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How to Properly Cut Bell a Pepper

Jan 24th 2023 - Team

How to Properly Cut Bell a Pepper

Do you want to know how to cut a bell pepper? Here's a step-by-step lesson and video showing how to cut a bell pepper without getting seeds all over the place. A bell pepper can be cut into a variety of shapes, such as thin or thick strips, little or large portions, rings, and so on. PLUS amazing bell pepper dishes!

How to Cut Bell a Pepper: Step-by-step

Step 1

Use a broad chef's knife for this. Cut each side of the pepper into four square pieces. This keeps the seeds and ribs in the center intact.

Step 2

  • Remove the stem.
  • Cut off the bottom and top of the pepper.

Step 3

Cut the pepper into thin slices with the skin side down. Make larger slices if you intend to dice the pepper.

Step 4

  • When chopping the pepper, turn it over.
  • Cut it crosswise to produce squares.

Various shapes to cut

Let's have a look at some various ways you can serve pepper forms.

Cut the sticks

  • Take your quarters and cut them into 3-4 lengthwise sticks.
  • Trim away any fibrous white pieces that remain. This is where the membrane was joined with a little paring knife.
  • Slice lengthwise into sticks
  • If desired, trim the white areas.

Dice

  • To make precise dice, take your pepper sticks and slice them across. Easy!
  • To dice your pepper, cut sticks across the grain.
  • Don't throw away the top/bottom!
  • You may also easily dice the top and bottom.
  • Don't squander the top/bottom
  • Simply dice them as well!

Make thin slices

These thinner slices are ideal for stir-fries that don't require huge sticks! Instead of cutting your pepper quarters lengthwise, cut them into thin strips across the length.

  • This is where the membrane part is in the middle. It makes it look nice and professional! It produces these double-arched slices, which look fantastic.
  • To make thin strips, slice the bell pepper crosswise rather than lengthwise.
  • Keep in mind that it's more difficult to slice because you can't entirely flatten the pepper. It's somewhat curved, and placing it flat can shatter it in the middle.

Chili Pepper Rings

  • Cut a circle around the pepper's stem with care.
  • Pull the middle of the pepper out with the stem, then reach inside to remove any excess seeds or white flesh.
  • Place the pepper on its side on a cutting board
  • Cut it into rings of the desired width.

Suggestions and Tricks

The skin of the pepper can be more difficult to cut. So make sure you have a razor-sharp knife. When it comes to slicing and dicing, start from the inside of the pepper.

It's much easier to cut through the skin from this side.

  • Be cautious and do not to over-slice the top and bottom; you simply want to trim them.

Storage Suggestions

Store it in the Fridge

Freshly sliced bell peppers should be stored in an airtight container or zip-top bag. To absorb any excess moisture, place a paper towel on top of the peppers. Keep your cut-up bell pepper in a bag or container in your crisp drawer for 2-3 days.

Store it in the Freezer

Place your cut-up peppers on parchment-lined baking trays in single layers, not touching. Freeze for 1-2 hours until solid, then transfer to labeled and dated zip-top bags, squeeze out any excess air, and freeze for up to 6 months.

Storage Suggestions

Store freshly chopped bell peppers in an airtight container or zip-top bag in the refrigerator. To absorb any excess moisture, place a paper towel on top of the peppers. Keep your cut-up bell pepper in a bag or container in your crisp drawer for 2-3 days.

Freeze your cut-up peppers in single layers on parchment-lined baking sheets, making sure they don't touch. Freeze for 1-2 hours until solid, then transfer to labeled and dated zip-top bags, squeeze out any excess air, and freeze for up to 6 months.

Recipe Suggestions

Freshly sliced peppers can be used in prepared recipes such as Chicken Fried Rice, Unstuffed Peppers, Greek Chicken Kabobs, and Mexican Beef and Rice Skillet.

They're also great raw in salads like Greek Pasta Salad, Shopska Salad, and Pineapple Salsa!

Now that you know how to cut bell pepper, try these favorite bell pepper recipes:

  • Quick Cuban Black Beans
  • Best Stir Fry Vegetables with Teriyaki
  • Veggie Burrito Bowl with Cauliflower Rice
  • Grilled Veggie Fajitas
  • Loaded Quinoa Tacos
  • Refried Bean Tacos
  • Sweet Potatoes with Thai Peanut Butter Sauce
  • Rice Bowl with Kale, Red Pepper, and Egg
  • White Bean Shakshuka with Feta
  • Tropical Mango Quinoa Bowl
  • Mediterranean Bowl
  • Vegetarian Tortilla Soup
  • Vegan Black Bean & Quinoa Chili