How to Cut Basil

Get tips for how to cut basil so that it retains its flavor and color. Find out how to store cut basil and how to use it in recipes.

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fresh Basil is a staple ingredient in many Italian dishes, as well as being used in Thai, Vietnamese and Indian cuisine. It has a light, sweet flavor with a hint of mint. When used in cooking, it’s best to add it at the end of the cooking process so that its flavor isn’t overpowering. Fresh basil leaves can be chopped and used in salads, or they can be added to pasta dishes, pizzas or soups.

What You Need

All you need to cut basil is a sharp knife and a cutting board If you have a herb snipper, that will work as well.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here are step-by-step instructions for how to cut basil, along with some helpful tips.

1. Start with fresh basil. If you can, buy basil that is still on the stem. This will help it stay fresh longer.

2. Rinse the basil leaves under cold water.

3. Pat the leaves dry with a clean towel or paper towel.

4. Place the leaves on a cutting board and then stack them on top of each other.

5. Using a sharp knife start at the base of the stack and make thin slices, going all the way through the leaves.
You can also roll the basil leaves up into a tight bundle and then slice them crosswise into thin strips (this is called chiffonade).

6. Once you have cut all of the basil, place it in a container with a tight-fitting lid or in a zip-top baggie and store it in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Tips and Tricks

If you’re looking for tips on how to cut basil, you’ve come to the right place. Basil is a tender herb that can be easily damaged if it’s not cut correctly. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you get the perfect basil cuts every time:

– Use a sharp knife A dull knife will crush the basil leaves and damage the herb.
– Cut at an angle. This will help prevent the leaves from being bruised or torn.
– Use a cutting board A cutting board will help protect your countertops and keep your basil leaves from slipping around.
– Be gentle. Gently push the knife through the leaves instead of forcing it.
– Don’t throw away the stems. The stems of the basil plant are actually edible and can be used in cooking. Just make sure to wash them thoroughly first.


We hope this guide was helpful in teaching you how to cut basil like a pro! Be sure to check out our other guides on how to grow and care for basil, as well as how to use it in your cooking.