Czech Republic Comfort Food: Fried Cabbage with Caraway Seeds and Noodles

by DerdriuMarriner

Fried Cabbage with Caraway Seeds and Noodles is a popular comfort food in the Czech Republic. The hearty dish promises ease of preparation followed by hearty satisfaction.

Quintessential comfort food in the Czech Republic is cabbage with noodles (nudle s zelí), a tantalizingly delicious, conveniently easy dish. Cabbage, shredded and sautéed, cooperates, with reciprocating flavors and textures, with noodles, especially rotini pasta.

A popular variety features caraway seeds, a prized ingredient in European cuisine.


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Fried cabbage and noodles with caraway seed
Fried cabbage and noodles with caraway seed


A native of Eurasia and North Africa, caraway (Carum carvi) is a biennial plant in the carrot-celery-parsley family (Apiaceae). Biennials, which require two years to complete their biological life cycle, may be vernalized, that is, fast forwarded, to their flowering stage by way of exposure to extreme cold. Tinkering by gardeners in accordance with local climatic conditions includes treating caraway:

  • as annuals when emphasizing their edible leaves and roots or
  • as biennials when featuring their flowers, fruits, and/or seeds.

The spice known as caraway seeds is, in fact, the plant's fruits. Caraway seeds are renowned for their pungent, anise-like aroma and flavor, which functions as a natural breath refresher.

Caraway has universal appeal in world cuisines as a versatile contributor to an imaginative array of dishes, including breads, casseroles, cheeses, desserts, liqueurs, and rice and vegetable medleys.

  • Caraway leaves, whether cooked or raw, enliven salads.
  • Caraway roots substitute intriguingly for carrots in single ingredient recipes or in medleys such as casseroles.
  • Favorite caraway recipes in my family entail sprinkling freshly ground caraway seeds in coffee, over ice cream, and in honeyed milk.

The partnership of cabbage and caraway is valued in Czech cuisine. The spice's treasured status is emphasized by its association with noodles, which are staples in Czech culinary history.


Czech Republic Comfort Food Recipe: Fried Cabbage with Caraway Seeds and Noodles (nudle s zelí)

Prep time 5 min  -  Total time 30 min
Ingredients for 4 servings
A basic recipe, open to endless variations and delivering hearty satisfaction.
Recipe  5.0/5 Stars (4 Votes)



8 ounces of butter (2 sticks)

1 large cabbage head (about 2 pounds), cored and shredded

1 large onion, chopped

1 teaspoon caraway seeds

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 pound egg noodles (or rotini pasta)

1 teaspoon sugar

juice of 1 lemon




1. Melt 2 sticks of butter in a large skillet over low heat.

  • When butter is half melted, add vegetables (shredded cabbage, chopped onions) and sprinkle with seasonings (black pepper, caraway seeds).

2. Sauté for 15 minutes on low-to-medium heat.

  • Halfway through sautéing, quickly bring water for pasta to a boil in a medium pan and add egg noodles (or rotini pasta).
  • Cook until al dente stage, about 6 minutes.

3. Drain noodles thoroughly and transfer to saucepan, gently stirring to blend with cabbage, onions, and seasonings.

  • Add sugar and lemon juice.
  • Allow mixture to simmer for a few minutes.


Remove from heat and serve hot.


Makes 4 servings.


The seasoning known as caraway seeds actually are the fruits of the caraway (Carum carvi) plant, native to western Asia, Europe, and North Africa.




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Updated: 10/24/2014, DerdriuMarriner
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DerdriuMarriner on 10/24/2014

VioletteRose, Caraway seeds contribute a refreshing burst of flavor and texture to this recipe. Me, too, I like the combination of cabbage + noodles: they go well together.

VioletteRose on 10/24/2014

I like the combination of cabbage and noodles, sounds delicious. The addition of caraway seeds would go great with it. Thanks for the recipe.

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