Tip Tuesday: How To Chop An Onion

Posted on by Jennie

Shrimp Tacos with Roasted Corn-1

So, now that I gave you something with chopped onion, I wanted to give you one of my favorite kitchen hacks. I am pretty sure that my friend Kelly taught me this first and it blew my mind. I still chop EVERY onion this way, and I have never cried again as a result. Even with red onions. It is magical, and I think you need it in your life.

Shrimp Tacos with Roasted Corn-2

OK, so here we go. 1) Obviously peel your onion until it’s shiny-looking. Cut it in half but LEAVE THE ROOT INTACT. This is a crucial step, folks. See above.

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OK, so 2) you’re going to make cuts in your onion TOWARDS the root vertically, continuing to leave the root intact. As you can see above, I got like 6-7 slices in – do what you can. The first couple of times, you might only get 3-4; remember your fingers are more valuable than the onion, so be careful.

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Next up, 3) chop 2-3 (MAYBE 4 if you get lucky) TOWARDS the root horizontally, as you see above. This is the most dangerous probably – use a SHARP knife, and make sure to put your hand on TOP of the onion. Go slow. Take your time. You got this, and this will still be so much faster than any other way to chop an onion.

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4) Your last step is simply to chop the onion, starting at the outside and working toward the root, as you would normally chop. Since you’ve already made two other cuts, as you chop you’re really just completing the dice!

That’s it. It takes like two minutes (with some practice) and there is less chopping which means less onion in the air, which means less crying! Now, go forth and use your onion chopping knowledge to make the roasted corn, onion, and peppers from yesterday, or some pico de gallo.




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