To cut carrot into thin strips (a.k.a julienne or matchsticks), a sharp kitchen knife is needed for the job. Trim and peel the carrot with a peeler, then cut the carrot into shorter cylindrical pieces, further cut the cylindrical carrot pieces into thin slabs, and finally stack the thin carrot slabs together and slice them into thin strips just like matchsticks.
You can apply this cutting technique for other vegetables like potatoes, cucumber, and more.
4 simple steps to cut your carrot into thin strips
1. Trim and peel the carrot
Trim off the top and the bottom root end of the carrot and discard. They are usually harder and usually not used in any food recipes. Peel the carrot using a peeler. If you don’t have one, you can use a knife to remove just the peel without digging into fruit beneath.
2. Cut the carrot into smaller pieces (short cylindrical shape)
Cut the carrot crosswise into 5 to 7 cm long smaller pieces. The length of the pieces depends on the desired length of the julienne you want the carrot to end up with. Tips: you should cut the carrot into similar lengths so that the final carrot matchsticks look uniform.
3. Cut the smaller pieces into slabs (flat pieces)
Cut out a thin slice from one side of the carrot pieces to create a flat surface so that you can roll over the carrot onto the flat surface for a stable stand. Cut the carrot into thin slabs of 1.6 to 3 mm thick. You should have rectangular slabs at the end of this step.
4. Stack the slabs together and cut the carrot into strips
To speed up the cutting process, stack a few slabs of the rectangular carrot pieces together before slicing them. Cut the carrot slabs lengthwise into 1.6 to 3 mm thick slices. Your carrot will turn into thin strips or julienne after this final step.
Other than thin strips carrot cut
Although thin carrot strip is one of the most common cuts for carrot, you might want to know the rest of the cuts, such as:
- Fine Julienne: Thin carrot sticks of 5-7 cm long with 1.6 x 1.6 mm thick.
- Regular Julienne: Size like matchsticks. 5-7 cm long with 3 x 3 mm thick.
- Batonnet: Carrot sticks that are about 5-7 cm long with 6 x 6 mm thick.
- Baton: Carrot sticks that are 5-7 cm long with 8 x 8mm thick.
- Brunoise: Tiny carrot cubes cut from regular julienne sticks with 3 mm sides.
- Small Dice: Small carrot cubes cut from batonnet sticks with 6 mm sides.
- Medium Dice: Medium carrot cubes cut from baton sticks with 8 mm sides.
- Large Dice: Large carrot cubes cut with 2cm sides.