Alton Brown Coleslaw Recipe

Alton Brown Coleslaw Recipe

Coleslaw is very delicious as well as a popular side dish. Preparing coleslaw might be tricky, cause often they get kind of watery and mushy. Coleslaw seems very easy to prepare, but I’m sure if you wait for a while after preparing it becomes wilted. With Alton brown coleslaw recipe, you will get the idea of perfect coleslaw. 

Let me share my experience. When I prepared the coleslaw for the first time, it seemed okay at first. The perfect amount of cabbage, salt, mayo, carrots, etc. made the coleslaw perfect. I was very happy preparing this with no time. After 1 hour, when I served it,

I notice it becomes watery. So I went for researching what’s the actual problem. Then from Alton Brown’s recipe, I have learned the technique. In this article, I’m sharing the technique with you. Remember one thing, the technique is as important as the recipe. When you know both technique and recipe, the dish becomes the best.

Alton Brown Cole Slaw Recipe: 

The extraordinaire coleslaw recipe from Alton Brown is considered as an ideal coleslaw recipe. Without coleslaw, there is no way of celebrating BBQ parties. With a great coleslaw recipe, this recipe is providing you with perfect techniques. The secret technique is salting the cabbage. After removing extra moisture or water from the cabbages, the dressing will remain creamy, not mushy, watery, and flavorless. 

Also, with this salting technique, the cabbage will remain crispy, and dry. In order to dry the cabbage, this salting process is the perfect and effective one. With this recipe, you will find the recipe exactly creamy, tangy, and savory.


  • 1/2 green cabbage, finely sliced
  • 1/2 red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup of buttermilk
  • 2 ounces of yogurt
  • 2 ounces of fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon of pickle juice
  • 1 teaspoon of dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of chives, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt, plus more as needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper


Step 1: To season the cabbage, generously add salt with sliced green cabbage and red cabbage. 

Step 2: Now transfer the seasoned cabbages to a colander, and let drain for 3 hours. 

Step 3: After 3 hours, rinse the seasoned cabbages thoroughly, and let it dry. 

Step 4: In a glass bowl, add buttermilk, yogurt, and mayonnaise. Whisk the ingredients finely. 

Step 5: In that bowl, pour 1 tablespoon of pickle juice, 1 teaspoon of dry mustard, and 1 tablespoon of dried chives. Sprinkle some salt and pepper. Mix with yogurt mixture entirely.

Step 6: Now, add the sliced cabbages and sliced carrots to the mayo-yogurt mixture. Toss evenly with spoon or hands. 

Salting cabbage for coleslaw is a genuine process. With this method, the dressing you have prepared for coleslaw with buttermilk, yogurt, mayo, pickle juice, etc. remain rich and flavorful. Time to goodbye watery-bland coleslaw with this perfect recipe along with the dressing. Serve your perfect coleslaw with BBQ chicken, sandwich, fish fries, tacos, etc. Basically, coleslaw is a type of side dish that suits every fast food ever.

Variation of Coleslaw Recipe: 

 My other favorite Alton brown coleslaw with vegetables. this one you may call it an Asian slaw for usages of spices, likely for its look. Anyways, the usage of various vegetables like red pepper, yellow pepper, carrot, etc. makes the coleslaw so colorful that you will just fall in love with it. To be honest, I was a little bit confused about the taste with so many vegetables, but I was completely wrong. You will know it by yourself. Let’s jump to the recipe along with the listed ingredients. 


  • 1 head green cabbage, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 head of red cabbage, sliced thinly
  • 3 spring onions, minced
  • 1/2 cup of yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of red pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 seeded jalapeno peppers
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp. of mint
  • 2 tbsp. of cilantro
  • 1 ginger, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. of soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. of lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. of sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp. of black pepper
  • Salt as needed


Step 1: First of all, you need to salt cabbage for coleslaw.

Step 2: Then drain for 3 hours at least, and rinse finely. 

Step 3: Now, prepare the dressing with 1/2 cup of rice wine vinegar, 1 tbsp. of soy sauce, 1 tbsp. of lemon juice, 2 tbsp. of sesame oil, 1/2 cup of peanut butter, and 1/2 tsp. of ground black pepper. Whisk to combine the dressing finely. 

Step 4: In a large bowl, add the vegetables. Make sure the cabbages are fully dried out or it will be watery. 

Step 5: Pour the dressing into the vegetable mixture, and toss to combine. 

Your special looking perfect coleslaw with vegetables is ready to serve. Because of the peppers, the smell feels kind of spicy but with peanut butter, the taste becomes completely balanced. Surprise your guests with this unique type of coleslaw and enjoy. 


A goodly coleslaw needs a few techniques to prepare. While you are preparing it perfectly, you need to wait a little bit to enjoy an amazing coleslaw. Also, you can store it in the fridge for up to 3 days without getting it bland. To do so, you need to follow the recipes step by step without any hassle. And I’m pretty confident about your success. Let me know about your experience and bon appétit.

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