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How to Chop an Onion

By February 18, 2014

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Chopping an onion is one of the most common kitchen tasks, as well as one of the easiest — assuming you know how to do it.
How to Chop an Onion: Step-By-Step Tutorial With Photos
How to chop an onion. Photo © Danilo Alfaro

If you watch any of those TV chef shows, you'll sometimes see people chopping onions by making horizontal cuts in the onion. A good number of cooking instructors teach this technique, which makes absolutely no sense.

For one thing, you are guaranteed to cut yourself badly chopping an onion this way. But the other thing is, these horizontal cuts are totally unnecessary. Find out how to chop an onion the easiest, quickest and safest way possible.

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June 30, 2009 at 2:25 pm
(1) Kallie says:

Yes, but what is life without a little risk?

My mom taught me to hold the onion in my hand and slice down into it. Definitely the most insanely dangerous method of all – thanks, mom! :)

June 30, 2009 at 4:17 pm
(2) culinaryarts says:

Yipes! Hope you’ve still got all your fingers. :)

July 1, 2009 at 9:34 am
(3) Kallie says:

They’ve had some close calls – and here’s me, typing for a living!

By the way, I love your site, Danilo. It always makes me want to cook something!

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