This colorful, sticky spiced red cabbage is the perfect side dish to brighten up any festive main dish. Its vibrant hues and bold flavors make it a feast for the eyes and the palate. Cooked slowly and perfectly, the cabbage becomes tender while still retaining its delicious crunch. The sticky glaze gives it a wonderful balance of sweetness and spiciness, creating a deliciously harmonious blend of flavors. Even if there are still leftovers, don’t worry! Simply mix them with a drizzle of olive oil and serve alongside cold cuts, pate or cheese as a delicious addition.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium red cabbage, quartered, seeded and chopped
- 1 finger-sized piece of fresh ginger root, finely chopped
- 2 onions, sliced
- 1 tsp ground allspice
- 1 tbsp mustard seeds
- 100g golden powdered sugar
- 150 ml red wine vinegar
This recipe can be made up to two days in advance
and reheated with a splash of water, or you can
Make it up to a month in advance and freeze.Crispy fried Christmas cabbage
Heat the oil in a large wok, then briefly fry the ginger
and dry spices. Add the shredded cabbage
2 tbsp red wine vinegar and 1 tbsp honey. Roast for
a few minutes until the cabbage just begins to wilt.
- Heat oil in a large pot.
- Add cabbage, ginger, onion, allspice and mustard seeds.
- Cook for 5 minutes until just beginning to wilt.
- Sprinkle the sugar on top and add the vinegar.
- Cover the pan and cook gently for 10 minutes.
- Remove the lid and turn the heat to medium.
- Simmer the liquid in the cabbage for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Stir constantly for the last few minutes until all the liquid has evaporated and becomes sticky on the bottom of the pan.
- Place the cabbage in a large bowl and serve.
Equipment and tools
To prepare this recipe you will need the following equipment:
- Big wok
- cutting board
- measuring spoon
- Spatula or wooden spoon
This recipe contains the following allergens:
- Mustard seeds
Storage and leftovers
Store and reheat leftover Sticky Spiced Red Cabbage:
- This recipe can be made up to two days in advance and reheated with a splash of water.
- You can also make it up to a month in advance and freeze it for later use.
Health Benefits of Sticky Spiced Red Cabbage
Sticky-spiced red cabbage is not only a delicious addition to your meal, but it also offers a number of health benefits. Packed with nutrients, this dish can support your overall well-being. Let’s explore the health benefits you can reap by including sticky seasoned red cabbage in your diet.
Rich in antioxidants
Red cabbage, the main ingredient in this recipe, is known for its vibrant color, which indicates a high concentration of antioxidants. These antioxidants, like anthocyanins, can help protect your body from damage caused by harmful free radicals. By eating sticky seasoned red cabbage, you can give your body a defense mechanism against oxidative stress and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
The combination of ginger and allspice in this recipe adds more than just flavor to your dish. Ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce inflammation in the body and relieve symptoms of conditions such as arthritis. Allspice, on the other hand, contains compounds that have both anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects. Together, these ingredients contribute to the potential anti-inflammatory benefits of eating sticky, seasoned red cabbage.
Supports digestive health
Sticky seasoned red cabbage contains fiber, both from the cabbage itself and from the onions used in the dish. Fiber is essential for maintaining a healthy digestive system. It supports proper digestion and prevents constipation by promoting regular bowel movements. Incorporating sticky spiced red cabbage into your meals can support a healthy and efficient digestive process.
The diverse nutrients contained in red cabbage, such as vitamin C and antioxidants, can help strengthen your immune system. Vitamin C plays a crucial role in immune function by supporting the production of white blood cells and improving their ability to fight off infections. Eating sticky seasoned red cabbage can help boost your immune system and protect your body from common illnesses.
Regulates blood sugar levels
Using golden powdered sugar in this recipe could raise concerns about its effects on blood sugar levels. However, the fiber content in red cabbage may help regulate blood sugar levels by slowing the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. This makes sticky spiced red cabbage a suitable choice for individuals who need to control their blood sugar levels.