Ale-Braised Cabbage with Leeks

Ale-Braised Cabbage with Leeks

This classic British side dish is given gastropub treatment by using red cabbage and delicate leeks, rather than green cabbage and yellow onions. Finishing with fresh dill and lemon juice gives the recipe a lighter, spring-like quality.

  • 6Servings


  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 medium leeks, white portions sliced (11/2 cups)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (4 tsp.)
  • 1 red cabbage (2 lb.), cored and finely shredded
  • 2cups pale or white ale, such as Blue Moon
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh dill


Heat oil over medium heat in 12-inch skillet. Add leeks and garlic, and sprinkle with salt, if desired. SautĂ© 1 minute. Add cabbage, and cook 15 minutes, or until cabbage wilts and begins to brown, stirring frequently. Add ale, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 10 minutes, or until most of ale has evaporated. Remove from heat, and stir in lemon juice and dill. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 131
  • Carbohydrate Content: 16 g
  • Fat Content: 7 g
  • Fiber Content: 3 g
  • Protein Content: 2 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 0.5 g
  • Sodium Content: 428 mg
  • Sugar Content: 8 g