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How to cut a lemon

Let’s talk about how to cut a lemon. You most likely cut the lemon into slices and wedges. The goal here is to get the juice from the lemon.

I have a simple guide below that will have you covered. You are going to need a sharp knife and a cutting board.

How to cut a lemon video

cutting lemons into wedges

1. Wash the lemon

This part is very important. You always want to wash your citrus. It is also very important when you zest a lemon.

Run the lemon under cold water and give it a scrub. You could also use a vegetable wash or soap that is used for washing fruit.

Before you use a lemon it is a good idea to learn how to tell if a lemon has gone bad or if your lemon is ripe and ready to go.

2. Cut the ends off

cutting ends of the lemons

Put the lemon on its side and cut both ends off. You could alternatively skip this step but I think it allows for a better presentation and access to the fruit.

3. Slice the lemon down the middle

slicing the lemons

Take the lemon and put it upright or if you feel safe cutting flat go ahead and slice it down the middle.

This should leave you with 2 halves of the lemon.

4. Cut the lemon into wedges

slicing lemon wedges

Now you are going to cut those halves into quarters. Put the lemon peel side down and cut through the white part at an angle into segments.

In the end, you should end up with 8 lemon wedges.

Cutting lemon wedges for cocktails

cutting wedges for cocktails

After you have followed all the steps to cutting a lemon I like to cut the wedges in half. This would give you 16 pieces that you can use for your cocktails.

After you have all your pieces slice them in the center. This is going to give a slot that can rest on a glass.

Now go ahead and enjoy them on your next cocktail! This method will also work cut oranges.

How to store cut lemons

After cutting your lemons, it’s important to store them properly to retain their freshness. Wrap the cut portions tightly with plastic wrap, or place them in an airtight container, to prevent exposure to air which can speed up the deterioration process.

Then, place them in the refrigerator, where they should remain fresh for about a week. If you’ve squeezed the juice or zested the lemon, these can also be stored in the fridge in a sealed container for a few days.

You can also freeze lemons so that they last you longer if you don’t plan to use them within a few days.

Proper storage will ensure you can enjoy the zesty flavor of your lemons for longer!

Frequently Asked Questions for Cutting Lemons

Wash the lemon and then cut it the long way. Cut those halves into quarters and you should end up with 8 wedges. Now cut those down again for a smaller size or use them as is and cut a slice in the middle. Now you can add them to the edge of your drink.

Cut the lemons into wedges and then give them slices horizontally across the wedges. This is going to give an area for the lemon juice to squeeze out easily.

This is a simple process, lay down the lemon. Put your palm on the lemon and apply even pressure to the lemon and roll it on the table.

how to cut a lemon

How to Cut a Lemon

In this recipe we talk about how to cut a lemon and how to use them.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cutting time 2 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 31 kcal


  • Cutting board
  • Chef knife


  • 1 lemon


  • Wash the lemon.
  • Cut both ends off of the lemon.
  • Slice the lemon down the middle into halves.
  • Cut the halves into wedges.


Calories: 31kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 149mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin C: 57mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 1mg
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