The major difference occurring between dicing and chopping is in the size of the cut pieces. In most dishes that are prepared, the cut size of the ingredients is absolutely necessary for the presentation of the dish. The importance cannot be underemphasized when the food item in question is being prepared in a restaurant in which presentation is of utmost importance.
When something is chopped, it is actually cut into smaller pieces, but then the pieces may not be very small. However, this does not hold for dicing, in which the cutting ensures that the cut pieces are particularly smaller than they would be if they were actually chopped.
Therefore words like ‘large chop’ are very common, but it is hard for one to hear a description like ‘large dice.’ Apart from the cut size, chopping and dicing also differ in shape. The cut pieces are uniform in dicing but not in chopping.
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Answered Jul 21, 2020
Most times, people are always quick to use the words "chopping" and "dicing" interchangeably, even when they are not exactly the same in meaning. When cutting ingredients such as tomatoes and onions, the size of the cut pieces is what will help you to know whether to use chopping or dicing. When an ingredient is chopped, it means it has been cut into smaller pieces.
Also, when something is diced, it means it has been cut into smaller pieces. However, material should be considered diced if the cut pieces are smaller than what you have when something is chopped. Another difference is the irregular shape of the cut pieces when something is chopped.
In contrast, "diced" is the appropriate word if something is cut into small cubes. This means the shape of the cut pieces you will have when something is diced is similar to that of a cube. Chopping requires greater force than dicing.