EASY Pickled Cabbage Recipe (2024)

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You’ll want to keep a jar of this Pickled Cabbage in your fridge at all times. Not only is it fast and easy, but you can use it on anything! Pile it onto tacos, burgers, pork sandwiches, and so much more.

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🥬 Red vs. purple cabbage

🛒 Ingredients needed

📋 How to make pickled cabbage

👩‍🍳 Customize the brine

ℹ️ FAQs

🥄 Ways to use pickled cabbage

→ More red cabbage recipes






Is raw cabbage not your thing? Try pickling it! Pickled Cabbage is extra flavorful, never bitter, and so versatile. Use it on anything, from fish tacos to grain bowls!

Pickling vegetables is almost always an effortless process. You’ll always find a batch of Quick Pickled Cucumbers and Pickled Red Onions in my fridge because they take no time to put together and are good on everything. Beyond the main vegetable, you only need a few ingredients to make them!

This quick pickled cabbage recipe is no different.

The foolproof step-by-step instructions will show you how to make a batch of this pickled purple beauty in just over 1 hour. Simply pour the warm brine over shredded cabbage in a jar and you have a condiment that tastes sweet, zesty, and tangy.

Best of all, you can use pickled cabbage as a zingy pop of flavor and color on all kinds of meals. Try it on hamburgers, hot dogs, Korean tacos, buddha bowls, and so much more. You’ll have more luck figuring out what NOT to put it on, truthfully.

Plus, you can use any cabbage you’d like.

This recipe works for all cabbage varieties, so feel free to use a different type, like green, savoy, or napa cabbage.

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🥬 Red vs. purple cabbage

Did you know that there are over 400 types of cabbage? They range from round to elongated in shape with flat or curly leaves. This pickled cabbage recipe showcases one of the more popular varieties: red cabbage, AKA purple cabbage.

Both red and purple cabbage are the same. The only slight difference is that the pigment changes based on the pH value of the soil they’re grown in. That’s about it.

🛒 Ingredients needed

  • Red cabbage – AKA purple cabbage. It needs to be shredded before being placed in the pickling jars. This is easy to do with a knife or a mandolin.
  • Apple cider vinegar – The acidity in vinegar helps preserve the cabbage. Feel free to use white, rice, red wine, or white wine vinegar to play with the flavors in the brine.
  • Water
  • Sugar – A superfine granulated white sugar is best, but you can use regular white sugar, brown sugar, or cane sugar.
  • Garlic – Grate or mince fresh garlic to evenly infuse the cabbage with a savory bite.
  • Kosher salt
  • Red pepper flakes – They give the picking brine a kick, but feel free to omit them if you’re not into spice.
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📋 How to make pickled cabbage

Start by making the pickling brine by whisking half of the water, salt, and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat it over medium heat until the sugar and salt dissolve. Take it off the heat.

Mix the vinegar and the rest of the water in with the warm brine. Finish with the garlic and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.

Now you can stuff the shredded cabbage into a clean mason jar (or several jars). Pour the brine over top, completely submerging the cabbage. Let the brine cool completely before sealing with a lid and storing it in the fridge.

Leave the cabbage to pickle in the fridge for at least 1 hour before using. Enjoy!

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👩‍🍳 Customize the brine

Anything in the brine can be changed or played with (except the water) in order to customize the flavor. The base, vinegar, is a necessary component. Apple cider vinegar will give the cabbage tart and fruity undertones. For a softer flavor, feel free to use white, rice, or red wine vinegar.

From there, add as many other flavor-boosters as you like:

  • Bay leaf
  • Caraway seeds
  • Chile peppers
  • Chives
  • Coriander seeds
  • Curry leaves
  • Dill
  • Lime or lemon juice
  • Mustard seeds
  • Oregano
  • Peppercorns
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Turmeric
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ℹ️ FAQs

How long does quick pickled cabbage last in the fridge?

Pickled red cabbage will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Keep it in a sealed jar to retain its freshness and flavor.

What else can I pickle using this recipe?

Almost anything! Asparagus, banana peppers, cucumbers, carrots, cauliflower, red onion, and radishes are some of the many vegetables you can quickly pickle and store in the fridge.

Can I make pickling brine without sugar?

Technically, yes, but the purpose of sugar in the pickling solution is to balance the pungency of the vinegar. Therefore, if you omit the sugar, be prepared for a much more sour and tart taste.

🥄 Ways to use pickled cabbage

Pickled cabbage is delightful with any food that could use a salty-briny bite. It goes great on:

  • All types of tacos! Pile it on cauliflower, sweet potato, Korean, or mojo pork tacos
  • Pulled pork sandwiches, Cubanos, and most other pork sandwiches
  • Burgers and hot dogs
  • Charcuterie boards
  • A baked potato bar
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Grain bowls, like chicken gyro bowls, lamb orzo bowls, Buddha bowls, etc.
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PS – Have leftover red cabbage? Try making this Red Cabbage Soup!

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Pickled Cabbage (Quick & Easy)

You’ll want to keep a jar of this Pickled Red Cabbage in your fridge at all times. Not only is it fast and easy, but you can use it on anything! Pile it onto tacos, burgers, pork sandwiches, and so much more.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes minutes

Resting time: 1 hour hour

Total Time: 1 hour hour 20 minutes minutes

Servings: 6 people

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  • Make the pickling solution, in a small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup water with the salt and sugar. Stir and heat until the sugar and salt are dissolved in the water.

  • Remove from heat and add the vinegar, remaining 1/2 cup water, garlic and red pepper flakes, if desired.

  • Add the shredded cabbage to a mason jar, then pour over the pickling solution. Seal and store in the fridge for at least 1 hour.


Pickled cabbage will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Keep it in a sealed jar to retain its freshness and flavor.

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Calories: 31kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 791mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 497IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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