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close up view of red cabbage on a white plate with fresh green herbs on top

Slow Cooker Red Cabbage

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This easy sweet and sour slow cooker red cabbage combines red cabbage, onion and apple for a simple, flavorful vegetable side dish that goes with everything.
Course Side Dish
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword apples, Crockpot, onions, red cabbage, Slow Cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 112


  • 1 medium head red cabbage cored and sliced into thin shreds
  • 1 small yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 sweet tart apples, cored and thinly sliced such as Honeycrisp
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Optional (to add at the end)

  • 3 tablespoons butter traditional or vegan butter for dairy-free and vegan


  • To a 6-quart slow cooker, add the cabbage, onion, apple, salt, water, vinegar, and brown sugar, stirring to combine.
  • Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours, or until the cabbage is very tender. Do not uncover during this time.
  • Uncover and stir in the butter, if using. Taste and add additional salt, vinegar, or sugar if desired.


For more ingredients & substitutions, see blog post above.


Serving: 1 (of 8) | Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 360mg | Potassium: 332mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1326IU | Vitamin C: 63mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg