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How to Cut Basil

Learn how to cut basil quickly and easily with this step by step tutorial. Add fresh herbs to your dishes for a boost of flavor.
Course Ingredient
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 1
Calories 1kcal
Author Yumna Jawad


  • Basil leaves no stems


  • Stack 5 leaves on top of one another, so they’re curled up, leaving the largest on the bottom.
  • Roll the leaves up into a tight cylinder.
  • Using a sharp knife slice the basil as thin as possible from one end to the other.
  • Separate the ribbons of basil with your hands and use as desired in a recipe that calls for fresh basil.


Storage: Cut basil will keep well in the fridge for 1 to 2 days.
Photo Credit: Erin Jensen


Calories: 1kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 264IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg