How to Mince When mincing, you'll want to cut the ingredient (garlic, shallot, ginger, etc.) as small as possible. Pinterest Facebook Twitter Email From: Food Network Magazine Related To: How To Photo By: ANDREW PURCELL Photo By: ANDREW PURCELL Photo By: ANDREW PURCELL Photo By: ANDREW PURCELL Step 1 Smash garlic cloves with the flat side of your knife; remove the peel. Step 2 Thinly slice the cloves lengthwise. Step 3 Cut across the vertical slices, then rock your knife back and forth over the cut pieces to mince further. Step 4 If you want to turn minced garlic into a paste, sprinkle with kosher salt, then mash with the flat side of the knife. We Recommend Essential How-Tos from Food Network 19 Videos Food Network Magazine's Halloween Cupcakes 4 Photos Food Network Magazine's Birthday Cakes 12 Photos Food Network Magazine's New Issue Food Network Magazine’s Grilling Poll Food Network Magazine's Chopped Champ!