Danish Christmas Red Cabbage

READY IN: 1hr 30mins
Recipe by ElizabethKnicely

In Denmark it is traditional to serve a cooked pickled red cabbage for the Christmas Eve dinner. This is my grandmother's, and it is so easy to make and will be a great side dish to any roast duck, turkey or goose. When reheating, I like to add a tablespoon of black currant jam to enhance the flavor.

Top Review by twissis

Made for the Goddesses of ZWT-9, this is also a much-favored traditional side-dish for the Christmas Eve dinner in Iceland. We eat it w/roast duck on that occasion, but also enjoy it w/lamb for the Easter meal. I halved the recipe for just 2 of us & otherwise made it as written. Your recipe is delicious, classic for the dish & a very easy-fix. Thx for sharing the recipe w/us.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the cabbage in a large saucepan, and stir in the sugar, vinegar, salt and water. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer over medium heat for 1 hour. This can be served immediately, or chilled and reheated later in smaller portions.

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