Norwegian Saurkraut Recipe - Surkål

From Dukan Diet Recipes | Side Dishes | Scandinavian

Norwegian sauerkraut has it's own charm. Try this tasty side dish high in vitamin C. Goes well with salmon or other tasty fish.

Low cal Calories 20kcal
fat Free Total Fat 0g
sat-fat Free Saturated Fat 0g
chol Free Cholesterol 0mg
High sodium Sodium 1409mg
Low carbs Total Carbohydrate 4g
Serving size 77g Calories from fat 0kcal Fiber 2g Protein 1g Sugar 2g


  • 1 small head cabbage
  • 2 Tablespoons sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon yoghurt whey
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole mustard seeds ( or more to taste )
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander seeds ( or more to taste )
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds ( or more to taste )


  1. Clean all surfaces, and boil the jars and lids you will store the surkål in.
  2. Chop cabbage into pieces mine were approximately 2cm x 1 cm. Some people prefer 1/2 cm or thinner strips. So feel free to make the shape you want.
  3. Sprinkle the salt and whey over cabbage.
  4. Bruise the cabbage. I did mine in batches with a mortar and pestle. Some people say they squeeze them with their hands from the start.
  5. Squeeze the cabbage until the juice comes out and you have enough juice to cover the cabbage.
  6. Add in the spice seeds.
  7. Place in a straight sided glass or ceramic jar. Press each layer down firmly to remove as much oxygen as possible. Stop when you are 2 cm from the top of the jar.
  8. Ensure the cabbage is covered with liquid, then cover the jar with the lid (or a coffee filter) for 1 - 3 days depending on the room temperature.
  9. Seal the jars and leave for at least 3 weeks, or until the cabbage has turned a translucent light brown colour.


  • Recipe makes two 500 ml jars of surkål, depending on the size of the cabbage.
  • Do not use normal table salt, only sea salt.
  • Surkål is a natural way to preserve cabbage and can be stored for a long time. Refrigerate after opening.
  • Serve warm or cold with a protein source.
  • Do not use metal or plastic containers or implements.
  • Do not over fill the jars or they can apparently explode sometimes.