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How to Cut Green Onions

Learning How to Cut Green Onions is a quick and easy way to add the bright crunch of fresh scallions to any recipe! From washing to trimming to slicing, you can make the most of every part of this delicious vegetable in no time at all.
Prep Time2 minutes
Total Time2 minutes
Course: sides
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 bunch
Author: London


  • 1 bunch green onions


  • Rinse the green onions under running water, dry thoroughly and remove any wilted pieces or bad layers.
  • Cut off ¼ of an inch from both ends. Remove the fuzzy root end and the broken, tough green ends.
  • Locate the junction where the green parts begin to branch off from the white base. Make a cut at this point and use the green parts for garnish and the white parts for cooking.
  • For the green: Cut in a push-pull, or circular motion, slicing quickly to avoid breaking the delicate cylindrical shape. A very sharp knife helps make this part even easier! Cut perpendicular to the long axis of the onion to get perfectly round circles or cut at a bias, at an angle, to get more of an oval shape. You can also make thin cuts for garnish or longer cuts to add to stir-fries.
  • For the white: Cut the white part in the same manner as you did the green, in a push-pull circular motion, and use for cooking. It has a stronger flavor than the green that mellows out after it is exposed to heat.
  • Use them immediately, store green onions, or freeze green onions for later!



Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: Whole green onions can be washed and trimmed of old leaves ahead of slicing, and when properly stored, can keep in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 weeks.
  • To Store: Sliced green onions, when stored in an airtight container - ideally, separated by whites and greens - can keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. For more information, see How to Store Green Onions.
  • To Freeze: Either whole or sliced green onions may be frozen easily. They should be washed and left to dry completely before freezing, as excess water can cause freezer burn. Stored in an airtight container or freezer bag, they can keep in the freezer for up to 3-4 months. For more information, see How to Freeze Green Onions.