Polish Style Young Cabbage with Tomatoes & Dill

As a child I did not like bigos (hunter’s stew with sour cabbage) but young cabbage with tomatoes used to be one of my favourite comfort dishes. Best served hot with fresh sourdough bread on a side topped with generous amount of real butter.


  • 1 onion (chopped finely)
  • 30 g unsalted butter
  • young white cabbage head – about 900 g (chopped)
  • 400 g tin of plum or chopped tomatoes or about 8 fresh ones
  • 1½ cup of hot water
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen chopped dill
  • golden caster sugar to taste (I added about ½ tbs)
  • sea salt to taste
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  1. On the bottom of large pot fry onion on half of the butter until golden.
  2. Reduce fire, add tomatoes, cabbage, half of the dill, water and cook covered until cabbage is very soft, melting in your mouth.
  3. Stir in the rest of butter and dill, season to taste with sugar, salt and black pepper.
  4. Serve as a side dish or on it’s own.

Makes 6 servings (as a side dish).


Young cabbage taste best with boiled baby potatoes or fresh sourdough bread.

Sometimes I like to make my young cabbage in a wok and once all the liquid is all gone I stir fry it for a bit… it adds a lot of flavour to the cabbage.


If you are looking for more traditional Polish dishes, take a look at: Zapiekanka – Polish Street Food or Śledzik – Traditional Polish Salted Herring.

Alternatively take a look other Polish recipes here.

I’m submitting this to July Inheritance Recipes link-up hosted by myself and Solange of Pebble Soup.

inherited traditional family recipes link-up

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Your thoughts…

  1. Thanks for this recipe. Just planning Polish-English wedding and educating English caterers about Polish food.


  2. Thanks Mon, I’m glad that you have found this recipe helpful.

  3. The simple thought of sour cabbage soup doesn’t sound appealing but somehow you make it sound very nice. Thank you for adding your recipe to the Inheritance Recipes linky

  4. Thanks Solange, it is actually more cabbage side dish than soup but it all depends on a cook. Some people like to make it with lots of sauce, some not. I personally like to cook the cabbage until all liquid is gone and stir fry it for a while…

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