Rødkål ~ Braised Red Cabbage

Recipe Date: March 10, 2021
Difficulty: Easy
Measurements: Imperial (US)

This is a simple sweet and sour cabbage dish, traditional on the holiday table in Norway, but it is delicious eaten any time of year as a side dish.  It is delicious with sausages or Norwegian meatballs.



  • 1 small red cabbage, finely sliced, about 1.5 lbs
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and grated
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup red currant jelly, diluted in the water listed below
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 tbsp wine vinegar
  • a few whole cinnamon sticks, star anise, allspice berries, or other warm spices
  • salt
  • pepper


1.  Add all ingredients to a covered dutch oven or saucepan.  Bring to a boil, then turn down heat to a simmer.

2.  Simmer on low for at least an hour, but preferably for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.  Add water periodically to be sure the pot always has about 1/2 inch at the bottom.

3.  Once the cabbage is cooked, remove the lid and turn up the heat.  Cook without a lid until almost all the liquid has evaporated, about 20 to 30 minutes.

4.  Check seasoning, and adjust sweet/sour balance by adding vinegar or sugar to your taste.

This dish is often cooked a day ahead to save time and to allow the flavors to fully meld overnight.