How to Cut or Dice Peppers [Step-by-Step Food Prep]

We all know how important it is to cut up your veggies when cooking, but truthfully most of us don’t know how to do it correctly. Well, it’s time to change that!

To cut or dice poblano peppers you need a sharp knife, a bit of basic knowledge, and lots of practice! Before beginning, wash the pepper. Start by cutting your peppers in half lengthwise. Then slice out the stem and white membrane. Cut your peppers into strips. For diced peppers, rotate the strips 90 degrees and cut them into small squares.

Keep reading and you’ll become an expert in no time.

How do you cut and dice poblano peppers?

Let’s cut to the chase!

Cutting and dicing poblano peppers requires knowledge, practice, and skill. Although it may seem counterintuitive, using a sharp knife is the safest way to cut any veggie! Learn different kinds of cutting techniques and watch plenty of videos online in addition to reading guides.

Dicing is one of the best ways to cook food because:

  • The small pieces are easy to eat
  • The flavor spreads throughout the dish
  • The vegetables cook more quickly

Read on to learn step-by-step how to dice poblano peppers!

How to Cut or Dice Peppers

How do you dice a poblano pepper easily?

Now it’s time to learn your stuff.

To dice poblano peppers easily: cut them in half, cut out the stem and white membranes, cut into ¼ inch strips, rotate the strips 90 degrees, and then cut into ¼ inch cubes.

To dice a poblano pepper easily:

  1. Cut in half through the stem all the way to the bottom of the pepper
  2. Cut out the stem and white membranes
  3. Set the pepper inside-up
  4. Slice into ¼ inch strips
  5. Gather all the strips and rotate them 90 degrees
  6. Cut into ¼ inch cubes
  7. Repeat with the other pepper half
Since it’s hard to imagine, I found a video of someone cutting a poblano pepper.

How do you dice poblano peppers quickly?

Once you know the basics, you’ll surely be hooked and want to go faster and faster!

To dice poblano peppers quickly:

  • Use a sharp knife
  • Keep the tip of the knife on the cutting board
  • Use the full length of the knife
  • Tuck your fingers
  • Practice

It’s important to start slowly to practice your technique before trying to go quickly. A sharp knife is absolutely the most important part of the process!

Buy a lot of vegetables and spend hours cutting them. Practice for 20 minutes each day. It might sound extreme, but that’s really the only way to get faster!

What is dice cutting technique?

Lastly, let’s finish up with some knowledge about different cutting techniques.

Dice cutting techniques include julienne, fine dice, baton, small dice, chiffonade, and more.

  • Julienne – thin, stick-shaped, good for stir fries
  • Fine dice – smallest dice, good for garnish
  • Baton – biggest stick cut, good for vegetable sides
  • Small dice – about ¼ inch squares, good for soup
  • Chiffonade – cutting into ribbons, can be used on herbs or leafy greens

Each technique has its place in different recipes. For example, julienne is good for stir fries, whereas the small dice is great for soup!