Czechoslovakian Braised Cabbage (Dusene Zeli)

Shredded cabbage

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 80 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
105 Calories
3g Fat
17g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 105
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 473mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Protein 4g
Calcium 105mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This Czechoslovakian braised cabbage recipe–dusene zeli–is easy to prepare, but it takes about 1 hour to braise properly. Still, the ingredients are few and simple and the dish makes a great accompaniment to many meat offerings. This recipe is a good candidate for a slow cooker.

For a shortcut, use pre-shredded cabbage.


  • 1 tablespoon bacon fat (or butter or olive oil)
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 4 slices bacon (chopped 1/4 inch)
  • 3 pounds cabbage (1 head, white or green, cored and shredded)
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds (or more to taste)
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (or more to taste)
  • Black pepper to taste (freshly ground)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat bacon fat and sauté onions 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly colored. Stir in bacon and cook about 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add cabbage and caraway seeds, mixing well.

  2. Cover and cook 5 minutes over medium heat. Add vinegar, water, salt, sugar, and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover tightly and cook 45 minutes to 1 hour over low heat, stirring occasionally, until cabbage is done to your liking. Add water if necessary.