VIDEO: How to make Danish Christmas red cabbage

Spending Christmas away from Denmark this year? Here's the second part of our Christmas dinner series, helping you to bring Danish Christmas with you.

VIDEO: How to make Danish Christmas red cabbage
Rødkål. Photo: Ester Rose Wadsworth

Earlier this week, we brought you our first video on how to make the famous Danish Christmas roast pork or flæskesteg.

The second element of the signature Danish Christmas dish is sautéed red cabbage. In Danish, rødkål.

This sautéed red cabbage is something I’ve learned to love and I definitely prefer the warm version, and that’s what I’ve filmed here. It’s is the side dish for pork roast or duck and can be eaten all year round, but you should definitely include it if you are going all out with a Danish Christmas menu.

It’s pretty simple to make, if you are lucky enough to find the right items in your area.

Here are the ingredients and the steps to making it. We had a pretty massive cabbage here so used half of it, and this was enough for about eight people.


Red cabbage/rødkål (this recipe is for half a large cabbage)
Butter 100g
Duck fat 100g
Vinegar ½ liter
Currant juice 2 dl
Danish Christmas curry bag (this is a little bag with four cloves, 1 star anise, 5-8 black pepper corns, 3-4 bay leaves, a stick of cinnamon)


  1. Peel off the outer layers of the cabbage
  2. Divide cabbage into 6-8 pieces to start with, then chop into very thin slices
  3. Melt the butter, and duck fat on low heat
  4. Add cabbage, and lightly fry on high heat, after the butter is melted. (The cabbage should become soft as the juices come out)
  5. Chop oranges into quarters
  6. Add oranges to the pot
  7. Add the bag of Christmas spices
  8. Add half a litre of vinegar
  9. Add salt, sugar and currant juice
  10. Let it simmer for about 30 minutes.

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‘Santa Claus can come to Denmark’: Health chief’s Christmas news for kids

The director of the Danish Health Authority (Sundhedsstyrelsen), Søren Brostrøm, has taken to Twitter to reassure the public that Covid-19 restrictions won’t prevent Father Christmas from delivering gifts to Denmark.

'Santa Claus can come to Denmark': Health chief’s Christmas news for kids
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Brostrøm, who has become a recognisable figure in the country due to his consistent presence at government Covid-19 briefings, responded on social media after he said he was asked how Danish coronavirus rules would affect Santa Claus.

“A member of the public has written and asked whether I can give Santa an exemption from quarantine rules so he is free to travel to Denmark,” Brostrøm wrote.

“We all know he is busy on Christmas Eve delivering all the presents to the children, so it’s no good if he has to self-isolate for several days,” the health authority director continued.

“As all children (and adults) know, Santa Claus lives in Greenland! And because Greenland is part of the (Danish) kingdom, there are neither entry restrictions nor isolation requirements when he arrives in Denmark,” Brostrøm wrote.

Santa’s chosen means of travel also enables him to avoid Danish requirements to wear a face mask when using public transportation, the health director noted.

“If Santa – as I expect – travels with his own reindeer and sleigh, I would say he is exempted from the face mask requirement which applies on the plane from Greenland,” he wrote.

Should Father Christmas need a negative coronavirus test to be able to get home after delivering his presents, the Danish Health Authority will “help (him) to book an appointment at a test centre,” he concluded.

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