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Rough chopped onions are the perfect base for savory dishes.
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How to Cut an Onion

Learn How to Cut an Onion the best way without crying! Once you perfect this easy process, use them in a variety of recipes.

Course Appetizer, Dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 44 kcal
London Brazil


  • 1 onion sweet, red, or yellow


  1. Using a sharp knife trim the two ends of the onion.
  2. With one of the cut ends facing up, cut onion in half.
  3. Peel and remove the outer layer from both halves of the onion.

Slicing an Onion:

  1. Place one half of the onion cut-side down.

  2. Cut onion vertically into thin or thick slices. Repeat with the other half.

Dicing an Onion:

  1. Place one half of the onion cut-side down.

  2. Cut vertical slices that are parallel to each other, trying to keep the onion together as you go.

  3. Turn the sliced onion 90 degrees and make additional cuts that are perpendicular to the original cuts.

  4. Make cuts closer together for a finely diced onion and cuts further apart for a coarsely chopped onion.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • To Store: Keep cut onions in a sealed, airtight container in the fridge for up to to 10 days. Partially used onions can also be surrounded tightly in plastic wrap.
  • To Freeze: Place cut onions in a freezer bag for 3-6 months and then add them directly to soups or other cooked dishes.
Nutrition Facts
How to Cut an Onion
Amount Per Serving
Calories 44 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 4mg0%
Potassium 161mg5%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.