How To Dice a Sweet Potato Like a Professional Chef

Test your knife skills with perfect square dices of sweet potato. Let’s do this! Our Knife Skills series is sponsored by Cutco.

Learn how to dice a sweet potato (or any potato!) into perfect squares.

In culinary school we practiced our knife skills daily. Day in and day out we used potatoes to perfect our large, medium, and small dice; our julienne, brunoise, and even tournée. Potatoes are a great food to practice your own knife skills because they are cheap and you can get a lot of cuts from a single potato.

Today we are focusing on a medium dice, which is 1/2 inch x 1/2 inch x 1/2 inch. It’s a pretty versatile cut and can be used in something like a hash.

How to Dice Potatoes

Step #1

Peel the sweet potato with a vegetable peeler.
Peel the Sweet Potato

Step #2

Cut off the ends with a classic chef’s knife.
Cut off the ends

Step #3

Slice off the sides of the potato to square it.
Slice the sides
Try to get it as square as possible without wasting your potato. It’s okay if it is not a perfect square.

Square the sweet potato

Step #4

Make 1/2 inch slices through your potato. You can either eye-ball it or use a ruler.
Slice into 1/2 inch pieces

Continue to cut all the potato. These are called batonnets.

Make batonnets

Step #5

Turn the batonnets and cut into 1/2 inch slices, these are your medium diced sweet potatoes.
Make medium dice cuts

These potatoes are now ready for your recipe!

 

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How To Dice Sweet Potatoes

Test your knife skills with perfect square dices of sweet potato. Let’s do this!
  • Author: Lyndsay Burginger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 potato, diced

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet potato

Instructions

  1. Peel the sweet potato with a peeler.
  2. Cut off the ends with a classic chef’s knife.
  3. Slice the sides of the potato to square it.
  4. Make 1/2 inch slices through your potato. You can either eye-ball it or use a ruler. Continue to cut all the potato. These are called batonnets.
  5. Turn the batonnets and cut into 1/2 inch slices, these are your medium diced sweet potatoes. These potatoes are now ready for your recipe.

 

Disclosure: This article is sponsored by Cutco. All opinions are ours and honest.
This post originally appeared in October 2016 and was revised and republished in March 2020.

How To Dice a Sweet Potato Like a Professional Chef
How To Dice a Sweet Potato Like a Professional Chef

Lyndsay Burginger

It’s always entertaining when Lyndsay’s in the kitchen. She’s even been known to belt out Broadway show tunes while making dinner (a handy whisk as her microphone, of course). She currently writes for her international food and travel site, Lyndsay's Travel Kitchen . Lyndsay is also on the editorial team at The Cookful.