How to... Dice an onion

One of my long lasting take-aways from home economic classes at school was how to easily and quickly dice an onion. Over the years I have witnessed many people struggling with this or doing it in a way that could end up in the loss of fingers so I thought I would share this little nugget with you!


1. Cut the top, then slice in half
Slice about half an inch off the top of the onion and discard. Turn the onion to rest on this flat end and slice in half vertically.

Tip: If you’re only using half of the onion, leave the skin on and wrap what you’re not using in plastic wrap or an air tight container.


2. Peel off the papery layers
Remove and discard the skin.


3. Chop vertically
Take one onion half and lay it flat. Holding the root end, carefully cut vertically, making sure not to slice through the root.

Tip: Leaving the root side intact makes chopping easier.


4. Chop horizontally
Rotate the onion and slice vertically down through the onion, still leaving the root end intact. Discard the root end and repeat with the remaining half of the onion if desired.

Tip: The closer together the initial horizontal and vertical cuts are, the smaller the dice.