage starts to brown at the edges.
  • Sprinkle with parsley, then serve.

Notes

  1. Before slicing your cabbage, discard the outer leaves and then rinse and dry the cabbage.
  2. Be sure to leave the core attached so that the wedges will hold together in one piece.
  3. Make sure the cabbage wedges are placed laying down on the bottom of the pan so that the cabbage can absorb the braising liquid and the butter can get into the cabbage.
  4. Your cabbage wedges should be similarly sized so that they all cook in the same amount of time.

Nutrition

Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 256mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2835IU | Vitamin C: 43.1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Fantastic recipe and great instructions! Our family loves it! Making tonight for some new friends and serving with a ham steak and new potatoes. Easy and soo delish!

  2. 5 stars
    Could you add quartered red potatoes? Thinking of trying with corned beef today as I’m not a fan of boiled cabbage..

    1. Yes that should work just fine, just be sure your potato pieces aren’t too large so that they’ll cook through in time.

  3. Oh wow! How informative this was! I had no idea of braising as a method for sow cooking! I’m going to try this for sure!

  4. 5 stars
    I had no idea about Braising! Thanks for sharing about it and that braised cabbage looks incredibly delicious!

  5. 5 stars
    I don’t know why but I’ve never thought of braising regular cabbage. I always just braise red cabbage! Your recipe sounds gorgeous!

  6. 5 stars
    I’m really not a fan of cabbage, mainly due to bad memories from school dinners, but this looks amazing. I might have to forget all my ideas about cabbage and give it a good.

  7. 5 stars
    I adore cabbage, but I have never braised it before! This sounds utterly delicious, and will definitely be made soon!