Learn Just What a Dice Looks Like

updated May 1, 2019
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Exactly what does a recipe mean when it calls for an ingredient to be diced? Here’s what that common cut looks like, it’s standard size, and why it’s used in certain recipes.

Educate Your Eye: What a Dice-Cut Looks Like

Dice refers to ingredients cut to a small, uniformly sized square. The standard size is a 1/2-inch square. Basically that’s the size of — you guessed it — a die. Of course, the size can vary (some recipes may call for a two-inch dice), but most often this is the size to go with.

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This Is Why Recipes Use Diced Ingredients

Recipes call for diced ingredients for their uniform shape, which in turn produces uniform cooking times. Everything will be done at the same time. In addition, a dice cut is visually appealing and easy to eat. You’ll find diced ingredients used in recipes like stir-fries, breakfast potatoes, and soups.

Recipe with Diced Ingredients

Educate Your Eye

This series will help you sharpen up your knife skills by using your eyes as the guide. It walks you through the most common ways to cut ingredients —detailing what each cut looks like, what sets it apart, and how it’s used in recipes.