How to Cut and Slice Peppers

Bell peppers are members of the Capsicum family and are much milder than other members of the pepper family, such as jalapeños.
  1. Make circular cut with paring knife around top of pepper.

    Cut around the stem of the pepper with a paring knife.
    Cut around the stem of the pepper
    with a paring knife.

  2. Pull stem from pepper; scoop out seeds and membrane with a spoon.

    Remove the seeds from the cavity of the pepper.
    Remove the seeds from
    the cavity of the pepper.

  3. Rinse pepper under running water to remove any excess seeds; drain well.

  4. For rings, thinly slice pepper crosswise; remove any excess.

    For rings, thinly slice down the length of the pepper.
    For rings, thinly slice down
    the length of the pepper.

  5. For strips, cut pepper into halves. Slice halves lengthwise into strips.

    For strips, cut the pepper in half and then cut thin strips.
    For strips, cut the pepper in
    half and then cut thin strips.

  6. To chop or dice, gather strips together and slice crosswise into desired size pieces.

    To dice, gather the strips and cut them crosswise.
    To dice, gather the strips
    and cut them crosswise.

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