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How To Cut Cabbage

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Learn how to cut cabbage for coleslaw, stir-fries, soups, and more! This step-by-step guide will show you how to wedge, shred, and slice into squares.

Have you ever thought about how to cut cabbage? you are in the right place! Today I will show you an easy way to cut cabbage for salads, coleslaw, soups and more.

This post is part of my mission to get everyone to eat cabbage more often. , I admit it can be intimidating from the outside. Where do you start with vegetables that look like miniature spheres?

I hope the step-by-step instructions and tips below will make preparing cabbage easier. Find recipes for

Red cabbage next to three green cabbage wedges

type of cabbage

If you go to the produce section of a grocery store, you may see one or more of the following types of cabbage.

  • cabbage (pictured above) – Crisp pale leaves are densely packed into a heavy rounded head. Raw green cabbage is great for classic coleslaw, but it also cooks well in soups and sautés.
  • red cabbage (Pictured above) – From the outside it looks like green cabbage, but it is… red.
  • Chinese cabbage – Chinese cabbage of this variety has a long oval shape. Its leaves have crisp white stems and softly frilly pale green margins. I love Chinese cabbage raw or cooked in dishes such as stir-fries and sautés.
  • savoy cabbage – Savoy cabbage and green cabbage have a lot in common. both are round. both are green. However, Savoy cabbage leaves are much looser packed and have a softer, rougher texture.While this cabbage variety originates from the French he Alps, its soft texture has made it popular with many Makes a great sub for Chinese cabbage in recipes.

These types of cabbage all look different, but you can learn how to cut them using the guide below!

A wedge of green cabbage on a cutting board next to a pile of chopped cabbage

How to cut cabbage into wedges

Cutting the cabbage into wedges can be the final goal, or it can be the first step to cutting it into other shapes, such as julienne or squares. Break down large, unwieldy cabbage heads into more manageable pieces.

  1. Start by removing any outer leaves that are tough, wilted, or discolored. Rinse the cabbage and pat dry with a paper towel or kitchen towel.
  2. Then find the stem or core. It will be the bottom of the cabbage where the leaves will come together.
  3. Using a sharp knife, cut the cabbage in half lengthwise through the core.
  4. Cut the halves in half and again along the core to form 4 wedges.

Are Wedges Your Stopping Point? Continue slicing the cabbage through the core until the wedges are the desired thickness. I think 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick is the perfect size for baking or roasting.

Wondering how to cut cabbage into thin slices and squares? Keep reading!

How to cut cabbage - shredded cabbage on a cutting board with a mandolin

How to cut shredded cabbage

First things first: see the section above to learn How to cut cabbage into wedges.

  1. After making four wedges, place one wedge cut side down on a cutting board.
  2. Make a diagonal cut along the core and pull it out of the wedge.
  3. Then, using a sharp chef’s knife, thinly slice the cabbage wedges crosswise, starting at the pointy end and working your way down toward where you cut the core.
  4. Repeat with remaining wedges.

that’s it! Shredded cabbage is great for coleslaw and tacos.

  • Variation 1: For longer shreds, Cut the cabbage vertically, not horizontally. Slice thinly along he one of the cut edges of each wedge.
  • Variation 2: For very finely shredded cabbage, use mandoline slicerHold the core of the cabbage wedge and hold the tip over the mandolin blade to slice. Always use safety guards.
  • Variation 3: For shredded cabbage, Cut each wedge lengthwise into uniform 1-inch slices, as used in cabbage soup. Then cut the 1-inch slices crosswise to form a grid. The leaves are divided into squares.

How to Cut Cabbage - Partially shredded green cabbage on a cutting board with a knife

Favorite cabbage recipe

So you learned how to cut cabbage. how are you going to cook it? If you need inspiration, try making one of the following recipes.

Marble Simple Feel Good Food Cookbook

You can find more delicious cabbage recipes in my new cookbook. Love & Lemons Simple Feel Good Food.

In fact, it comes with a meal for 3 days using a whole cabbage! Plan’s recipes—Seared Cabbage, Roasted Pita Nachos (pictured below), and Chickpea Tacos with Pickled Cabbage (pictured below)—are some of my favorites in the book. to get a free bonus e-book!

Pitanachos and Chickpea Tacos with Pickled Cabbage

how to cut cabbage

Preparation time: Ten minutes

total time: Ten minutes

serve 8

Learn how to cut cabbage for coleslaw, soup, and more! All you need is a sharp knife and a cutting board.

  • Remove outer cabbage leaves if they are stiff, discolored, or wilted. Rinse the cabbage and pat dry. Place it on a cutting board.

  • Find the stem or core at the bottom of the cabbage where the leaves meet.Using a sharp chef’s knife, slice the cabbage in half lengthwise through the core. Cut each half in half vertically through the core to form 4 wedges.

  • To cut thin wedges for roasting or bakingcontinue cutting cabbage wedges vertically along the core until you have the desired thickness.

  • To cut cabbage shreds for coleslaw or sauté: Place one cabbage wedge on your cutting board. Make a diagonal cut along the core and pull it out of the wedge. Slice the cabbage diagonally from the pointy end to the core. Repeat with remaining wedges.

  • Shredded cabbage for stir-fries and soups, Cut each wedge into 1-inch slices lengthwise and 1-inch slices across to form a grid. The leaves are divided into squares.

  • Find recipe suggestions in the post above, or check out these 17 Best Cabbage Recipes.

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