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How To Quarter an Onion

Knowing how to quarter an onion is an important kitchen skill that will help you make AMAZING roast beef, stews, baked chicken and ANY number of other dishes!

Photo of a basket of onions with blue towel for how to quarter an onion

Onions in a basket

Why This Technique Works….

  • It’s EASY
  • Simple
  • Saves you TIME and MONEY!

Here’s How It’s Done…


Peel off any extremely loose papery skin on the outside. Then using a sharp knife, cut the onion in half.

Halve the onion


Cut the onion in half the other way.

Cut the half in half


Peel the remaining onion skin off and discard.

Peel off the outside skin

Frequently Asked Questions About How To Quarter an Onion (FAQ’s)

What Kind Of Onions Does This Work On?

This recipe works on yellow onions, sweet onions and even red onions! ANY onion can be QUARTERED!

What Kind Of Knife Do I Need To Use?

A good sharp kitchen knife is an important tool for this project. Here’s an informative article about that very topic! 

Why Do I Need to Quarter an Onion?

Onions make GREAT flavor enhancers for all kinds of dishes!

  • It’s common to  find quartered onions in soups, stews, braised meat dishes and crockpot dinners.
  • A quartered onion in a dish will impart a lovely flavor (even if you don’t eat the onion).
  • You’ll find quartered onions in the chicken stock I make (put it in the water to boil).
  • I use onions in my one dish baked chicken leg quarters too!

PRO TIP:  A quartered onion is easy to peel!

What IS an Onion Quarter?

Essentially, it is just cutting the onion into four pieces. The pieces look like wedges when you are done.

How Do I Cut An Onion Without Crying?

There are many theories about why onions cause you to cry. I’ve always had the best luck with keeping the fumes away from my eyes.

I use Onion Goggles to do this. THEY WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR SEX APPEAL.

You can find some here (CLICK THE PHOTO)… (Amazon affiliate link. I am an Amazon Affiliate and receive a commission if you decide to purchase).

Other suggested ways to keep from crying…

Freeze the onion for 20 minutes before cutting.


  • How To Cut an Onion into Wedges and This Post are the SAME thing.
  • ONLY use a very sharp knife to cut onions.
  • Cut your onion on a cutting board.

PRO TIP:  The root end of the onion acts like glue to hold the onion together! Use that to your advantage when cutting onions. 

Hello Onion

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How To Quarter an Onion

How To Quarter an Onion

This post describes how to quarter an onion.

Prep Time 1 minute
Active Time 3 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $0.00


  • 1 Onion (any kind)


  • 1 Sharp Knife


  1. Remove the loose onion skin from the outside of the onion.
  2. Cut off the stem end of the onion.
  3. Slice the onion down the middle stem to root
  4. Turn the onion and cut it across the middle at the equator.
  5. Peel off the remaining skin.
  6. Cut off the root end from each quarter.


This technique neatly removes all the skin so that you aren't struggling with it.

By retaining the root end until you are finished slicing, the root holds the onion together for you.

PRO TIP: If you pull the quartered pieces apart, you will have lovely onion petals.


Remembering foods we enjoyed….

Numbers 11:5

We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic


Wendi is the writer, CEO and dishwasher at Loaves and Dishes! When not in the kitchen or behind the computer, you can find Wendi serving on International Food Conference Boards, Speaking at various conferences, Leading and Cooking for the local Arts Council's "Taste of Stokes" events or donating home cooked goodies to various local non profits such as the Danbury Songwriters and Stokes Partnership for Children. Wendi is also a Registered Nurse with a Master's Degree and serves on her town's board of councilmen.

Syd Carr

Friday 13th of November 2020

Really easy to follow with great results.


Friday 13th of November 2020

5 stars all the way to the moon!

Wendi Spraker

Monday 16th of November 2020

Thanks Syd!

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