How to Cut a Bell Pepper

Three Methods:SlicedDicedStuffed

These are the easiest ways to slice a bell pepper to maximize its flavor and crispy texture. Bell peppers (green, red, orange or yellow) are an excellent source of fiber, vitamin C, lycopene, carotene, lutein and healthful xanthines. Cooked or raw, bell peppers are splendid on their own or as a colorful addition to salads and other dishes.

Method 1
Sliced

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    Wash the bell pepper with cool water.
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    Hold the bell pepper upright, with its stalk at the top and its smaller base on a cutting board. Cut off sections. These can be as wide as you'd like, but no thinner than 1/6" or 12 centimeter (0.2 in) to the stalk.
    • When done, the pepper should look like the cut quarters shown here.
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    Remove the white pith and seeds from the inside of the bell pepper.
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    Slice the sections into the desired width.
    • Serve, or add to a recipe.

Method 2
Diced

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    Wash, then slice the bell pepper. Remove the pith and seeds to prepare the bell pepper for slicing.
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    Align a few pepper slices in a row, then dice widthwise. Dice evenly, to ensure consistent cooking. Continue dicing until you have as much as you need.
    • Serve, or use in a recipe.

Method 3
Stuffed

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    Cut the top off the bell pepper. Do not discard this because you will need to place this back on top of the bell pepper once stuffed.
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    Cut and remove the inner core and pith (white material). Cut with the knife, then remove the pith and seeds using your fingers.
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    Shake out the seeds.
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    Stuff the bell pepper with chosen stuffing. Place the cap back on and bake as required in the recipe.

Tips

  • Bell peppers are also known as "capsicum."
  • Bell peppers keep well in the refrigerator for 3-5 days after purchase. Keep in the salad drawer because it's the coldest section of the refrigerator.
  • When selecting bell peppers, choose bell peppers that are glossy and firm to the touch. These will taste juicy and crisp. If the bell pepper is wrinkly, soft or dull, don't use it.
  • Blunt knives mean you have to exert more pressure when cutting vegetables. Doing so you are more likely to cut yourself than the food-items.

Warnings

  • Use the usual precautions when handling a sharp knife.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board

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