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How to Dice an Onion

Dicing an Onion is a basic kitchen skill. It’s easy once you know how. Today we will learn how to mince an onion. 

Why This Recipe for How to Dice an Onion Works. 

  • Easy
  • Fast
  • Best way to avoid cutting your fingers. 

Here’s How It’s Done. 

STEP 1. Cut the onion in half from the north pole to the south pole

purple onion on a cutting board with knife

 

STEP 2. Peel off the skin and Cut the onion in small layers while holding the onion down with the palm of your hand. 

hand holding onion cut at side into slabs

STEP 2. Cut the onion into slices from the top. 

Knife and onion on cutting board

See how this works? There’s my hand holding the onion open so you can see!!!

hand showing the slices from the topSTEP 5. Cut the onion from the north pole into slices and the minced pieces will fall right off! When you near the south pole, discard the end. 

diced pieces of purple onion

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) about How to Dice an Onion.

What Does Diced Mean? 

Dicing an onion means to cut it into small even pieces that can be used to season a dish. 

How To Dice an Onion Without Crying

Its the fumes that cause you to cry while dicing an onion. If you can avoid the fumes, then you can avoid crying. 

There are lots of ways that people suggest doing this…

  • You can cut the onion under running water.  I don’t recommend this for dicing an onion, because that makes a mess and it’s slippery and you are holding a sharp knife. That’s not ideal. 
  • Burn a candle next to the cutting board. I’ve heard this, tried it and it didn’t work for me. 
  • Wet the cutting board before cutting the onion.  No, just no. Doesn’t work

What DOES work? 

This is what works for me for How to Dice an Onion.

  • I buy onions that generally don’t cause me to cry as badly. For example: Sweet onions, texas onions, vidalia onions and purple onions. 
  • If I HAVE to cute a strong onion, I have a pair of these and they work for me. I think it has to do with the shape of your face. My daughter says they don’t work for her.
  • You can click this photo to go through to Amazon and check it out. I’m an amazon affiliate and this is an amazon link. If you decide to purchase, I will receive a commission which does not affect your purchase price. 

How Do You Peel and Onion Easily? 

Cut the onion in half from the north pole (stem) to the south pole (root end). Then peel the cover straight down and cut it off when dicing an onion. 

How Do You Cut An Onion Into Cubes? 

Follow the instructions in this recipe. That’s How to Dice an Onion.

Can You Save an Onion After Cutting? 

Yes, you can! Simply put it in a resealable plastic bag and put it in the refrigerator.

Why Does My Onion Seem to Grow From the Rings in the Refrigerator? 

That is an onions natural way of trying to heal itself.

Can I Freeze Onions? 

Yes, you sure can! Simply follow the directions in my post, how to freeze onions! 

What’s That Black Stuff on the Outside of My Onion? 

Onions sometimes develop a black powdery dust. No worries. It is on the outside of the onion only. Simply remove the skin and you’ll be fine.

Why Does My Onion Sprout a New Green Top? 

Because onions are living vegetables and it’s doing its best to regenerate!

Can I Eat an Onion That Has Sprouted? 

An onion with a new green top springing from its roof is still safe to eat for dicing an onion . You’ll notice that the onion becomes mushy and smelly and attracts flies at a certain point. 

If you notice that your onion is mushy, don’t eat it. No worries when you want to know How to Dice an Onion.

peas, onion, cheese, bacon and sauce in a bowl

Tips and Tricks for How to Dice an Onion

  • Use fresh firm onions for your recipes, they are the freshest and best for dicing an onion. That’s How to Dice an Onion!
  • If your recipe calls for a certain type of onion, use that type. Onions have a variety of flavors and your recipe is looking for just that flavor. 
  • A small dice to your onion will add a ton of flavor to your recipe. Make sure that the pieces are as evenly cut as you can make them so that all of the pieces are the same size. This will help flavor your dish perfectly. 
  • Here’s lots of information about Onions!

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diced pieces of purple onion

How to Dice an Onion

Dicing an Onion is a basic kitchen skill. It’s easy once you know how. Today we will learn how to mince an onion.
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Course: preparation
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dicing an onion, how to dice an onion
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 11kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 1 onion

Instructions

  • Cut the onion in half from the north pole to the south pole
  • Peel off the outer skin.
  • Cut the onion in small layers while holding the onion down with the palm of your hand.
  • Cut the onion into slices from the top.
  • Cut the onion from the north pole into slices and the minced pieces will fall right off! When you near the south pole, discard the end.

Notes

  • Use fresh firm onions for your recipes, they are the freshest and best.
  • If your recipe calls for a certain type of onion, use that type. Onions have a variety of flavors and your recipe is looking for just that flavor.
  • A small dice to your onion will add a ton of flavor to your recipe. Make sure that the pieces are as evenly cut as you can make them so that all of the pieces are the same size. This will help flavor your dish perfectly.
  • Use a VERY sharp knife, that’s the safest thing to do and then be very careful!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to Dice an Onion
Amount Per Serving
Calories 11 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 40mg1%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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