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How to Cut a Bell Pepper

Bell peppers, also referred to as sweet peppers, are great in so many dishes and also can be delicious eaten fresh or cooked.

They add a nice light and fresh taste with a little crunch. Used often in salads, on pizza, vegetable platter, fajitas, and more.

You can buy them in many different colors, most commonly you will see green peppers, red peppers, orange and yellow peppers. They are all very similar in flavor and texture but each holds something unique in its flavor.

Because they are oddly shaped you might be wondering how to cut them. For the easiest ways, follow along cause I am going to jump right into how to cut bell pepper.

cut up bell peppers


  • 1 Bell pepper


  • chef knife
  • cutting board

How to cut a bell pepper

I am going to show you the two most commonly used ways to cut bell pepper. Depending on what you are using them for will depend on how you want to cut them.

Sliced bell peppers are great on salads or for Mexican night in your fajitas. Whereas diced bell peppers are great in omelets, salsa, or chili.

If you are learning how to cut veggies make sure you check out how to cut brussel sprouts and how to cut asparagus.

1. Wash

washing a bell pepper

It is important to always wash your bell peppers before you start to cut into them. You never know what kind of bacteria or pesticides are on them from transport or even just being in the stores. Learn how to tell if bell peppers are bad and what to look for.

Use a fruit or vegetable spray or mild all-natural soap and wash them gently under cold water. After I give them a good wash I make sure to dry them so they do not slip on the cutting board.

2. Cut top and bottom off

Before you start the process you need to make sure that you have a sharp knife. I prefer a sharp chef knife to make sure I get through bell pepper skin.

Cut off the bottom of the pepper and then cut into the top of the pepper going around the stem.

Give the stem a gentle twist and pull and it will pop out with the seeds and insides attached. Do not ditch the top and bottom, you can get some good pepper from it.

3. Cutting into strips

cutting bell pepper slices

Stand it up on the cut bottom and cut it in half. Now you can get the rest of the white insides cut off and take out any lingering seeds.

Lay the half with the inside facing up, start at one end and cut into strips of your desired width. Go ahead and do the same thing with the other side.

If you are cutting for a roasted bell pepper recipe then I would only end up cutting them in quarters or halves.

4. Dicing green peppers

dicing the bell pepper

Following the same steps that we did in steps 1,2, and 3 now we are going to pile up or strips so that the ends are all equal. Go ahead and cut through the pile makes the strips into diced pieces.

As I said before depending on what you are going to be using your diced bell peppers for will determine how big or small you want to dice them.

How to cut bell peppers for kabobs

Follow all the steps above but you need to cut them into chunks, not slices. You’re going to quarter the peeper then long way and then cut those quarters in half.

How to cut bell peppers for fajitas

Follow the steps in this post and you will have some great slices for your next fajitas recipe.

When you cook bell peppers for fajitas you need to realize that they can take some time to cook so the thicker the slices are the longer they will take to cook.

Cutting out the core of a bell pepper can be simple and easy. Cut into the top of your pepper around the stem. Gently twist and pull the top and the core with pull out with the top.

This is a great trick for when you are just coring out your pepper or even for when you are going to slice or dice it. It’s an easy way to get most everything out of your bell pepper including the seeds.

The best way to cut your bell pepper for fajitas is to cut them into 1/4 inch strips. This helps them to cook down and soften the peppers without them becoming soggy as long as you dont overcook them.

Start by cutting off the ends, and then in half. Clean out the white inside and the seeds. Then lay the pepper down and cut it into 1/4 inch strips.

bell pepper sliced and diced

How to cut a bell pepper (Slice and Dice)

How to cut bell peppers is real easy to slice and dice. Follow these simple steps.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Side Dish
Servings 2
Calories 18 kcal


  • 1 bell pepper


  • Wash your bell pepper. It is very important to get off the bacteria and pesticide from all of your fruits and vegetables before cutting into them.
    With cold water and a fruit spray or mild all-natural soap wash them thoroughly.
  • Cut off the bottom and turn on its side. You want to cut into the top around the stem without cutting the top off completely.
    Gently twist and pull the top of the pepper and the insides along with the seeds will all pull out with the top.
  • Stand the bell pepper back on its cut off bottom and cut through it making two pieces. You want to cut off any of the white that is still on the pepper and wipe out any seeds leftover.

Bell pepper strips

  • Lay each piece, inside facing up. Now go ahead and cut into strips of your desired thickness by slicing across the pepper. Continue down the bell pepper until you have all strips.

Diced bell pepper

  • Follow all of the steps thus far and then you want to pile your strips together. Line them up so the ends are all equal and cut across the pile. You can make them as big or as little as you would like.


Serving: 2gCalories: 18kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 126mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1863IUVitamin C: 76mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg
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