Hot Eats and Cool Reads: How To Chiffonade Fresh Basil Leaves

Jun 21, 2021

How To Chiffonade Fresh Basil Leaves

Chiffonade is a fancy word for the easy process of slicing basil or any other fresh herb into very thin ribbons. You will learn this French technique in a simple step by step process and add it to any recipe you make!


a bunch of fresh basil


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We absolutely LOVE basil at our house and use it all the time!

Today I'll talk all about how to chiffonade fresh basil leaves and give you some delicious recipes to try it in!

Chiffonade is a French cooking technique for slicing leafy vegetables or herbs such as basil, sage, mint, spinach, collards, kale or lettuce into long, thin strips, ribbons or shreds. You can also apply this technique to crepes or omelets. 

Why chiffonade herbs or veggies? 

Slicing leafy greens or herbs into thin ribbons helps tenderize them by breaking up any tough fibers. It also helps them cook more fast and even because of the small, thin size.

Are you ready to learn how to chiffonade?


a stack of basil leaves


  • Remove the herbs from the package and discard any damaged leaves or stems.
  • Fill a bowl with cold water and place the basil leaves inside.
  • Swish the basil around gently, then remove from water and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Lay the basil leaves flat on a cutting board in a stack from big to small.


a stack of basil leaves rolled up


  • Next, starting on one end, roll the leaves as tightly as you can so they stay together as you slice. Hold the basil with one hand so the roll stays together while slicing.



basil leaves sliced halfway through the roll


  • Start thinly slicing at one end, continuing until you've reached the end of the roll. Take this step slow, as you'll want your basil ribbons to be around an 1/8" after slicing. 
  • Gently separate your basil, then add to your recipe during cooking or as a garnish.


a pile of chiffonade basil leaves


Recipes with fresh basil you might like:



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chiffonade basil leaves on a salad


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How To Chiffonade Fresh Basil Leaves

Author: Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min

Ingredients

  • Fresh basil leaves

Instructions

  1. Remove the herbs from the package and discard any damaged leaves or stems.
  2. Fill a bowl with cold water and place the basil leaves inside.
  3. Swish the basil around gently, then remove from water and pat dry with a paper towel.
  4. Lay the basil leaves flat on a cutting board in a stack from big to small.
  5. Next, starting on one end, roll the leaves as tightly as you can so they stay together as you slice. Hold the basil with one hand so the roll stays together while slicing.
  6. Start thinly slicing at one end, continuing until you've reached the end of the roll. Take this step slow, as you'll want your basil ribbons to be around an 1/8" after slicing.
  7. Gently separate your basil, then add to your recipe during cooking or as a garnish.
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chiffonade basil leaves up close


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