How To Braise Vegetables

When you go to culinary school you would learn how to  “sweat” vegetables.

Basically, it is the same as braising.sweated cabbage

Braising vegetables is a healthy way to cook because it is low calorie with only a very tiny bit of a good-for-you oil and the cooking process retains nutrients.

When you braise vegetables also known as sweating a vegetable it is cooking it in its own juices or in only a tiny bit of water. It is simple. Just follow this step-by-step recipe for braised red cabbage.

You can use any vegetable you want.

How To Braise Vegetables

braised cabbage recipeDecide what veggies you want to braise or sweat, then get them all “processed” or cut up into the appropriate size.

In this case take a head of red cabbage and cut it in half. Then cut it into thin slices.
braised onion recipeDo the same thing for one onion.

Braised Cabbage

braised cabbage recipeNow comes the braising part.

Remember that you are not limited to braised cabbage… use ANY vegetable you want!

Put a tiny bit of grape seed or olive oil (or not) into a skillet and heat over medium heat.

Add the onion then:

  • put the lid on the pan
  • reduce the heat to very low
  • sweat until the onion is just starting to colorbraised vegetable recipe

Add The Cabbage & Braise

Add the cabbage, any spices you want (I used bay leaf, caraway seeds, salt and pepper) and a couple of tablespoons of water to start the braising process.

braised red cabbage recipe

  • cover
  • be sure you are using very low heat
  • toss or stir occasionally

Cabbage = Cruciferous Vegetable

Now just steep your veggies until the desired tenderness is reached.

cruciferous vegetablesI love doing cabbage this way as it is a nutrient powerhouse, low calorie feast and a great accompaniment with any dish.

Another combination that I often use is green cabbage, carrots and onion. It is a good habit to eat one cruciferous vegetable a day. Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable.

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