Dice An Onion With Ease

Whole onion before dicingThe art of cooking well comes from experience. Sometimes we forget that what seems to us today to be simple to do took a little while to learn how to do right. It occured to us that one of those items is diced onions. We’re all so used to seeing them on salad bars, hamburgers, etc — diced onions surround us everywhere. Yet dicing an onion isn’t one of those skills that is readily apparent.

So we’ve put together a step by step lesson on dicing an onion.

Onion with top and bottom removedFirst, choose an onion of suitable size for your meal. A two inch diameter onion will make about one cup of diced onion. The one in the pictures here is a large 3 1/2″ sweet onion. We’re only going to dice half of it, saving the other half in the refrigerator for tomorrow.

Second, cut off the top and bottom of the onion, and discard the pieces.

Next, make a small slit on the side of the onion, just into the first layer, and remove the skin. Peeled onion revealing slit from peeling skin

Today, we only needed the amount of half of the onion, so we cut the onion in half, and set the flat side down on the cutting board. Having the flat side down makes it so that cutting the onion is a stable action. The onion isn’t going to roll around on us so it decreases the risk of getting accidently cut by the knife.

The next step is to slice the onion across the rings. This is the most important step and it sets up the next step which will utilize the natural ring structure, and the slices we create here to produce the dices of onion. Slicing onion in preparation for diced onions

The final step is to turn the sliced onion one quarter turn, and then to cut the onion across the sliced rings. The result in each slice will be about 1 tbsp of raw diced onion. You can slice finer or thicker to produce diced onions of the thickness you desire. Dicing the onion

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