Quick Pickled Red Cabbage – Pickled Cabbage Recipe

Quick Pickled Red Cabbage with Caraway Seed

Quick Pickled Red Cabbage, is really purple (in colour) cabbage.

Quick Pickled Red Cabbage with Caraway Seed
Quick Pickled Red Cabbage

But Here’s Some Fun Facts About Red Cabbage

It might be purple, but it turns red in the pickling brine. As I explained in a previous post, purple cabbage is a PH indicator. It turns red in acidic conditions as with the vinegar in this recipe. And it stays purple in neutral, and green or yellow in alkaline. Which I think is amazingly cool. Cause I’m a nerd that way. So now I’m calling it Red Cabbage, (instead of Purple Cabbage). It’s the coolest thing, check it out here on ThoughtCo.

Quick Pickled Red Cabbage
Quick Pickled Red Cabbage

So Much Cabbage For Pickling

After making Purple Cabbage Soup last week, I still (still!) had a lot of cabbage to deal with. Another whole head, to be exact. This cabbage needed to make itself useful. We are big fans of Kim-chi, Sauerkraut, and pickled cabbage of any kind. So I decided to do a quick pickle with half of the remaining head. A couple of jars take up a lot less space in the fridge than a giant head of cabbage. Quick pickled red cabbage is very simple, and it’s a great addition to so many things. We love it for topping burgers, or tacos, and in wraps and sandwiches. and it’s a great side for anything spicy, and anything Asian.

Quick Pickled Red Cabbage
Quick Pickled Red Cabbage

Quick Pickling Cabbage

Quick pickles are so easy to do, and they’re perfect for small batches. It’s fun to play with this recipe to get different flavours. You can change the vinegar for rice vinegar and add some soy sauce, and ginger slices for a specifically Asian twist. And the caraway can be changed for black mustard, fennel, or sesame.

I still have half a head of cabbage, though. So I gotta get back to the back to the drawing board. Red cabbage is one of the healthiest veggies out there. It’s also really versatile. If like me, you have half a head to use still, try Fennel Cabbage SlawSlow Cooker Red Cabbage & Apples, or that Purple Soup that I mentioned earlier. 

Quick Pickled Red Cabbage
Quick Pickled Red Cabbage

How To Make Quick Pickled Red Cabbage

4.34 from 9 votes
Quick Pickled Red Cabbage with Caraway Seed
Quick Pickled Red Cabbage
Prep Time
1 hr 15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

Quick Pickled Red Cabbage is so easy and it makes a great condiment for topping burgers, sandwiches, and tacos.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Canning & Preserving, European
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 101 kcal
Author: Colleen
  • 1/2 large head purple or red cabbage shredded or thinly sliced
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp caraway seeds
  1. Put shredded cabbage into a large bowl.

  2. Put remaining ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Stir until sugar dissolves. Pour over cabbage, stir, and cover.
  4. Allow to stand for about an hour.
  5. Put into jars along with liquid, with lids, and refrigerate.
  6. Will keep in the fridge for about two weeks.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts are calculated on a side dish serving. As a condiment, the nutrition calculations would be different.

Nutrition Facts
Quick Pickled Red Cabbage
Amount Per Serving (1 servings)
Calories 101
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1185mg49%
Potassium 229mg7%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 780IU16%
Vitamin C 40.3mg49%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Red Cabbage quick pickled with Caraway Seed
Quick Pickled Red Cabbage
Quick Pickled Red Cabbage
Quick Pickled Red Cabbage


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14 thoughts on “Quick Pickled Red Cabbage – Pickled Cabbage Recipe

  1. Colleen, great recipe, thank you for sharing. It will go great with tacos (I make them often) and great with a lot of the vegetarian foods that we eat. Love the colour too and interesting to read the explanation of the colour changes.

  2. I think there is room in the fridge for one more condiment! If not I will make room for this. Thanks for sharing!

  3. The color is just awesome in this cabbage! I may use this in an upcoming recipe for which I need pickled cabbage!!

  4. Okay, this seems too easy! The cabbage is so beautiful, I need to make some to make some pretty summer sandwiches. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Hi Jackie, Thank you for contacting me about this. My nutrition calculator has a problem with things that are condiments. I have just changed the serving size to be 1 side serving of 6 servings. Although it was intended to be 2 tbsp, because that’s what you would normally put on a burger or taco, etc. I’m sorry if this caused any confusion, and I really appreciate your helpful feedback, thanks again!

  5. What a fantastic condiment to have on hand for summer! I can see it topping so many different dishes, especially the burgers and tacos you mention. Thanks for the handy recipe.

  6. Would it be just as good if you replaced the sugar with another kind of sweetener? My husband is diabetic. If not Splenda, maybe honey or minced dates?

    1. Hi Mary Kay, I personally haven’t tried to make these without sugar. Because this is kept in the fridge, it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try though. I would love to hear how it turns out!

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