Knife Skills: How To Dice An Onion

If you're a home chef who loves cooking, you'll love chopped onions because they make virtually every dish extra special. Chopped onions are useful in many diverse ways, and they smell great and are delicious! But what is the correct way to dice onions?

Get a Chef's Knife and a Chopping Board

You need a chopping board that you can use to cut the onions on. You should also have a chef's knife that is sharp and easy to handle.

A Chef's Knife

There are plenty of things you can do to make chopping onions easier, but one of the easiest and most effective things you can do is use a sharp blade. Thin cuts are easier and less messy to make, but it's also easier to see what you're chopping and have a better idea of how big you're cutting your pieces. You'll also be able to cut through the vegetable much faster without getting frustrated or tempted to throw the knife-and-onion clump across the room!

A Cutting Board

When purchasing a cutting board, it's best to opt for either plastic or bamboo to avoid the risk of cross-contamination. That's because wooden cutting boards sometimes host invisible bacteria that can get mixed into ingredients which we all know is food poisoning waiting to happen.

The Procedure for Dicing Onions

Get the best flavors and textures by following these simple dicing steps.

Step 1: Prepare the Onion

Take the onion, remove any dirt that may be on it, then peel off the outer skin with your fingers, or a knife.

Step 2: Cut It in Half

Cut the onion half lengthwise through its root and tip (either horizontally or vertically). The cut must be made so that your cuts will run parallel to the roots.

Step 3: Peel Off the Skin and the Ends of the Onion

The skin should come off easily with one hand; use a paring knife only if necessary to loosen it from stubborn spots in between some of the layers

Step 4: Make Cuts Across the Width

With one half of the onion facing down on the board, cut into it along its width, making as many slices as you want.

Step 5: Make Perpendicular Cuts to Your First Cuts

Rotate 90 degrees and slice through the onion again (making sure to slice through to your cutting board). This last step should leave you with perfect cubes of onion!

Master Your Knife Skills

Dicing onions can be intimidating, but if you know the right way to do it, you'll be able to dice an onion with ease. It takes a sharp knife, a little bit of patience and dexterity, and some basic knowledge.