How to Cut an Onion the Right Way

Hi everyone!

This weekend I had a wonderful vacation full of snow, sledding, and many movies.  But now that I’m back, I’m ready to start cooking and crafting all over again!

Many people do not know how to properly cut an onion and opt for the harder way (the one where the onion falls apart resulting in frustration and uneven pieces).

Here’s the way to do it:

What You’ll Need


A cutting board

Chef Knife

Paring Knife

Paper Towel


Cut the top of the onion off with your paper towel on the cutting board.  The paper towel will keep extra dirt from the onion off of your board.  When you cut it, make sure you are NOT cutting the root or your onion will fall apart.  (Sorry, I forgot to get a picture of this).


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To peel the onion (without getting onion smell under your fingernails), use the pairing knife and carefully place it under the skin.  Gently pull it off piece by piece.


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Using your pairing knife, cut around the rim of the root (the end with little sprouts).  Do NOT cut the onion.  Just the rim or again, the onion will fall apart!  Then, just pop the root off and it should look like that!


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Cut the onion evenly in half.


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Cut lines up the onion.  Do NOT cut all the way through.  You will cut to about 1/2 an inch before the end as seen in the picture.  The thickness of the lines will depend on how big you want your dice.


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Now cut across the onion to make your dice.  Again the thickness will depend on how big you want the dice.  Once you get to the top of the onion, you’re done and ready to add it to your recipe!

Wasn’t that easy?  And it didn’t fall apart!

Also, I’m really sorry that I’m so bad at explaining things.  If you have any questions, you can email me or ask in the comments!

Stay Serendipitous.


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