How to Cut Bell Peppers (4 Most Common Ways)

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Does your recipe call for bell peppers and you wondering how to prep them? I’m going to show you 4 ways to cut bell peppers. Plus a few easy tips that will make the process very simple.

How to Cut Bell Peppers
How to Cut Bell Peppers

Today we are taking it back to the basics with how to cut bell peppers. Knife skills are a fundamental part of the kitchen and with just a few of these tips, you are bound to be a pro in the kitchen.

The most exciting thing about Bell peppers is that they are such as delicious raw or cooked.

To identify a perfect bell pepper, it must be smooth and firm on the outside. Avoid bell peppers with dark spots

Before we get to it. Did you know that Red bell peppers pack the most nutrition because they’ve been on the vine longest?

Green peppers are harvested earlier before they have a chance to turn yellow, orange, and then red. Compared to green bell peppers, the red ones have more vitamin C.

Noticed how green bell peppers are always the cheapest? The only reason behind that is because they pack the least nutrients

Great knife skills are crucial for becoming a better cook. This is a skill you will use every day with just about everything you cook.

How to store Bell Peppers

Bell peppers really like to be cold. It’s best to put them in the fridge immediately after you bring them home.

Keep them in a plastic bag, probably the bag you purchased them in. Just make sure the bag has cut holes or is open. They love humidity. Simple as that your Bell peppers will last up to 2 to 3 weeks.

Here’s what you can make with bell pepper strips and dice.

Bell peppers are a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes. They can be cut into strips and used as a garnish or diced and added to salads, stir-fries, or pasta dishes. Bell peppers can also be roasted and used as a side dish or pureed and used as a dipping sauce.

  • Stuffed Bell Pepper
  • Bell Pepper boats
  • Vegetable Stir Fry

No matter how you choose to use them, bell peppers are a delicious and healthy addition to any meal.

What you’ll need

  • Bell Peppers: Any color red, yellow or green.

Equipment

  • Cutting board

So first things first you will need a cutting board, there are a lot of variations out there to choose from. Plastic and glass are the least recommended. I prefer a wooden cutting board. A wooden cutting board may last you for years if taken care of.

Glass is very slippery and may result in injury. On the other hand, plastic produce too much noise during the chopping motions.

  • Large Chef’s Knife 7”-10” blade

A good Chef’s Knife comes first in the top 3 knives that are essential to have in your kitchen. It has good weight with smooth blades that are suitable to cut almost anything.

Our video on how to properly cut bell peppers.

Watch this how-to video below to see how easy it is to cut bell peppers.

How to Cut Bell Peppers Step-by-step

Bell Pepper Strips

Let’s start with sliced bell pepper. These are good for salads and stir fry.

  1. Flip the pepper over, stem side facing down, and using a knife cut around the 4 sides of the pepper.
How to Cut Bell Peppers
How to Cut Bell Peppers

2. Use your knife to cut any white flash or seeds.

How to Cut Bell Peppers
How to Cut Bell Peppers

3. Flatten the pepper you cut, skin side facing the board, and start slicing into strips.

How to Cut Bell Peppers
How to Cut Bell Peppers
How to Cut Bell Peppers
How to Cut Bell Peppers

Diced Bell Pepper

  1. Follow the same steps as above.
How to Cut Bell Peppers
How to Cut Bell Peppers

2. If you want dices. Turn the strip and cut them crosswise to get the diced pepper.

How to Cut Bell Peppers
How to Cut Bell Peppers

Ring Bell Pepper

To slice a pepper into rings:

  1. Make a circular cut around the stem of the pepper and remove the stem.

2. Turn the pepper upside down and make sure you remove all the seeds and white membrane on the inside.

How to Cut Bell Peppers
How to Cut Bell Peppers

3. Lay the pepper on the cutting board and slice the pepper into rings of your desired width.

How to Cut Bell Peppers
How to Cut Bell Peppers

Bell Pepper Boats

To make bell pepper boats, just like the bell pepper rings:

  1. Cut out the stem and remove any extra seeds and flesh.
How to cut bell peppers
How to Cut Bell Peppers
Yield: 1

How to cut bell peppers

How to Cut Bell Peppers

Bell peppers are a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes. They can be cut into strips and used as a garnish or diced and added to salads, stir-fries, or pasta dishes. Bell peppers can also be roasted and used as a side dish or pureed and used as a dipping sauce.

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Large Bell peppers. Green, Red or yellow will do.

Instructions

Pepper Stripes

  1. Hold the bell pepper sideways and trim the top.
  2. Turn it and hold it upright and start cutting around.
  3. Straighten the pepper cuts and place them on the board skin side facing the board.
  4. Using your non-cutting hand hold the pepper down and start slicing into stripes.

Diced Pepper

  1. Follow steps 1 to 4 above.
  2. Uniform the peppers into a bunch and turn them around.
  3. Nice and steadily dice perpendicular to the stripes.

Notes

When cutting the pepper avoid cutting too deep into the seeds, that's what turns it bitter.

Nutrition Information

Yield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 63Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 5mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 3gSugar 6gProtein 2g

FAQ and Tips about this how-to recipe.

  • When shopping for bell peppers, look for peppers that are brightly colored and free from blemishes. Avoid peppers that are soft or have brown spots.
  • When cutting bell peppers, it is important to remove the stem, seeds, and ribs from the pepper. These parts of the pepper can be bitter or tough.
  • Bell peppers can be cut using a sharp knife or a food processor. If you are using a food processor, cut the peppers into quarters before adding them to the machine.
  • Cut bell peppers can be stored in the fridge for up to five days.

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