How to Julienne Peppers

This article will take you through the basic ideas and procedure of julienning peppers. The same basic principles in this article can be used for other foods.


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    Grip the knife by pinching the blade, right above the handle, with your thumb and the second knuckle of your index finger. Your remaining three fingers should grip the handle or tang, depending on the model of knife you are using. This will give you more control over the blade.
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    Cut the pepper in half lengthwise. When you look inside you should see you cut the cluster of seeds in half. Rip it out of both sides and discard it.
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    Cut each half in half again, but this time width-wise.
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    Take one of the quarters of the peppers and mash it flat with the palm of your free hand. This makes the pepper much easier to cut. Now with the skin facing up and along the grain, leave the front portion of the blade on the cutting board while lifting handle end.
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    Push the blade downward onto the pepper in a rocking motion while holding the pepper steady with your free hand. Be sure to keep your fingers out of the blade's way. As you rock the blade downward, push the handle away from you slightly. This draws the blade over the cutting surface and makes the blade more efficient.
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    Repeat the cut you just made, but moving the blade 3 to 5 millimeters along the cutting surface horizontally. As you move with each cut, you'll notice the strips of pepper may accumulate on the side of the blade. Do not run your finger along the side of the knife to remove these as it is very dangerous and puts you at risk of cutting yourself badly, especially if your knife is sharp.


  • Use a sharp knife.
  • Use a knife with a blade of 8 to 10 inches (20.3 to 25.4 cm) or a proper chopping blade.
  • Cut on a maple cutting board, and do not wash it, only wipe it down. Washing a maple board renders its anti-bacterial properties useless. However, do not cut meat on a maple cutting board.


  • Be extremely careful whenever using a knife.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Food to be prepared

Sources and Citations

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Categories: Food Cutting Techniques