Red Cabbage Sautéed in Red Wine, Garlic and Thyme

Cabbage Brained

One would think that the only vegetable my husband knows to exist is cabbage and potatoes.  I swear to God we have the same conversation every week and will probably continue to do so until someone takes the initiative to stop asking hence ending the vicious cycle.


“What do you want to go with [insert name of entree or protein]?






“What do you mean?”


“A vegetable?  What vegetable would you like?”


“Potato is a vegetable”


“True, but it typically is considered a starch.  What vegetable do you fancy?”


“Uh…(wheels slowly spin)…(The Jeopardy theme song plays)… (The countdown timer ticks away)…. cabbage??”


I don’t know why he’s obsessed with cabbage.  Maybe it reminds him of when he was living in Henan, China and survived on a diet of what he described as ‘scraps and cabbage’.  All I know is that sometimes I cave and yes, we eat cabbage.  BUT, how do you make it tasty?  How can you spice it up and elevate past the tried and true method of just boiling it?  The answer-go with your French cooking instincts.  Go with wine and thyme.  I swear that combination can make anything taste good.  ANYTHING!  Even the humble cabbage.


This is a simple, easy to make, easy to prepare, quick to cook and tasty vegetable side dish.  I love the color and it pairs great with a roast.  AND YES, it shuts up the cabbage-craving monster.


Red Cabbage sauteed with red wine and thyme





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Red Cabbage sauteed with red wine and thyme

Red Cabbage Sautéed in Red Wine, Garlic and Thyme

  • Author: Spicepaw
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3-4 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This is a tasty vegetable side dish of cabbage cooked with fresh thyme, garlic and red wine. Easy to make, easy to prepare, and quick to cook. #easysidedish #healthyrecipes #vegetablerecipes #quickrecipes 



1 medium-sized head of red cabbage

1 cup (~240 ml) red wine

23 tbsp butter

2 cloves of garlic (minced)

A small handful of fresh thyme

a pinch of white sugar




  1. Wash and peel away any undesirable outer leaves.  Cut cabbage into quarters and remove the core.
  2. Cut cabbage into 1 cm/0.5 in strips.
  3. In a large wok or frying pan, melt butter over medium heat.
  4. Add garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant being careful not to burn the garlic (usually 1-2 min).
  5. Add wine and a pinch of sugar, increase heat and bring to a gentle boil.  Let boil for 2-3 minutes until alcohol is cooked off and mixture has reduced slightly.
  6. Add chopped cabbage and cook on high heat for 3-5 minutes or until cabbage is cooked to a point where it is crisp but not too soft.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Category: Vegetable, Side
  • Method: pan fried
  • Cuisine: Western

Keywords: cabbage, red wine, thyme, easy side dish, garlic


More colorful vegetable dishes to brighten up your meal:

Sesame and Garlic Cucumbers (Chinese cucumber salad)

Quick and Easy “Throw it Together” Minted Peas

Roasted Red Peppers with Chevre and Honey Almonds


Author: Natasha

I'm just a busy expat mom who has a psychological need to feed people. I enjoy learning about new cultures, (especially the food) and enjoy experimenting with new ingredients and spices

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