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How to Chop an Onion

By: Jamie Garcia, Editor, RecipeLion

How to Chop an OnionAs home cooks, we often teach ourselves how to do a lot in the kitchen. Sometimes, it's nice to have a few tricks up our sleeves though, which is why we're showing you How to Chop an Onion in just a few simple steps. We've even included a helpful video that will have you chopping onions like a pro in no time. Learn how to chop an onion, so you can cut down on your prep time and look super fancy doing it. Find


You might think there's a special technique to chopping fruits and veggies that you can only acquire by going to culinary school and perfecting it over years, but this couldn't be more of a myth! You may have to practice your speed, and be careful not to cut yourself, but the general technique is so easy to learn. You'll need to make sure you have a sharp enough knife - this is the key to chopping almost anything well and with ease. A sharp knife makes all the difference, so invest wisely. Once you learn how to chop an onion properly, your life will become a lot easier because you can apply this technique to other fruits and veggies too! 


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How to Chop an Onion

Step 1:

Peel the onion.

Step 2:

Hold the knife properly. Grip the butt of the knife and let the weight of the knife do the work for you.

Step 3:

Use your fingers as a guide. 3 fingers; 2 behind and 1 in front. Your knuckle in front will be the guide.

Step 4:

Point and slice through the onion towards the root vertically. Try and get as close to the root as possible.

Step 5:

Next, squeeze the onion together and make two horizontal slices.

Step 6:

Last, cut through the onion vertically to the base of the root.

Tip: Remember, a sharp knife is key!


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I usually don't have any trouble cutting up an onion, but how do you keep from crying? I love onion and use it a lot. It seems like every time I peel an onion my eyes start to water so bad that I can not see to cut the onion. I usually get through it the best I can, but man is it painful on the eyes.

I was fortunate enough to have my dad teacher me this technique when I was learning to cook. If you are struggling to chop onions, this is the video for you. It is especially helpful if you will be cutting large quantities of onions for a recipe. I really like how it makes the onion more stable, so it is safer for your fingers while you are cutting (safety is key in the kitchen!) This is a really handy video.


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