Soused red cabbage

Soused red cabbage

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 5 mins plus 2 hrs standing


Serves 4

Pickle thinly sliced red cabbage with cider vinegar, bay leaves and rosemary for a tangy side dish - perfect with lamb or duck

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal100
  • fat1g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs20g
  • sugars18g
  • fibre5g
  • protein2g
  • salt1.3g
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  • 500g red cabbage (about ¼ of a large head), core removed, thinly sliced
    Red cabbage on a plate

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  • 4 tbsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 rosemary sprig



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 500ml cider vinegar
  • 400g golden caster sugar
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced


  1. Mix together the cabbage and salt in a large bowl. Put the peppercorns, bay and rosemary on a small piece of muslin cloth and tie into a small spice bag. Crush the bag to release the flavours, then add to the red cabbage. Set aside for 1 hr, giving it a stir after 30 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, make the sousing liquid: bring the vinegar, sugar, onion and 50ml water to the boil in a large pan. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

  3. Remove the spice bag from the cabbage and drop it into the cooling liquid. Rinse the cabbage well under running water to remove the salt, then squeeze to get rid of the excess water. Transfer the cabbage to a large sterilised Kilner jar (see tip). Pour over the cooled sousing liquid, seal and set aside to pickle for at least 1 hr. Can be made up to 1 week in advance.

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