How to Cut a Tomato

Wondering how to cut a tomato? Here’s a step by step guide and video that shows you how to dice a tomato, how to cut tomatoes for salad, and how to cut tomato slices.

Video: How to cut a tomato

Are you wondering how to cut a tomato but not sure the best way? There are many ways to cut a tomato: diced, into wedges, and into slices. Here is exactly how Alex and I cut tomatoes showing four different ways; we use these methods in everything from our pico de gallo recipe to our tabbouleh recipe! Here’s our step by step guide for how to cut tomatoes, including a video of me showing how to dice, slice, and cut tomato wedges in our kitchen.

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How to cut a tomato step by step

How to Cut a Tomato | Use a serrated knife

Before we start, what’s the best knife to cut a tomato? Using a serrated knife is best for cutting through the tomato skin. You may notice that using a paring knife can sometimes tear and mangle the skin when cutting. (See below for our favorite serrated knife recommendation.)

Step 1

How to Cut a Tomato | Place the tomato on its side
How to Cut a Tomato | Remove the top
How to Cut a Tomato | Cut thin slices

To slice a tomato: Place the tomato on its side. Using a large serrated knife, slice off the top of the tomato. Then cut the tomato into thin slices.

Step 2

How to Cut a Tomato | Cut the tomato in half
How to Cut a Tomato | Cut the tomato into quarters

To cut tomato wedges: Using a large serrated knife, cut the tomato in half. Then cut it again to make quarters. You can cut smaller wedges by cutting the quarters down the center.

Step 3

How to Cut a Tomato | Cut the tomato slices into thin strips
How to Cut a Tomato | Dice the tomato

To dice a tomato (seeds in): Start with the tomato slices from Step 1. Cut them into thin strips, then turn the strips and cut crosswise into a dice.

Step 4

How to Cut a Tomato | Cut out the core and seeds
How to Cut a Tomato | Cut the tomato into strips
How to Cut a Tomato | Dice the tomato

To dice a tomato (core and seeds out): Start with the tomato wedges from Step 2 (quarters are easiest). Cut out the core and seeds from each wedge by sliding underneath them with the knife. Cut the remaining tomato flesh into strips, then turn the strips and cut crosswise into a dice.

And there you have it: how to cut a tomato using 4 easy methods!

Let us know if you try our method for how to cut a tomato and tell us how it goes in the comments below.

Best chef knife & cutting boards

Alex and I are often asked about the best kitchen tools. And every time we answer, “A good sharp chef’s knife!” A good knife can drastically improve your time in the kitchen, and lasts for years (we’ve had our chef knives for 10 plus years). Here are some of the knives we recommend, as well as cutting boards and the best knife sharpener. These recommendations are perfect for outfitting your own kitchen, or great gifts for a wedding registry or someone who loves to cook!

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Looking for fresh tomato recipes?

Now that you know how to cut a tomato, here are some of our favorite fresh tomato recipes for you to try:

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How to Cut a Tomato

How to Cut a Tomato


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: About 1/2 cup diced 1x

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Wondering how to cut a tomato? Here’s a step by step guide and video that shows you how to dice a tomato, how to cut tomatoes for salad, and how to cut tomato slices.


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Ingredients

  • 1 ripe tomato

Instructions

  1. To slice a tomato: Place the tomato on its side. Using a large serrated knife, slice off the top of the tomato. Then cut the tomato into thin slices.
  2. To cut tomato wedges: Using a large serrated knife, cut the tomato in half. Then cut it again to make quarters. You can cut smaller wedges by cutting the quarters down the center.
  3. To dice a tomato (seeds in): Start with the tomato slices from Step 1. Cut them into thin strips, then turn the strips and cut crosswise into a dice.
  4. To dice a tomato (core and seeds out): Start with the tomato wedges from Step 2 (quarters are easiest). Cut out the core and seeds from each wedge by sliding underneath them with the knife. Cut the remaining tomato flesh into strips, then turn the strips and cut crosswise into a dice.
  • Category: Knife Skills
  • Method: Cutting
  • Cuisine: N/A

Keywords: How to cut a tomato, How to dice a tomato, How to cut tomatoes for salad, How to cut tomato slices

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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