technique

Onions are an important ingredient in a lot of recipes, but you usually need to chop or slice them before you start cooking. Shallots are smaller, milder cousins to onions, but you can use the same technique to chop and slice them. If working with a small shallot, there’s no need to cut it in half.

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How to Chop Onions

How to Chop an Onion

Halve onion through root end, then use your fingers to remove peel. Trim top of onion.

Place onion half flat side down. Starting 1 inch from root end, make several vertical cuts.

Rotate onion and slice across first cuts. As you slice, onion will fall apart into chopped pieces.

How to Slice Onions

How to Slice Onions

Slice onion in half through root end, then use your fingers to remove peel.

Place onion halves flat side down on cutting board. Trim off ends and discard. Then slice onion vertically into thin strips (follow the grain—the long stripes on the onion).