How To Cut Cabbage

You’re going to learn how to cut cabbage for your next coleslaw or for your next dish. This is the most common way to cut it for stir fry, slaw, and soup.

The main goal when cutting up cabbage is to be safe while using a knife seeing that it is round. We want to make sure that we get the core out of the cabbage so you don’t end up eating this hard stem.

There are so many health benefits from cabbage. There are different benefits of red cabbage and green cabbage. I think the red cabbage brings great color to any dish.

There are so many great ways to use cabbage. You can eat it raw, you can saute it in a pan and it is really popular to ferment.

cabbage cut on a cutting board

Video – How to cut cabbage


  • 1 Cabbage


  • Cutting Board
  • Chef Knife
  • Salad Spinner
cabbage being cut

How to cut cabbage

Learn how to properly cut or shred cabbages depending on what you intend to do with it. Whether it be slicing it for salad, stir-fry or slaws.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to cut cabbage, how to shred cabbage, how to slice cabbage, how to wash cabbage
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 57kcal
Author: Bob


  • 1 cabbage
  • 1 pinch salt optional


  • Peel off the outer layers that might look wilted or damaged.
  • Carefully slice the whole cabbage in half through the top and down through the center of the core or stem.
  • Slice each half in half again the long way making quarters of the cabbage
  • Remove the core out of the center by cutting at an angle creating a wedge.
  • Laying each quarter in front of you cut across the grain shredding the cabbage as thick or as thin as you would like.
  • Add your shredded or sliced cabbage to a bowl of water and mix it around washing off all of the dirt and bugs that but have been between the layers.
  • Now go ahead and strain it from the water and add it to whatever dish you plan on using it for.


Serving: 4g | Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 386mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 222IU | Vitamin C: 83mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 1mg

5 Steps for cutting cabbage

Let’s go over the simple steps for cutting cabbage. You can also watch the video to see this in action or you can follow the steps with images below.

Remove outer layer

removing the outer layer of a cabbage

You want to remove the outer layers off of the cabbage. Typically the outer layer has damage or is not of the best quality.

This outer layer can also be very tough. Think of it as the last protecting layer of your cabbage hiding all the goodness inside.

Cut down the middle into halves

cutting a cabbage in half with a knife

You want to get a good grip on the cabbage and cut it in half the long way so that you cut through the stem. Cutting it this way will leave both sides intact.

If the stem is square you can rest it on that end and cut it straight down. The stem will hopefully give it some stability from rolling around so you do not cut yourself.

I can not stress this enough that you could get hurt during this step. Make sure your knife is sharp, the cabbage is stable and take your time.

Cut the halves into quarters

cutting cabbage in quarters

Now that you have two pieces I like to cut them again so that you have 4 wedges.

You can rest the cabbage on one side and cut at an angle. Putting it on the flat side will give you a lot of stability and make it safer.

Remove the cores

cutting the core out of the cabbage

As you can see you have the tough part that is the stem. It is known as the core. Now that we have 4 pieces it should be relatively small.

Rest the piece on its side and cut it off. You should end up with a wedge piece of the core that you can discard.

If you are going to boil then these should be a perfect size. You could cut them in half if needed. The more you cut them the more they will also fall apart.


shredding with a knife

Take one of the quarters and put it on its side. Get a firm grip and start to slice through against the grain of the vegetable. I like to slice it as thin as possible for slaw or for a salad.

This should give you pretty consistent shreds of cabbage.


washed cabbage in salad spinner

Now that it is all shredded, you can add it to a big bowl of water and wash it. If you have a salad spinner that will also work really well.

Rinse and repeat until the water is clear and the cabbage is washed.

Types of Cabbage

Here are the most common cabbages that you will see at your local grocery store or farmer’s market. They are the most readily available and the most common for cooking and for salads.

Green Cabbage

Green cabbage by far is the most popular for cooking. If you are cooking a boiled dinner or if you are adding it to a stir-fry it is a great addition to a dish.

Red cabbage

This is the star of the show for the cabbage family when you want a pop of color It is not really red but more of a purple color. The most popular way to prepare the red cabbage is by braising it. It is also a great way to add some color to your coleslaw and salads.

Napa cabbage

This Chinese cabbage is a little sweeter than the other cabbages. It is a great choice for salads, in slaws, and if you want a milder flavor for stir fry.


How to cut cabbage for stir fry?

The instruction in this post is the best way for a stir-fry.

One of the keys is to make sure that you slice it thin. You do not want the shreds to be too big in your stir fry and you also what to make sure the pieces are the same size to prevent them from cooking unevenly.

The only difference is that depending on the size of the cabbage you might want to cut more wedges to prevent the shreds from being too big.

How to cut cabbage for boiling?

When you cut cabbage for boiling you want to cut it into wedges so that they will fit in your pan.

You will remove the outer leaves, core, and then cut it into the 4 wedges or 8 if that what it takes to fit into your pan.

You want to follow all the steps above except for the shredding.

How do you wash cabbage?

This can be tricky seeing that cabbage grows in layers. As it grows it can get dirt and bugs in between all the layers.

I think the best way is to shred it and then wash it. This will expose all the layers so that you can remove any unwanted dirt and bugs inside.

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