How to Hold Your Chopsticks Step 1 : Start by holding your dominant hand loosely. Step 2 : Place one chopsticks in the valley between your thumb and index finger with the bottom section of the chopstick resting on your ring finger. Step 3 : Next, hold the second chopstick the way you hold a pencil— lightly pinching it with your thumb, index and middle finger. Step 4 : When using the chopstick, the upper chopstick is the one you move while the bottom chopstick generally stays still. Step 5 : Remember to keep your hand relaxed and keep practicing with different foods. Ways to Use Your Chopsticks Chopsticks are a truly adaptable tool. With practice, they can be used in a myriad of ways when eating and cooking. 1. Stirring soups, stews and stir-fries.