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How to Shred Cabbage: 3 Ways

Have some cabbage that you need to shred? Here's how to shred cabbage no matter what tools you have. You can use a box grater, a mandolin or even just a knife.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 cabbage
Author Joss D

Equipment

  • Chef's Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Optional: Box Grater
  • Optional: Mandolin

Ingredients

  • 1 head cabbage

Instructions

Prep the Cabbage: Do this Step Before Any Cutting Method

  • Wash the cabbage and remove the outer leaves.
    Red cabbage and knife on cutting board.
  • Place the cabbage on a cutting board and cut the bottom off.
    Red cabbage and knife on cutting board.
  • Make sure the cabbage is sturdy and flat against the cutting board and cut it in half.
    Red cabbage and knife on cutting board.
  • Cut out the white solid core by carefully making 2 diagonal cuts towards the center.
    Red cabbage and knife on cutting board.
  • Cut the cabbage in half again, making quarters. (Sometimes it is easier to remove the core with a diagonal cut after it has been cut into quarters. Do what works best for you.)
    Red cabbage and knife on cutting board.

Option #1: How to Shred Cabbage with a Knife

  • Make sure the cabbage is flat and steady on the cutting surface. Begin slicing it into thin strips.
    Red cabbage and knife on cutting board, getting shredded.
  • Once it becomes hard to grasp, turn it so that it is flat against the cutting board and finish slicing.
    Red cabbage and knife on cutting board, getting shredded.
  • If you want to shred the pieces further, cut them in half horizontally and then continue cutting vertically until they are as fine as needed.
    Shredded cabbage on dark speckled cutting board.

Option #2: How to Shred Cabbage with a Box Grater

  • Shred the cabbage with a box grater on the side with large holes, by placing the cabbage quarter flat against the holes with your hand and using a forceful downward sliding motion. This will produce a very fine shred. Carefully keep your fingers away from the grater holes.
    Shredding white cabbage with box grater on dark cutting board.

Option #3: How to Shred Cabbage with a Mandolin

  • Set the mandolin to desired thickness. Place the cabbage flat against the mandolin and place the guard over top of the cabbage.
    Shredding red cabbage with mandolin on dark cutting board.
  • Carefully shred the cabbage with the mandolin, using the guard to protect your fingers.
    Shredding red cabbage with mandolin on dark cutting board.