How to Cut a Bell Pepper Without Any Waste

This kitchen hack shows us exactly how to cut a bell pepper. You'll want to give this technique a whirl!

Lately, all of the kitchen hacks that have surfaced—especially on TikTok—have made us question how we prepare food and maintain our appliances. We’ve learned tricks for how to easily peel garlic, juice a lemon without cutting them, thoroughly clean our ovens and even shuck corn in the microwave.

One of the latest TikTok hacks to catch our eye shows how to cut a bell pepper in a way we’ve never seen before. It’s so easy, you’re going to want to try it for yourself!

How to Cut a Bell Pepper Efficiently

There’s nothing wrong with whatever way you usually slice and deseed a pepper, but this method is likely more efficient.


Step 1: Slice off the green stem

Slice off the stem and place the pepper face-down on a cutting board. The bottom of the bell pepper should be facing up.

Step 2: Cut the bell pepper into fours

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Use a sharp knife to make four vertical slices where the natural indentations occur.

Step 3: Remove the pepper from the stem

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Use your hands to open up the pepper, almost like a flower. After separating the four wedges, you’ll be left with the stem with all of the seeds attached for easy removal.

What to Do with Your Perfect Peppers

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There are so many ways to use bell peppers. One of our favorites is this Sweet Pepper Skillet. If you have some Vidalias on hand, transform these two simple ingredients into a Sweet Onion and Red Pepper Topping that can go on everything from hot dogs to bruschetta. Or, just dip raw slices into this Dill Vegetable Dip.

Don’t forget to check out our pepper primer to discover which types of peppers work best in which dishes. Now get slicing!

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Krista Garcia
Krista has had 20 years of media experience. For eight of them, she's been freelancing for various food and travel brands like Taste of Home, Eater, The Kitchn and Fodor's. As a writer for Taste of Home, Krista’s specialty has been sharing all the latest food news from new types of candy to restaurant updates to viral TikTok cooking hacks. A food blogger since the early 2000s, Krista founded the site Goodies First, although these days she's focused on the digital commerce space. At the same time her blogging days tapered off, Krista moved back to Oregon (where she grew up) after a long stint in New York City.