Ahhh…bell peppers. Hey there foodies! Bell peppers not only add color and flavor to your dishes, but they are also packed with nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A, and fiber. If you’re already a pro at chopping these beauties, kudos to you! But for those who could use a little guidance, I’ve got you covered with a quick “how to cut bell peppers” guide. Get ready to add some deliciousness to your meals!
Serving Size: 1 medium pepper (148 g)
Amount per Serving:
Calories from Fat-0
How to cut bell peppers?
Have you ever tried adding bell peppers to your meals? These crunchy and sweet veggies are available year-round, but their peak season is in the summer/fall. Fun fact: did you know that red peppers are just fully ripened green peppers with a milder taste? With different shapes, sizes, and vibrant colors like yellow, orange, and red, bell peppers can add a pop of mild flavor to any dish. And they’re not just for salads and sandwiches – you can try them in countless meals! Give them a shot and your taste buds might just thank you.
Not only are bell peppers delicious, but they’re also incredibly healthy. They are a great source of vitamins A, C, and K, potassium, folic acid, beta-carotene, and fiber. In addition to the nutritional benefits, bell peppers can help support your immune system and help keep your skin looking youthful and vibrant. Bell peppers are also low in calories, so they’re a great choice for people trying to lose weight. Whether you choose green, red, orange or yellow bell peppers, you can be sure you’re getting a healthy snack that will help keep your body running smoothly.
How To: Cutting Bell Peppers
1. Wash and dry bell pepper. Using a sharp knife, carefully chop off the top and bottom of the pepper.
(For stuffed bell peppers cut the top and leave the bottom intact you can reach in and pull out the seed plug. that is how to cut bell peppers for stuffed peppers)!
DID YOU KNOW?
- Bell peppers contain more vitamin C than oranges
- Yes, that’s correct! According to the USDA FoodData Central database, 100 grams of raw red bell pepper contains 127.7 milligrams of vitamin C, while 100 grams of raw orange contains 53.2 milligrams of vitamin C. So, bell peppers contain more than twice the amount of vitamin C as oranges do.
2. I like to use as much pepper as possible, so I then cut off the pepper around the stem. Slice or chop and set aside. Do the same with the bottom. (The stem happened to pop out on this one, but I usually just cut around it.)
DID YOU KNOW?
- The color of a bell pepper typically indicates ripeness, not variety.
- Yes, The color of bell pepper is not an indicator of its variety. Instead, it indicates the ripeness of the pepper. Green peppers are unripe and have a slightly bitter flavor and a crunchy texture. As they ripen, they turn yellow, orange, and then red. Red peppers are fully ripe and have a sweeter flavor than green peppers.
Remove the plug
3. Reach into the pepper, grab the plug, twist your hand, and pull it out. Discard.
4. Set the pepper upright on the cutting board and slice in half. At this point, you may also slice it into four equal pieces if you would like shorter slices of pepper.
5. Grabbing the pepper in one hand, use a paring knife (or just your fingers if you’re lazy like me:) and remove the inside rind and seeds. Rinse if necessary.
6. Placing pepper skin-side down on the cutting board, cut vertical slices down the length of the pepper. If you’re in a hurry, you may also stack the pepper to speed things up a bit (this is how to cut bell peppers for stir fry)! You may now grab the pepper slices, and dice them in the opposite direction. Be sure to keep the slices as uniform as possible for even cooking. Finally, add your diced pepper to your dish! Enjoy!
7. Here’s a little trick for dicing, for you type-A people out there. If you want nice, uniform pieces of diced pepper you can make even vertical slices running almost the entire length of the pepper. Next, turn the pepper counterclockwise and slice in the opposite direction! Voila, that is how to cut a bell pepper like a chef!
How to get the most flavor!
8. To get the most flavor out of your peppers, keep them raw and simple! When added to a dish with other flavors, the taste of fresh peppers really shines through. Try adding some sliced jalapenos or habaneros to stir-fry for a kick of flavor without the extra spice. Alternatively, you can go for a milder variety like bell peppers, and mix them with some garlic and olive oil for a delicious side dish. Enjoy!
A great guide from our friends at EarthFoodandFire.com
That’s it! I hope this “How to cut bell peppers” guide was helpful, now try out your techniques on some of our favorite recipes with bell peppers! From roasted bell pepper and tomato soup to cheesy stuffed peppers, we have lots of delicious ideas for you to try. Enjoy!
With any luck, you’ll be an expert in no time! Feel free to experiment with different ingredients and spices so that your dishes are customized to your own taste preferences. Have fun in the kitchen! If you need any help along the way, our experienced team of chefs is always available to provide tips and advice. So don’t hesitate to reach out. We wish you all the best in your cooking adventures! Happy cooking! 🍳🥗☺️