How to Dice an Onion: A Mostly Photo-Essay

Trying to cut an onion into small pieces?  It’s easy – as long as you keep the root in tact:

How to Dice an Onion: A Mostly Photo Essay Cooking Tip Cooking Technique

How to Dice an Onion: A Mostly Photo Essay Cooking Tip Cooking Technique

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A few things to keep in mind:

  • When cutting the end of the onion, only cut the end with the stem off.  The side with the roots will keep the onion from falling apart.
  • The width of the cuts in the third photo will decide the size of your onion.  Make them small for smaller cuts.  Be careful not to cut through the root.
  • Some people make a horizontal cut between steps 3 and 4.  This is largely a preference although each of us has our own version of what’s ‘right.’  I would never do that because I think it produces randomly sized pieces of onions and is just ‘wrong’ – but I know the people who do insist on that cut think I’m just as wrong.  I love things like that in life. :)
  • Continue to cut on step 4 and you will end up with a pile of identically sized onion bits.

That’s all there is to it!

Comments

  1. For an even smaller dice, cut along the veins of the onion, so your cuts make a kind of fan. Holds together beautifully and you can make as few or as many cuts as you need.

  2. The horizontal cut you scoff at would have prevented that long-ish piece you can see in the fourth picture, in the top-left of the cut bits. One, or even two (for a bruinoise) horizontal cuts would save you from either picking the long bits out, or having the chef berate you for all to see! To be fair, now I don’t even bother with this technique. At home, I just half the onion, slice through it in one direction, then the other. I find if they’re fresh and you don’t over-handle them once they’re halved, they stay together fine.

  3. This is very helpful! My wife and I are looking at this wide-eyed like, how did we not know the thing about leaving the roots on! Totally awesome, and thanks for sharing!!

    • Thanks so much for mentioning! Sometimes I wonder if I’m the last one to learn such tricks; I’m sure there’s many of us. Don’t you just love things like that though? I find my mind is constantly melting by finding out things that I should have known before! I really think that’s why I enjoy the kitchen so much! :)

      Smiles – have fun with the roots! :) J

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