How to Peel an Onion Quickly

How to Peel an Onion Quickly

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Try this method to cut and peel any sized onion in seconds!


  1. Cut an onion in half vertically.
  2. Place the two halves "cut side down" on the cutting board.
  3. Cut off the unusable portions at the top and bottom of each half.
  4. Peel back the top layer of each onion half. Your onion is now completely peeled!
  5. Rinse the onion halves under cold water to remove any peel residue. Rinsing also reduces the amount of residue that causes your eyes to water when handling onions.
  6. When an onion is halved, it is much easier to cut into thin slices.
  7. Turn your cutting board ninety degrees after slicing, and you can easily dice your onion as well.


This Cooking with Kids video shows you another quick way to peel an onion and how to cut an onion. See how you can safely cook with your children.


  • If you leave one of the ends attached from the beginning, it is much easier to dice. For slicing however, it is best to remove both ends. Don't forget to remove the end when you are finished slicing.
  • If you don't want to cut onion in halves, make a single shallow cut from top to bottom, just enough to slide the knife tip in and lift off the topmost layer to peel it off.
  • If you wear googles (used by swimmers) you do not have to cry while cutting onions in peaces... it looks quite silly but it helps!!!
  • I find it more effective to stick pieces of tissue into both nostrils to prevent crying when cutting onions, rather than wearing goggles. Or you can hold your breadth. Try it!


  • Always wash fruits and vegetables before you cut them to prevent dragging whatever's on the skin through the food along the knife blade.
  • Always use care when using kitchen knives to avoid cutting yourself.
  • If possible, use a separate cutting board for each of the following: raw meats, poultry, cooked foods, seafood, fruit and vegetables, and dairy, to avoid cross-contamination (for example, bacteria found in raw meat juices can contaminate vegetables, if you use the same board). After each use, scrub the cutting board with hot, soapy water.
  • Use a non-serrated knife: a serrated knife will twist in the onion as it cuts, and create uneven slices, and if you're not careful, injure you!
  • Washing your hands along with the stainless steel knife after slicing an onion (or garlic) will remove the scent from your fingers.

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