How to Chop an Onion

August 17, 2012

I realize that this may be old news to some of you... but I didn't know this little method until I learned it from Jamie Oliver after university. I had painstakingly chopped onions any old way until then, although I didn't need them for much as Kraft Dinner and Sidekicks were pretty much staples in my diet. Anyhow, here's how you do it. In case you're behind the times like I was....

First, cut the onion in half from core to core- so that you are slicing right through the core. 
See... right through the core. 
Take one half and lay it cut side down on a chopping board. Starting from the bottom of the cut, slide your knife in horizontally about a 1/4 inch above the board. Use your other hand to steady the onion and make sure it doesn't slip around. 

Keep doing this moving up 1/4 inch each time, until you have slices that look like this. Do not cut all the way through to the other side of the onion, as you want it to all stay connected at the core. 
Then turn your knife vertical and slice downwards, going across the onion about 1/4 inch between slices. Again, don't cut all the way through to the other side of the onion- you're leaving it all attached. 

Now you get to turn the onion around and slice down as you normally would. Instead of having half-moon slices, you will now have little finely chopped pieces!
See?! You will end up with the piece that wasn't cross hatched like the rest of it. Remember the piece that was holding it all together?! 
From there, you just cut around the core piece and run your knife through the few leftover pieces to make them all the same size. 
Tweedle Tip: There are many different way to chop onions. A fine dice is best for sauces, soups or anything you would like the onions to blend into. In salads, the best is to chop them in half-moon slivers and for caramelizing and burgers, just slice them in rings!



  1. That's how I cut mine too! I picked it up on the cooking channel and it makes cutting an onion so easy!

  2. No way! I've been doing it all wrong all these years. :) Great tip!


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