Learn how to dice a cucumber in four easy steps to get perfect, crunchy cucumber pieces for a salad or veggie dish!
Stuck on how to prepare a cucumber? I don’t blame you!
There are tons of different ways to slice a cucumber. You can cut it into thin circles, quarter it, peel it or leave it unpeeled, or just eat it whole in a few big bites.
In the below tutorial, I show you how to seed and dice a cucumber, which means chopping it into cube-like shapes. Salads and other cold veggie dishes often call for diced cucumber, since it’s bite-sized and easy to eat.
Step 1 – Slice the cucumber in half.
First, wash and dry the cucumber. You can peel it if you prefer not to eat the skin or leave it unpeeled.
Use a sharp knife to slice the cucumber in half lengthwise.
Step 2 – Slice the cucumber halves in half again (quarter it).
Slice each cucumber half in half again. Do these cuts look familiar? This is how you quarter a cucumber to make pickle spears.
Step 3 – Slice off the seeds with a knife.
Cucumber seeds are surrounded by watery flesh that doesn’t taste great in most recipes. (Unless the cucumber is seedless!)
To get rid of the seeds, use a sharp knife to slice off the top layer of each cucumber spear that contains the seeds. Discard or compost.
Step 4 – Chop into pieces.
Once you remove the seeds, use your knife to make ½ inch dices out of each spear. All done!
For some great ways to use cucumber, check out my Mini Cucumber Sandwiches with Herbed Cream Cheese, Blended Cucumber Gin Cocktail, or Grilled Cucumber with Mint and Feta.
Wasn’t that easy? If you want to remember these steps for later, be sure to pin this post!
Happy cucumber season!
Hi! What variety of cucumber are you using in these pictures?
Lizzie Streit, MS, RDN
Hi Lisa, I believe I am using an English (AKA hothouse) cucumber.