How to Chop Onions with Only a Knife

You don't need a lot of fancy kitchen gadgets to get your chopping done in the kitchen. All you need is a cutting board and a knife. Here is the best way to cut an onion using only a knife.

Steps

  1. Image titled Place on the onion on your cutting board Step 1
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    Place the onion on your cutting board with the root end facing away from you.
  2. Image titled Slice the onion in half Step 2
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    Slice the onion in half through the middle of the root end so that some of the root remains on each half.
  3. Image titled Slice off the end opposite the root end Step 3
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    Slice off the end opposite the root end but leave the root end intact.
  4. Image titled Remove the papery skin Step 4
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    Remove the papery skin from each half of the onion.
  5. Image titled Place one half of the onion Step 5
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    Place one half of the onion, flat side down on the cutting board.
  6. Image titled Slice through all layers of the onion Step 6
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    Using a sharp knife, make several slices down through all layers of the onion, starting approximately 14 inch (0.6 cm) away from the root, making sure to leave the root intact so that it holds all of the layers of the onion together while you are slicing it.
  7. Image titled Slice perpendicular to previous slices Step 7
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    Starting from the end opposite the root, slice perpendicular to your previous slices.
  8. Image titled Repeat with the other half Step 8
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    Repeat with the other half of the onion.

Tips

  • To avoid crying when you are chopping an onion try placing the onion in the freezer for just a couple of minutes before chopping it. You can also wear sunglasses that cover your eyes. The most ideal type are big aviators. Chewing mint gum also seems to help.
  • Use the back of your knife to scrape the onion into a pile. Scraping the blade across the cutting board will dull it.
  • If you have a gas stove, turn it on a medium-low flame to help prevent or stop crying.
  • If your directions call for a diced onion, make your slices a little closer together.
  • If your directions call for a finely diced onion, make your slices as close together as you can get them.
  • If your directions call for a chopped onion, make your slices a little bit further apart.

Warnings

  • When you are holding the onion, be sure to tuck the tips of your fingers under to avoid cutting them.

Article Info

Categories: Food Cutting Techniques