Jalapeños are a culinary delight — readily available at every market, and just the right size for spicing up almost any dish. Rumors abound about the source of jalapeños' heat — some swear the seeds hold the heat, others the membrane. Knowing how to seed, slice, and dice them will make spicing up every dish a little easier.
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How to Remove Jalapeño Seeds
There are two ways to remove jalapeño seeds and membrane. The first is to cut the jalapeño in half lengthwise, exposing the membranes that hold the seeds in place. Then take a spoon and scrape out the membrane, working from the bottom to the top of the pepper.
This method is great for beginners, and works well when you want to dice a jalapeño.
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The second method involves a little more skill. Remove the jalapeños stem end, then insert a paring knife into the pepper and work the knife around the seedy core. This method requires some practice, but is the best way to remove the seeds for slicing the jalapeño into rings.
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How to Use a Jalapeño
How To Cut a Jalapeño the Right Way
Makes 1 perfectly diced jalapeño
What You Need
1 jalapeño or other small oblong chile
- Cut off the stem: Cut off the stem end of the jalapeño. Halve the jalapeño lengthwise for removing the seeds with a spoon.
- Remove the seeds: Use the spoon to scrape the seeds and membrane out of the halves. (Alternatively, insert the pairing knife into the stem end and slowly cut around the seeds and membrane. If you want rounds, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch rings.)
- Cut into sticks: Place jalapeño halves cut-side down on the cutting board and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-wide sticks.
- Dice: Gather the sticks together and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch dice.