Learn how to cut cabbage into squares with step by step photos for recipes like Haluski and Corned Beef and Cabbage.


Whole cabbage on cutting board with knife

As I was making my Stove Top Corned Beef and Cabbage, I decided to shoot a tutorial on how to cut cabbage into squares.

This isn’t my typical recipe post, but I do get asked a lot about how to chop cabbage.

Cabbage is one of those vegetables I love eating, but it’s so annoying to buy and chop.

First, there is no such thing as a small cabbage. The “smallest” head is about 2 pounds. When you’re cooking for two, that’s enough cabbage to last all week!

Once in awhile, a local farm will halve cabbage heads, wrap each piece into plastic wrap, then sell the halves. However, this isn’t common practice so I try not to rely on it.

Then you have to cut the cabbage. It’s actually easy to chop cabbage once you know where to cut, but it’s not intuitive.

That’s why I took step by step photos to show you how to chop cabbage into squares (or at least as square as cabbage can be).

This is the cut I use for my corned beef and cabbage as well as my Haluski and Stuffed Cabbage Soup.

This guide focuses solely on green cabbage, but you can use this same technique for red cabbage as well.

Chopping Cabbage Ahead Of Time

I prefer cutting up a whole head of cabbage all at once, dividing the chopped cabbage into 3-4 serving containers, then refrigerating until ready to cook.

That way my prep is done for the week (or even 2 weeks!). All I have to do now is grab and dump.

Bonus tip – I do the same thing with onion. It’s so much easier to cook when your onion is all ready to go.

How To Cut Cabbage


Cut cabbage in half

Step 1: First, cut the cabbage down the middle, splitting it into two equal halves.


Cut each cabbage half in quarters

Step 2: Next, place each half flat side down and cut down the middle. You should now have 4 quarters.

Step 3: Locate the stem for each quarter. This is called the core. Cut off the core because you don’t want to eat this part.


Cut cabbage into slices

Step 4: Now place each quarter flat side down. Cut it into slices.


How to cut cabbage into squares

Step 5: Finally, cut the slices into squares, much like you would with dicing a carrot.


chopped cabbage on cutting board

Now that you have enough chopped cabbage to last all week, check out my recipes for what to do with leftover cabbage.

How to cut cabbage into squares

How To Cut Cabbage

Yield: 1 cabbage
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Learn how to cut cabbage into squares with step by step photos for recipes like Haluski and Corned Beef and Cabbage.

Ingredients

  • 1 head green cabbage

Instructions

  1. Cut the cabbage down the middle, splitting it into two equal halves.
  2. Place each half flat side down and cut down the
    middle. You should now have 4 quarters.
  3. Locate the stem for each quarter. This is called the core.
    Cut off the core because you don't want to eat this part
  4. Place each quarter flat side down. Cut it into slices.
  5. Cut the slices into squares, much like you would
    with dicing a carrot.

Notes

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Originally published March 9, 2020