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How to Freeze Cabbage (Step-by-Step Guide)

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Cabbage is an excellent vegetable for freezing, and frozen cabbage can be used in a variety of ways. Learn how to freeze cabbage in this helpful step-by-step guide.

  • Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1 large head of cabbage


  1. Chop cabbage into wedges and remove the tough core.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a simmer and have a large bowl of ice water ready.
  3. Carefully add chopped cabbage to the pot using tongs so you don’t splash.
  4. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until cabbage has a bright color. Do not overcook!
  5. Carefully remove cabbage with tongs or drain in a colander and add to ice water to shock and stop cooking.
  6. Dry well and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet to freeze for at least 6-12 hours.
  7. Once frozen, add to labeled freezer zip-top bags.
  8. Use from frozen in your favorite soups and other recipes!


  1. For most recipes using cabbage, you don’t need to defrost the cabbage first. Place the frozen cabbage wedges directly into a hot pot of soup or into whatever recipe you are making. Cook the cabbage a few minutes longer than you would if it were raw to ensure that it gets warmed through.
  2. You can use either red or green cabbage for this recipe.
  3. Try to use your frozen cabbage within 3-4 months. If frozen longer, it may develop freezer burn.


  • Serving Size: 1/4 of cabbage
  • Calories: 78
  • Sugar: 10 g
  • Sodium: 56.2 mg
  • Fat: 0.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18.1 g
  • Fiber: 7.8 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg