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 1/2 inch dices out of each spear. All done!
Wasn’t that easy? If you want to remember these steps for later, be sure to pin this post!
Happy cucumber season!