We can hardly do without a handful of chopped nuts over a meal. Some ground almonds over the pasta, a handful of peanuts over that Asian salad or roughly chopped cashew nuts over the curry. There are several ways to finely chop nuts, some more practical than others. We explain them.
5 different ways to finely chop nuts
There are countless ways to finely chop nuts. But: what is the way to go if you want pieces of the same size? What’s the best way to chop everything really fine? And also nice: how do you make as little mess as possible?
With a sharp chef’s knife
Perhaps the most practical way, because you probably already have a cutting board and sharp chef’s knife ready: just cycle your knife through it. You then get pieces of different sizes, so a little variation in your pieces.
In a mortar
The mortar and pestle is a commonly used tool in Asian cuisine. And there’s something satisfying about whacking and bruising it with your mortar and pestle. The handy thing about this is that all nuts remain in the bowl of your mortar and are therefore not launched over your countertop. At least if you don’t go too hard…
In a food processor
Let someone else do the heavy lifting for you and chop the nuts in a food processor. Easy peasy and the fastest way, especially if you want to chop a lot of nuts at once (do this in portions so as not to overload the food processor). You also get the most consistent pieces this way. You can also grind them very fine. The disadvantage is that you will have to wash the bowl and chopping knife afterwards. Rinsing a mortar or a chef’s knife then goes a little faster.
With the bottom of a (heavy) measuring cup
If you want to create as little dishes as possible by chopping nuts, take this tip. Place the nuts on a flat surface, such as a cutting board. Place a heavy-bottomed object on top, such as a measuring cup and push to crush the nuts. Especially handy if you were already busy with that measuring cup.
With a rolling pin
Another dish-friendly method: put the nuts in a bag and smash them with a rolling pin. Gone are your frustrations and: you immediately have a bag of finely chopped nuts.