For those of us who have been cooking for years, it can be easy to slip into a routine and a certain way of doing things – like chopping up your veggies. Sure, we all have our preferred methods, but it’s nice to learn a few new tricks when it comes to preparing your food, don’t you think? Find out the easiest and most efficient way to get the results you want!
Now, before you scoff and say you already know how to dice an onion, hear us out! Sure, there many ways to get those small little bits of onion for whatever meal you are preparing, but the following method is precise, easy, and uses up the majority of the onion so you are getting the most out of your groceries. Start by peeling the onion and chopping it in half. Press the onion down on the cutting board with your palm and then make horizontal cuts into the onion.
Next, you’ll make vertical cuts along the onion, without cutting all the way to the tip. Finally, cut slices in the onion, rocking your knife back and forth. Remember to protect your fingers by gripping the onion in a claw-like fashion so the blade bumps up against your knuckles instead of slicing the tips of your fingers!
Again, this might seem like a technique you’re familiar with, but there are a few ways you can get onion slices, and depending on what you’re using them for, you may want to switch up your tactics! The first way is what most people think of – peel the onion and chop it in half, then slice from top to bottom. These slices tend to be thin, and are great for any dish that uses raw onions, like a salad.
The second method for slicing onions is to turn the onion and make slices from side to side instead of top to bottom. The end result is a bit of a thicker, stockier slice of onion, great for sautéing
This method of cutting up an onion is less popular than the other methods, but it’s always fun to have a few different options, right? Onion rings are great for the obvious reason – breading and deep-frying – but you can also make thin rings to put on burgers or to throw on top of cornbread before you bake it.
Instead of chopping the onion in half and peeling it, you’ll leave the skin on and leave the onion whole. Make a little slice on one side of the onion so it will be able to sit flat on the cutting board and not roll around. Then, decide how thick you want your onion rings and get to slicing! When it’s all done, push out the rings and use them however you want.
Get more details on chopping up an onion in the video below!