How to Core and Seed a Bell Pepper

Slicing bell pepper
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  • 01 of 08

    Begin by Trimming Off the Bottom

    Begin By Trimming Off the Bottom
    Danilo Alfaro

    Bell peppers are odd. For one thing, they're technically fruits, not vegetables. If that wasn't weird enough, they're also oddly shaped, bulbous, and have hollow insides. The challenge in cutting a bell pepper is turning a round bulbous fruit into a nice, straight, flat and consistent pieces. 

    Before you begin, make sure you have a cutting board and a sharp knife. Make sure you know how to use a chef's knife so that you're familiar with the basic grips. If you need a quick orientation on the different parts of a chef's knife, brush up on the anatomy of a chef's knife. Once you are ready to get started, place the pepper on its side on the cutting board in front of you and trim off the bottom end.

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  • 02 of 08

    Slice Off the Top

    Slice Off the Top
    Danilo Alfaro

    Cut off the top of the pepper. If you're doing batonnets or any other knife cut that needs to be nice and straight, the bottom and top pieces will be hard to manipulate into your desired shape. You can toss them, snack on them, compost them, feed them to a pet, or anything ​else.

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  • 03 of 08

    Turn the Pepper Onto Its Bottom

    Turn Pepper Onto Its Bottom
    Danilo Alfaro

    Looking down into the interior of the pepper, you can see that there are several ribs that attach the pepper's core to its outer shell or hull. The objective is to slice through those ribs, thereby detaching the hull in a single piece, while leaving the outer shell intact. Find a spot anywhere on the edge of the pepper, other than where one of the ribs meets the outer shell, and position the tip of your knife there.

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  • 04 of 08

    Slice the Pepper From Top to Bottom

    Slice the Pepper from Top to Bottom
    Danilo Alfaro

    Make a single cut from top to bottom. The photo shows what that cut should look like.

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    Sweep Your Knife Through the Inner Ribs

    Sweep Your Knife Through the Inner Ribs
    Danilo Alfaro

    This step is the tricky part. A sharp knife makes this easier because you'll barely have to apply any pressure at all. If you're not totally confident in your knife skills, don't worry. Place the pepper back on its bottom as in step three and just cut out the individual panels (the wide square sections separated by the ribs) by making a series of straight downward cuts. The pepper won't be in one single piece when you're done, but more importantly, your hands and fingers will be.

    If you're continuing, the idea is to sweep the blade sideways through the ribs. As you do this, the entire pepper should just unfurl itself on the cutting board.

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  • 06 of 08

    Remove the Core

    Remove the Core
    Danilo Alfaro

    If you do this right, the core and all the seeds should come out all in one piece. Discard or compost them. 

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    Trim the Membranes

    Trim the Membranes
    Danilo Alfaro

    You can unroll the pepper so that it sits flat on the cutting board. Then trim out the little white membranes.

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  • 08 of 08

    You've Removed the Core and Seeds From a Pepper!

    Voila! You've Removed the Core and Seeds from a Pepper!
    Danilo Alfaro

     Now that you've transformed that weird bulbous fruit into a nice straight flat shape, you're ready to slice and dice it any way you like.