Sweet and Sour Cabbage

Sweet and sour cabbage

The season for young cabbage lasts all summer. It is more delicate and sweeter than white cabbage, it is greener and its leaves are less stiff. It tastes great in salads and its larger leaves can be fantastic for wrapping cabbage rolls. The recipe for boiled/fried/stewed young cabbage is the perfect addition to dinner. It’s worth trying this recipe because young cabbage has just appeared in supermarkets and you can easily get it on sale!

Delicious stewed cabbage that you can prepare in 10 minutes. Depending on your preferences, you can add more or less sugar and vinegar to make it taste better to you. If you are a fan of stewed or fried cabbage, you must try it.

Recipe modifications:

  • Bacon – if you want, you can prepare bacon greaves. Add the finely diced bacon to a cold frying pan. Heat over low heat until the fat melts and the cracklings become crispy. When the cracklings are ready, add the cabbage, increase the heat and follow the recipe.
  • Onion – adds sweetness to the cabbage. Dice the onion finely. Fry and add cabbage with spices.
  • You can replace apple cider vinegar with any vinegar, e.g. wine, rice or spirit vinegar. Remember, however, that spirit vinegar is more expressive than the others, so add less of it than in the recipe.
  • You can replace white sugar with honey or syrups, e.g. maple or agave.
  • You can omit the addition of butter, the cabbage will then be more dietary.
  • You can also omit the addition of chilli, but adding it greatly enhances the taste 😉
  • Dill – goes perfectly with young cabbage. If you want, you can add a handful of chopped dill while frying.
  • Water – if the cabbage contains little water, you may need to add a few tablespoons of water to prevent the cabbage from being too dry.
  • Breadcrumbs – if you like it, you can sprinkle cooked cabbage with breadcrumbs fried in butter, just like cauliflower or green beans are often prepared.

What to serve young cabbage with?
This stewed cabbage is a perfect addition to Sunday dinner. It goes well with fried, stewed or baked meats, e.g. minced cutlets, pork neck, pork loin, chicken, ham, carrots with peas, potatoes or dumplings.
This is a perfect way to use leftover cabbage, e.g. after making cabbage rolls.

Sweet and sour cabbage without butter and bacon will be a vegan dish. If you do not add breadcrumbs to it, it will be a gluten-free dish. The proportions given below will give us approximately 4 servings of cabbage for dinner.
Read the step-by-step recipe on how to prepare stewed young cabbage and watch the video below the recipe.
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Sweet and Sour Cabbage

Delicious stewed cabbage, perfect for dinner. Easy and quick recipe.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Side dishes
Cuisine Polish
Servings 4 portions
Calories 114 kcal

Sweet and Sour Cabbage Recipe


  • 1 head young cabbage
  • 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 heaped spoons sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 pinch chilli flakes


  • Wash and chop the cabbage or use a shredder. Sprinkle the cabbage with sugar, salt, add vinegar and chili. Mix.
    You can set aside the cabbage and cook it 5-10 minutes before serving dinner so that it is hot. You can also fry it straight away.
    1 head young cabbage, 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 2 heaped spoons sugar, 1 tsp salt, 1 pinch chilli flakes
  • Add the cabbage with spices to the pan. Fry for about 5 minutes. Finally, add the butter. Stir so that the butter coats the cabbage thoroughly, then fry for a while. The cabbage is ready when it changes color from vivid green to yellow-green.
    If the cabbage is too dry, you can add a little bit of water to it.
    1 tbsp butter


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Serving: 100gCalories: 76kcal (4%)Carbohydrates: 14g (5%)Protein: 2g (4%)Fat: 2g (3%)Saturated Fat: 1g (8%)Trans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 5mg (2%)Sodium: 419mg (18%)Potassium: 292mg (8%)Fiber: 4g (17%)Sugar: 9g (10%)Vitamin A: 227IU (5%)Vitamin C: 61mg (74%)Vitamin D: 0µgVitamin E: 0mg (2%)Vitamin K: 127µg (121%)Calcium: 68mg (7%)Iron: 1mg (4%)Manganese: 0mg (13%)Magnesium: 21mg (5%)Zinc: 0mg (2%)

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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