Spiced Cabbage with Blueberries (Kryddað Rauðkál með Bláberjum)

  • Serves

    serves 6-8


Cookbook author Nanna Rögnvaldardóttir braises ruby red cabbage with warm spices, fruit, and jam for this festive, sweet-tart side dish that rounds out an Icelandic Christmas menu. This recipe first appeared in our December 2014 issue with the story Northern Lights.


  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 12 cup red currant jam
  • 14 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 large head red cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 tart green apple, such as Granny Smith, cored, peeled, and roughly chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Step 1

Melt butter in an 8-qt. saucepan over medium-high. Cook onion until soft, 5–7 minutes. Add blueberries, jam, vinegar, cinnamon, ginger, cabbage, apple, salt, pepper, and ¼ cup water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook, covered, until cabbage is tender, about 1 hour.

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