Chopping mint

Chopping mint – adding great flavour

Chopping mint is a key cooking skill as herbs such as mint add great flavour to recipes.  Whilst this shows how to chop mint, the same method can be used for chopping most of your herbs when required.


  1. Pick the leaves of the herbs and make a pile in the middle of the chopping board.
  2. Using your large cook’s knife, hold the handle in your right hand and hold the tip of the knife on the board with your left hand between the thumb and the first finger (or vice versa if you are left handed).  This is where the shoulder of the knife comes into play.
  3. Starting at one side of your pile of herbs, hold the knife tip firmly on the board and with a chopping movement bring the knife down and through your herbs, slowly working your way across the pile of herbs.
  4. Scrape the pile together and start again chopping through the pile.  Continue until the herbs are chopped to the size you require.

With a little practice you will find that you can do this quite quickly.  Also, this is a good method for chopping onions, garlic, etc.

Cooking with herbs

We have put together all you need to know about the different herbs that can be used for cooking, including basil, coriander, parsley and sage.

Recipes using mint

Now that you have found out all there is to know about chopping mint, why not try these selection of recipes that use mint?

Chopping mint - use chopped mint in this recipe for cucumber salad
Cucumber salad

Chopping mint - use chopped mint in this recipe for minted new potatoes
Minted new potatoes

Mango salsa
Mango salsa

Chopping mint - use chopped mint in this recipe for mint, yoghurt and cucumber dressing
Mint, yoghurt and cucumber dressing