How to Cut Up an Onion

Simplify slicing and dicing with these time-saving tips.

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Greg Scheidemann

Cooking with Onions

Any way you slice it, there are so many recipes that include chopped onion that knowing how to cut one is an essential skill. Yet most people do it incorrectly, adding to prep time and resulting in uneven cooking. Follow along as we teach you the proper way to slice and dice.

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Peter Ardito

Step 1: Make Horizontal Cuts

With a sharp knife, cut off the stem end of the onion and discard. Slice onion in half from stem end to root end. Remove papery skins. Lay the onion halves cut side down and rest your palm on top. Depending on the size of the onion, make one or two horizontal cuts parallel to the cutting board.

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Peter Ardito

Step 2: Make Parallel Slices

Make parallel slices (perpendicular to your last cut) across the top of the onion, being careful not to cut through the root. Space slices farther apart for a large dice and closer together for a small dice or mince.

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Peter Ardito

Step 3: Rotate and Slice

Finally, rotate the onion 90 degrees and make parallel slices across the onion. Discard the root end.

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Peter Ardito

Onion Dip

This is a refreshing departure from store-bought onion dip. Plus, it's easy to make and is lower in fat and calories.

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Peter Ardito

Keftedes with Feta

Quick Tip: Wet your hands to help shape the meatballs more easily.

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Peter Ardito

Sloppy Turkey Sliders

Kidney beans give this tasty sandwich an extra dose of healthy, filling fiber.

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Peter Ardito

Chicken Sandwich Kabobs

Kids will love this twist on a traditional sandwich. Remove the food from the skewer for children under 8.

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Peter Ardito

Pasta with Sweet Onions, Broccoli, and Chicken

Your cooking broth becomes a light, flavorful sauce in this simple recipe. The longer you cook the onion slices, the more deliciously sweet they become.

Originally published in the July 2012 issue of Parents magazine.

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