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How To Cut Cilantro

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Cilantro is a great herb that adds 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 to 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.

How to cut cilantro in 2 simple steps

Cilantro, with its distinctive aroma and refreshing taste, can transform a dish from ordinary to extraordinary. Cutting this delicate herb may seem simple, but doing it correctly can make a significant difference in retaining its unique flavor profile.

Our guide, “How to Cut Cilantro” will equip you with essential kitchen know-how, whether you’re a seasoned chef or a home cook embarking on a culinary adventure. Let’s delve into the art of handling cilantro and learn to cut it with skill and precision.

1. Wash

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

2. Cut

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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.

How To Store Cilantro

When it comes to cooking with fresh herbs, mastering the art of proper storage is just as important as knowing how to handle them in the kitchen.

If you’re curious about the best practices for preserving the flavor and longevity of fresh herbs like cilantro, you’ll find our article on how to store fresh herbs incredibly helpful.

Not only will you learn the best techniques for cutting cilantro, but you’ll also discover the ideal storage methods to keep your herbs vibrant and aromatic for longer.

Frequently asked questions about how to cut cilantro

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.

Yes, the stems of cilantro are edible and pack a lot of flavors. When cutting cilantro, finely chop the stems—they can be used in dishes where they have time to soften, like soups or stews.


In conclusion, there are two easy ways to cut cilantro. The best method for you will depend on how much cilantro you need and how finely you want it chopped.

No matter which method you choose, be sure to wash the cilantro thoroughly before cutting it. Cilantro can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.

With these simple steps, you can easily cut cilantro like a pro. So next time you’re in the kitchen, don’t be afraid to give it a try!

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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 minutes
Total Time3 minutes
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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