Once you learn How to Cut an Onion, you'll be ready to tackle your favorite recipes—without crying! Simply follow this step-by-step tutorial to learn the best way to peel the skin, then thinly slice, finely dice, or chop onions.
Using a sharp knife, trim the two ends of the onion.
Place the onion flat-side down onto the cutting board and cut it in half.
Peel and remove the outer layer from both halves of the onion.
To cut into slices: Place one half of the onion cut-side down. Make cuts vertically into thin or thick slices. Repeat with the other half.
To dice an onion: Place one half of the onion cut-side down. Cut vertical slices that are parallel to each other, trying to keep the onion together as you go. Turn the sliced onion 90 degrees and make additional cuts that are perpendicular to the original cuts. Make cuts closer together for a finely diced onion and cuts further apart for a coarsely chopped onion.