If you love to cook at home, learning how to cut cilantro is essential for extracting the most flavor. These tips will have you cutting like a pro in no time. 

What We Love About This Method

  • Beginner-friendly: Even if you don’t have much experience in the kitchen, this method will break it down into simple steps.
  • No more waste:  Once you get the hang of this, you’ll find that you can minimize how much cilantro you accidentally discard through bad preparation. 
  • Great for make-ahead recipes: Running a kitchen is all about efficiency and smart prep work. Learning how to cut cilantro will drastically reduce your meal prep time.  
How To Cut Cilantro

How to Cut Cilantro

  1. Wash the cilantro. Use cold water. 
  2. Dry the cilantro. Use a salad spinner or paper towel, or simply let it air dry. 
  3. Transfer to a clean cutting board. Align the ends of stems. 
  4. Trim the stems. Leave as much of the stem as you want.
    How To Cut Cilantro
  5. Finely chop the remaining stems. Set the cilantro leaves aside for now. 
    How To Cut Cilantro
  6. Compress the cilantro leaves and chop it up. Work side to side so that you don’t miss anything. 
  7. Use a rocking motion to keep chopping from each end to another. Make sure no large pieces are left.
    How To Cut Cilantro

Storing and Freezing Instructions: 

  • To store: Transfer the chopped cilantro to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. 
  • To freeze: Freezing freshly cut cilantro is not recommended. Make it into a basil pesto and freeze that instead. 
How To Cut Cilantro

How to Cut Cilantro

If you love to cook at home, learning how to cut cilantro is essential for extracting the most flavor. These tips will have you cutting like a pro in no time. 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 large bunch cilantro

Instructions 

  • Rinse the cilantro under cold running water.
  • Using a salad spinner, dry the cilantro.
  • Place on the cutting board and align all the stems and leaves towards the same direction.
  • Cut of however much of the stems you wish.
  • Chop the remaining steams as finely as needed.
  • Fold the bunch of cilantro leaves in half and start chopping with a sharp knife.
  • Swing the knife with a rocking motion from one end to the other.
  • Go back again with the knife to ensure that all the cilantro is chopped.

Notes

Make sure to use a sharp chef’s knife or paring knife for best results.
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Emma Kelly

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