Here’s How to Cut a Bell Pepper the Right Way

Consider this your guide for how to cut bell peppers.

Red, yellow, orange or green, bell peppers are a staple in a wide variety of delicious dinners, from stir-fries to cheesy casseroles. But while you may use them a lot in your meals, these veggies aren’t exactly the easiest to prepare. If you don’t know how to cut a bell pepper the right way, you’ll often end up with seeds all over the counter, weirdly uneven slices or, worse, a lot of the pepper wasted due to awkward cuts.

Don’t give up yet, though. Turns out there is a right way to prep peppers…and it’s a lot easier than you’d think. Follow our step-by-step tutorial below on how to cut bell peppers for less mess in meal making.

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How to Cut a Bell Pepper

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Step 1: Rinse it off

Wash off a pepper by rinsing it under cool water, then dry.

Pro tip: Even if the peppers are pre-washed, it is best practice to give them another cleaning just to be safe.

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Step 2: Start at the top

Lay the pepper on a cutting board and slice off the top of the pepper (the part with the stem), about a half-inch down. You can also cut off a half-inch on the bottom, too, but if you want to maximize the amount of pepper, it is absolutely OK to leave the bottom on.

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Step 3: Remove the insides

Using your fingers (yes, really!), pull out the flesh, ribs and seeds from inside the pepper. Another option is to use a small knife to cut around the inside edge of the pepper in a circular motion, detaching the ribs carefully from the actual pepper first. This makes it easier to remove the innards cleanly and smoothly. If any seeds are left behind, simply turn the pepper upside down over the trash bin and shake to remove.

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Step 4: Halve it

Place the pepper on its side on the cutting board and use a sharp knife to slice it in half, lengthwise (from top to bottom).

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Step 5: Slice, slice, slice

Take each half and slice it into thin, evenly sized strips. You can then leave the strips as they are (use them in a dish like baked chicken fajitas or just serve them raw with hummus) or continue by lining up the strips and cutting across in rows, forming perfectly diced pieces. If you like this, try our favorite old-fashioned stuffed bell peppers.

Voila! Now that you know how to cut bell peppers the right way, you have a ton of recipes at your disposal. Pickled bell peppers, anyone?

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Amanda Tarlton
Amanda has more than a decade of media experience, specifically in product testing in the cooking and lifestyle space. As a freelancer for Taste of Home, Amanda writes mostly about foodie finds, home and lifestyle goods and cooking and baking utensils that make life easier (and more fun!). Outside of freelancing, Amanda is the executive editor of commerce at Field & Stream.
When she's not working, Amanda is on the lookout for the best pizzas in town or testing out secret menu items at restaurants and coffee shops.