Microplane professional extra coarse grater

This cheese grater has become essential in my kitchen. It won’t take up extra space and grates better than any others I’ve owned. Cheeses ranging in hardness from Parmesan to mozzarella transform almost effortlessly into shreds perfect for nachos or pizza. Though I have a food processor with a cheese grater attachment that works well, I prefer using the Microplane grater since it’s quick, doesn’t crumble the cheese, and is a breeze to clean up.

While there is just one grating surface, I don’t miss the others that were on the Kitchen-Aid box grater I had before the Microplane grater. I also own the Microplane zester/grater, and find that the two sizes are all I need. Even together, they take up much less space in my kitchen than a box grater.

Made entirely of stainless steel, the grater features 35 extra-sharp cutting blades. Fortunately, it comes with a plastic guard for when it’s not in use. I’ve owned this grater for almost two years, and even with almost daily use, it’s still incredibly sharp. -- Abbie Stillie

Professional Extra Coarse Grater $22


  1. their star grater (also called a parmesan grater, but not the rotary one) is good for quickly reducing ginger and garlic to nearly-paste. i broke down about a pound of ginger in under a minute to make ginger ale. it doesn’t have their proprietary rasp-like blades, but the ergonomics are still good.

    btw, make sure to get the professional version if you do buy a microplane product. unfortunately, the home version (plastic frame) is junk.

  2. The Kitchen Aid box grater that is mentioned is excellent.


    I’ve had one for years and it is by far one of the best box style graters I’ve ever owned.  Plus grating into a container that fits the grater is really nice.  Sure clean up is a bit of a pain, but I usually soak it some, rinse it, and toss it into the dishwasher.

      1. I keep my fingernails especially sharpened specifically for parmesan cheese and use them to grate the cheese directly onto my poop. The rest of you guys are wimps.

    1. I hate when graters have a lip at the bottom like that.  Food always gets hung up on the lip and you end up with uneven grating. 

  3. I still get a kick out of  the fact that Microplane’s original “zester-grater” model was intended to be a hack saw mounted replacement for wood working rasps. 

  4. I’ve owned one of these for a couple of years. The rubber on the top finally tore and came off but it doesn’t slip that much so I haven’t noticed a problem. Cheese gets stuck in the cracks along the sides but a safety pin will get most of it out once it’s dried. And it’s nowhere near the knuckle-slicing sharpness it had fresh out of the box, but it still grates cheese and that’s all that matters.

  5. I keep a couple of their woodworking rasps around. They are limited but the only thing for certain situations. They stay nice and sharp for a long time. I use the blade without the plastic handle. It works best on a pull stroke (held backward) and does a nice job in tough grain or working where your approach is limited such as in a hole. They leave a nice surface that is cut, not sanded, though it does have a little texture.

  6. I guess the vintage grater I picked up at a yard sale a few years ago is an extra-EXTRA-coarse grater.  Rather than the five holes per row shown on the Microplane model, the vintage one has alternating rows of three and four holes, each a full half-inch wide.  Really useful on occasion.

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