Learn How to Shred Cabbage by cutting into wedges and then thinly slicing with a knife.  In less than 5 minutes you will have perfectly shredded red or green cabbage to add a low-carb and healthy crunch to your favorite taco, stir-fry, or coleslaw recipes! 

Thinly sliced red cabbage on a white cutting board with a wedge and a knife in the background.

Shredded Cabbage

Knowing how to cut and shred cabbage is an easy technique that every home chef should know how to do.

From adding it into your favorite Egg Roll in a Bowl stir-fry, mixing it into a Southern Coleslaw recipe, or topping off some Blackened Fish Tacos

There are SO many ways you can use this healthy and low-carb vegetable in your daily cooking.

And all you will need is a knife, a cutting board, and a head of red or green cabbage!

A wooden cutting board with a knife, cabbage wedge, and shredded slices.

Selecting the Best

When purchasing red or green cabbage at your grocery store you will want to make sure the head is firm and tight with very few loose and brown leaves.

The firmness of the cabbage will determine how fresh it is.  If it is softening, the vegetable is starting to spoil.

The brown or discolored spots are also an indication that the cabbage is decaying.

Also, the cabbage should be pretty dense and heavy for its size.

Step-by-step photos demonstrating how to cut and shred cabbage quickly and easily.

How to Shred Cabbage

Since their anatomy is pretty similar, we will be learning how to cut and shred both red and green cabbage.

Here are the step-by-step instructions you can follow to shred cabbage quickly and easily:

  1. Remove any damaged or dark leaves from the head of cabbage.
  2. Place cabbage stem-side down on a cutting board and cut in half lengthwise.
  3. Put each half of the cabbage flat side down and cut in half again, going through the stem.
  4. Locate the stem in the center of each quarter and cut at an angle to remove it.  Repeat with the remaining quarters.
  5. Place cabbage quarters flat-side down on the cutting board and cut into thin slices.
  6. Cut perpendicular to the slices to make smaller 1-2 inch pieces.

One head of cabbage yields approximately 8 to 8 ½ cup of shredded cabbage.

Shredded red and green cabbage showing the different types of cabbage you can select at the store.

Types of Cabbage

While red and green are the most common types of cabbage in the United States, there are over 400 different varieties.

  • Cannonball (Green) – By far the most popular type of cabbage and has a slightly peppery taste when served raw and develops a sweeter flavor when cooked.
  • Red – This variety is very similar to green cabbage and can be used interchangeably in most recipes.
  • Savoy – A prettier type with a curly leaf, this cabbage is a little more tender with looser leaves than the above 2 varieties.
  • Napa – Or sometimes referred to as Chinese cabbage, is often used in stir-frys or as the main ingredient in kimchi.
  • Brussels Sprouts – Yes!  These are actually tiny heads of cabbage.
  • Learn about other types of cabbage.

A pile of cut and shredded cabbage on a cutting board to be used in a coleslaw recipe.

Storing

It is best to store a head of cabbage wrapped in a lightly damp paper towel in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.

A full head will last for about 1 week on the countertop and 2 weeks in the refrigerator before the leaves being to soften and turn brown.

Freezing

You can freeze either shredded cabbage or cabbage wedges.

Place shredded cabbage in a large Ziploc bag, remove any excess air, and freeze fresh cabbage for up to 4-6 weeks.

To freeze cabbage wedges you will first want to blanch them in boiling water for 90 seconds and immerse them in an ice-water bath.  Blanched cabbage will freeze well for up to 4-6 months.

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How to Cook Cabbage

One of the best things about this leafy green powerhouse is that it can be enjoyed fresh or cooked.

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How to Cut & Shred Cabbage

Learning how to cut and shred cabbage is an incredibly easy skill that any home cook can master in 5 minutes or less! By washing, prepping, and slicing cabbage yourself, you can add a cheap and healthy crunch to your favorite recipes.
Shredded red cabbage on a cutting board.
Yield 8 servings
Prep 5 minutes
Total 5 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 head of cabbage red or green

Instructions 

  • Remove any damaged or dark leaves from the head of cabbage.
    Removing the loose and brown leaves from the outside of a head of cabbage.
  • Place cabbage stem-side down on a cutting board and cut in half lengthwise.
    A head of cabbage with the stem side down on a cutting board being cut in half lengthwise.
  • Put each half of the cabbage flat side down and cut in half again, going through the stem.
    Cutting a cabbage head into quarters, or wedges.
  • Locate the stem in the center of each quarter and cut at an angle to remove it. Repeat with the remaining quarters.
    Removing the core of the cabbage by cutting at an angle with a knife.
  • Place cabbage quarters flat-side down on the cutting board and cut into thin slices.
    Shredding cabbage by thinly slicing it with a knife.
  • Cut perpendicular to the slices to make smaller 1-2 inch pieces.
    A knife cutting cabbage into thin 1-inch pieces.

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Notes

Meal Prep & Storage

  • To Store: Store a full head of cabbage wrapped in a slightly damp paper towel in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator, up to 2 weeks. Store raw sliced cabbage in an airtight container in the fridge, up to 3 days.
  • To Freeze: Before freezing, any form of cabbage should be blanched and then shocked in an ice-water bath, to preserve freshness. Fresh shredded cabbage can be frozen in a large Ziploc bag with all the air removed, up to 4-6 weeks. Cabbage wedges can be flash frozen on a baking sheet for 6-10 hours, to prevent sticking together, then frozen together long term in a Ziploc bag, up to 4-6 months.
  • To Reheat: If using the cabbage raw, move it to the fridge a few hours ahead, to thaw. If cooking the cabbage, there is no need to thaw it ahead of time.

Nutrition

Calories: 33kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 28mg, Potassium: 255mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 1170IU, Vitamin C: 60mg, Calcium: 47mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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    1. You can rinse it before cutting but it will only really clean the surface of the cabbage. If you have a head that’s pretty dirty, then you can always rinse the shredded cabbage and then dry it like you would other salad greens!