Want a quick pickle to add to sandwiches or tacos? Try this easy & quick pickled cabbage recipe, it's delicious & simple to make.
This small batch recipe for quick pickled cabbage is super easy to make and perks up so many dishes, including tacos and sandwiches.
Whip up a batch today, to add to your meals and snacks this week.
- 💭 Is pickled cabbage the same as sauerkraut?
- 🥘 What you need to make quick pickled red cabbage
- 🍶 Which type of vinegar?
- 🥕 Variations to this small batch pickle
- 🥬 Can you use different types of cabbage?
- 🌶 Make it spicy!
- 🥒 Other vegetables you can pickle
- 🥃 Top tip for sterilising jam jars
- ⭐ Why is this red cabbage pickle recipe so good?
- 🍔 How to serve easy pickled cabbage
- 💭 How long does pickled cabbage last?
- 👩🏻🍳 More vegan recipes with cabbage
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- 👩🏻🍳 How to make quick pickled cabbage
- 📖 Recipe
💭 Is pickled cabbage the same as sauerkraut?
Cabbage pickle is very similar to sauerkraut, but it's not the same.
Fast pickled cabbage has a sour flavour from the vinegar.
It is basically a quick marinated red cabbage.
Whereas sauerkraut gets that sour flavour from the fermenting process.
Sauerkraut also takes a lot longer to mature and to be ready to serve.
🥘 What you need to make quick pickled red cabbage
Here are the simple ingredients you need to make this pickled slaw.
- Chilli Flakes
- Salt & Pepper
- Maple Syrup
See the printable recipe card below for full ingredients, method and nutritional information.
🍶 Which type of vinegar?
I use red wine vinegar when I make this pickled purple cabbage, but you can use other types of vinegar.
Here are a few ideas.
- Distilled white vinegar
- White wine vinegar
- Red wine vinegar
- Apple cider vinegar
Concentrated vinegar like balsamic doesn't work well when making pickles, although you can add a little to boost the flavour.
🥕 Variations to this small batch pickle
Here are a few tweaks you can make to this quick pickle.
- Carrots - add some grated carrot to the mixture
- Garlic - garlic can also be added to boost the flavour
- Herbs & spices - you could also add juniper berries, mustard seeds or bay leaves to add flavour
- Red onion - use half the quantity of cabbage and add finely sliced red onion
- Sugar - you can add sugar instead of maple syrup
🥬 Can you use different types of cabbage?
Yes, you can definitely use different types of cabbage when making pickled cabbage.
I like red cabbage for the good crunch and the colour, but you can use whatever you have.
It's the perfect recipe when you want to use up leftover (uncooked) cabbage.
Here are a few types you can try.
- Red cabbage
- White cabbage
- Savoy cabbage
- Napa cabbage
If you use green cabbage, you're best to use clear vinegar, it looks better.
🌶 Make it spicy!
Love a bit of heat in your condiments?
If you do, then you can go crazy and add some finely sliced fresh chillies, as hot as you would like to go.
If you're a chilli-head, then you may like to try this easy red chilli garlic chutney.
Me, I'm a wuss, so some chilli flakes were enough for me. Just a bit of warmth.
🥒 Other vegetables you can pickle
You can pickle all sorts of vegetables. Have you tried my quick pickled red onions? They are so good!
Here are a few vegetables that work particularly well as a pickle.
🥃 Top tip for sterilising jam jars
Use the traditional method when sterilising jam jars if you like, but I prefer to use an easier and more modern method.
I pop my jam jars and lids in the dishwasher and run them through a hot wash, then jar up my pickle, chutneys or jams while they are still hot.
It means you have to time it right, but it's such an easy method.
Just remember not to touch the inside of the lid or jar when removing them from the dishwasher or you could be introducing bacteria.
If you don't have a dishwasher, check out this sterilising jam jar guide by Choclette over at Tin & Thyme.
⭐ Why is this red cabbage pickle recipe so good?
You are going to love this quick pickled cabbage slaw and here's why.
- It's quick - takes minutes to make
- Easy to make - a good recipes for beginners in the kitchen
- Small batch - fills one jam jar
- Colourful - such a pop of gorgeous pink
- Crunchy - adds crunch and flavour to dishes
- Versatile - add it to lots of different dishes (see below for ideas)
- Can be tweaked - change up the vegetables, type of vinegar and spices
- Tastes great - so tasty
- Cheap - great for using cheap vegetables or leftovers
- Low calorie - just an added bonus (only 29 calories per portion)
🍔 How to serve easy pickled cabbage
Here are a few ideas of how to serve this quick pickled cabbage recipe.
- Tacos - top tacos with this colourful cabbage slaw
- Sandwiches - add to sandwiches for a punch of flavour and crunch
- Salads - perk up salads with this quick pickle
- Burgers - top burgers with salad and pickled cabbage
- Hot Dogs - great piled on hot dogs too
- Bruschetta - not traditional, but a tasty topping
🥪 Add it to these sandwiches
This pickled cabbage is particularly good in these sandwiches.
- Cuban Sandwich with Mushrooms
- Falafel Beet Bagel Sandwich
- Lebanese Falafel Wrap with Tahini Dressing
- New York Deli Sandwich
- Reuben Sandwich with Russian Dressing
💭 How long does pickled cabbage last?
As this cabbage pickle isn't cooked in the vinegar like a chutney would be, it doesn't last as long.
Once made, it should be stored in the fridge and can be kept for 1-2 weeks once opened.
I find, it rarely lasts that long.
👩🏻🍳 More vegan recipes with cabbage
Here are a few more tasty recipes made with cabbage for you to try next.
- Carrot & Dill Coleslaw
- Coronation Coleslaw
- Grated Carrot & Red Lentil Soup with Cabbage
- Scottish Rumbledethumps
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👩🏻🍳 How to make quick pickled cabbage
Step-by-step photos. Keep scrolling for the full printable recipe (with full ingredient list, calories and nutritional info).
- Sterilize your clean jam jar.
- Finely shred the cabbage and add to the jar.
- Add your vinegar, maple syrup and water to a jug, then add the chilli flakes and seasoning to flavour.
- Heat your vinegar mixture in the microwave or in a pot on the cooker top for a couple of minutes until hot.
- Pour into your jam jar over the cabbage. It should fill to the rim.
- Add the lid and set aside to cool.
- Once cool, pop it in the fridge.
Easy Quick Pickled Cabbage for Tacos or Sandwiches
- 1 sterilised jam jar Run the jam jar through a hot cycle of the dishwasher and fill while hot, being careful not to touch the inside of the jr or lid. Alternatively use the traditional oven method of sterilising.
- ¼ red cabbage (finely sliced)
- ½ cup red wine vinegar
- ¼ cup water
- 1 ½ tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon chilli flakes (more if you like)
- 1 pinch salt & pepper
- Add the vinegar, water, maple syrup, chilli flakes and seasoning to a jug and heat in the microwave or in a pot, until hot.
- Add the cabbage to the sterilised and still hot jam jar until well packed, then pour over the hot vinegar mixture, it should reach the rim.
- Add the lid and set aside to cool.
- Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- Add to salads, baked potatoes, sandwiches, tacos, hot dogs etc.
- You can use white distilled vinegar, white or red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
- Add more chilli flakes or some finely sliced chilli if you like more heat.
- When sterilising the jam jar, be careful not to touch the inside of the jar or lid.] or you could add bacteria.
- Once cooled, this can be kept in the fridge and used for 1-2 weeks.