Struggling To Cut Bell Peppers? 4 Ways To Cut Them Easily

Bell pepper is a year-round veggie which is a source of several nutrients; it’s not just rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, and can also boost immune function. However, bell peppers can be hard to cut, especially if you’re looking for evenness. 

The first step to cleaning the bell pepper is de-seeding and getting rid of the middle membrane; cutting it or dicing it can also be a challenge. You can use a small paring knife or your fingers to remove any remaining white membranes and lay the bell pepper on its side if it’s a mid-sized pepper. Here are some basic methods of cutting bell peppers at home.

The Basic Slice Method

The basic slice method is one of the most straightforward ways to cut a bell pepper, ideal for stir-fries, salads, and fajitas. Begin by washing the bell pepper thoroughly under cold water to remove any dirt or pesticide residues, then pat it dry with a clean kitchen towel. Lay the bell pepper on its side, and using a sharp chef’s knife, slice off the top (stem end) and the bottom to create flat surfaces. 

Place the bell pepper upright on one of the flat ends and slice down through one side, creating an opening. Pull the bell pepper open and lay it flat on the cutting board to reveal the inner seeds and membranes. Use the knife or your hands to remove the white membranes and seeds. Finally, lay the flattened pepper skin-side down and slice it into even strips of your desired thickness.

For even cooking, try to keep the strips uniform in size. If you're aiming for thinner strips, use the tip of the knife to guide your cuts, ensuring precision and consistency. This method is versatile and quick, making it a go-to for many recipes.

The Julienne Cut

The julienne cut is perfect for garnishing, salads, or any dish where you want fine, matchstick-sized pieces of bell pepper. Begin by washing and drying the pepper as previously described. Follow the initial steps of the Basic Slice Method: remove the top and bottom, stand the pepper upright, make a vertical cut to open it up, and remove the seeds and membranes. After laying the flattened pepper skin-side down on the cutting board, slice it into thin, uniform strips.

Next, stack these strips on top of each other and slice them again lengthwise into matchstick-sized pieces. This method requires a bit more precision and practice, but the result is visually appealing and ideal for dishes that benefit from finely cut vegetables. Julienne peppers can add a sophisticated touch to your culinary presentations.

The Dice Method

Dicing bell peppers is useful for salsas, stuffing, and any dish that calls for small, uniform pieces of pepper. Start by washing and drying the pepper. Slice off the top and bottom, and stand the pepper upright. Make a vertical cut and open it up as before. Lay the pepper flat, remove the seeds and membranes, and cut it into strips.

Once you have your strips, gather a few at a time and slice them crosswise into small, even squares. For a finer dice, make your initial strips thinner before cutting them into squares. Diced bell peppers are versatile and blend seamlessly into various dishes, adding texture and flavour without overwhelming the other ingredients.

The Ring Cut

Cutting bell peppers into rings is great for decorative purposes, sandwiches, and grilling. Wash and dry the pepper, then lay it on its side. Instead of removing the top and bottom, simply slice the pepper crosswise into rings of your desired thickness.

As you cut, you will encounter the seeds and membranes. You can remove these by gently pushing them out with your fingers or a small knife. The result is a series of attractive, even rings that can be used to add visual appeal to dishes. This method is particularly popular for garnishing and as a flavorful addition to grilled dishes.