Danish Christmas Red Cabbage

Danish Christmas Red Cabbage


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


1 h 30 m servings 144 cals
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Original recipe yields 12 servings



  • Calories:
  • 144 kcal
  • 7%
  • Fat:
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 36.8g
  • 12%
  • Protein:
  • 0.7 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 402 mg
  • 16%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  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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  1. 56 Ratings


i have read the other reviews and as i am also danish i would suggest using 1 jar of red current jelly instead of the sugar,1/2 cup vinigar only a little water and simmer for about 2 hours stirr...

My German mother makes this red cabbage. It has a wonderful sweet/sour flavor. She adds just a tiny dab of bacon drippings to it before serving and it is one of my absolute favorite side dishe...

This was a really good recipe for red cabbage. I cut the ingedients in half. Quick and easy to make. Kept a bright red color. A real winner.

This recipe was just wonderful. I made it exactly as written and thought it just a bit too sour. I did reduce the vinegar and sugar just a bit. It is wonderful along side of the Sweet and Sour ...

I just made this for T-giving and test tasted it... Mmmmmm very good! I was surprised by the amt of sugar called for, so I substituted Equal's Sugar Lite for 1/2 c. and then 1 1/2 c. sugar. That...

This was excellent! We didnt change a thing, and the whole family ate it all, even the kids. This is definetly a keeper!

I shredded this cabbage lenghtwise and fine, and found it to be too sweet. Also, I found when dishing it out into a serving bowl, the vinegar took my breath away. I will make it again, but wil...

My husband and I just enjoyed this recipe soooo much, didn't change a thing! I will be making this again, what a treat. Just wondering when it says to shred the cabbage, like coleslaw? I just ...

I have made this for years, as mentioned, excellent w/any plain meat, pork, roast, poultry, etc. You can adjust by keeping the proportion of sugar/vinegar. I always use cider vinegar and add so...