This Rødkål (Danish Red Cabbage) is a Danish recipe we love. It is a side dish similar to sauerkraut but a little sweeter.
Danish Red Cabbage
If your taste buds are craving something a little more exotic; something ethnic with beautiful color and a sweet and sour flavor, well, you’ve come to the right blog post. Danish Red Cabbage, or Rødkål, is a great side dish for the Frikadeller or any other Danish recipe really. It is roughly pronounced “roeth kohl”. It is a fun, bright side-dish that tastes similar to sauerkraut but a little sweeter. You can also serve this with smoked sausage, bratwurst, or pork.
A Taste of Family History
Although you are certainly not required to have Danish ancestry to enjoy this delicious dish, knowing this is a food some of your ancestors enjoyed certainly makes it feel more authentic. One reader commented that they’ve always enjoyed Red Danish Cabbage, along with other Danish foods, as traditional Christmas Eve fare. Exposing your family to food from another country and culture can be an excellent way to broaden their horizons and pique their interest in learning even more.
More Danish Dishes To Try
If you’re interested in making this Danish Red Cabbage into a full meal, pair it with the Frikadeller mentioned above. Then, add some Danish Caramelized Brown Potatoes on the side with Danish Rice Pudding for dessert. You will feel like you’ve taken a trip to Denmark without ever leaving home.
If you want to try a few more ethnic dishes besides these Danish offerings. Check out these recipes here:
- One Pot Thai Peanut Pasta — features shrimp or chicken, noodles, vegetables, seasonings, and peanuts all cooked together in a light, creamy peanut sauce.
- Coconut Curry Chicken with Peanuts — sweet, slightly spicy flavors and is the perfect warm, comforting meal for any night of the week.
- Mexican Baked Strawberry Empanadas — perfect for dessert with any meal; and easy to make!
- Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siu) — moist, flavorful and delicious.
- Pork and Veggie Potstickers — restaurant quality, with a homemade touch.
- Italian Stuffed Pork Tenderloin — quite possibly the best pork tenderloin ever!
- Steak Fajita Bowls — A perfect dinner made of tender steak and sautéed veggies over a bed of Spanish rice.
Rødkål or Danish Red Cabbage
- 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.