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How To Cut Cilantro

Cilantro is a great herb that adds such a great flavor to so many dishes. Here I am going to go over a few simple steps on how to cut cilantro so you can start adding it into your dishes!

The great bright green color of cilantro makes it great to use as a garnish, but if you haven’t used it in your soups, salads, or other dishes you are missing out.

It adds a nice light lemony flavor that can be game-changing to many dishes.

bunch of cut cilantro

How to cut cilantro in 2 simple steps

It only takes a minute to cut up, so easy to do and even more delicious.

Once you know what to do with your cilantro, you will want to start incorporating in more and more of your cooking. Follow along!

1. Wash

washing cilantro

Rinse your cilantro under cold water to get off any dirt or whatever else might on in that clump. Then pat it dry with a paper towel.

2. Cut

cutting cilantro

Hold the clump of cilantro in one hand and with your cutting hand, you want to take a large chef knife and slide it down on the stems taking off the leaves.

Once you have gotten the amount of cilantro that you need, go back in and pull out any thicker stem. The smaller ones are ok to keep.

Make a pile and simply rock your knife back and forth over the cilantro with one hand on the knife’s handle and one hand open over the top of the blade. Then pull it all back together into a pile again and repeat rocking your knife over the cilantro.

Continue to do this until it is as chopped as you would like it.

It is ok to keep the thin stems, the stems that are at the top near the leaves. The thicker stems and the bottoms you want to discard.

They can be chopped up along with the leaves and used in your dish. If you are using it as a garnish the stems can also add to the look.

If you properly store cilantro it should keep fresh in the fridge for 7-10 days. Place a bag lightly over the top of the clump and you can wrap a loose dampened paper towel around the bottom stems also.

Keeping things in your crisper drawer helps to maintain freshness as well.

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How To Cut Cilantro

Cilantro is a great fresh ingredient that adds a light lemony flavor to dishes. In just 2 steps I will show you how to cut cilantro to add to your next dish.
Prep Time3 mins
Total Time3 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chopping cilantro, Cutting cilantro, How to cut cilantro
Yield: 1
Calories: 1kcal
Author: Bob


  • 1 cilantro


  • Wash your cilantro under cold water and then pat dry with a paper towel or dishtowel.
  • Hold the clump in one hand and then using a chef knife with the other hand scrape the stems in a downward motion until you have the desired amount.
    Remove the thick stems from the pile and then chop in a rocking motion. Pile up the cilantro again and continue to chop in a rocking motion until you reach your desired chop.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 1kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg

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