How to Cut Green Onions

Wondering how to cut green onions? Here’s a step by step guide and video that shows you all you need to know about how to cut scallions.

Video: How to cut green onions

Are you wondering how to cut green onions (how to cut scallions) but not sure the best way? Or even where to cut green onions? Green onions are one of Alex and my favorite things to cut because they’re so easy. Scallions or green onions are a great vegetable to start on to hone your knife skills. We use this method for cutting green onions all the time, like when we make our chickpea salad sandwich or as a topping for our Thai curry naan pizzas. Here’s our step by step guide for how to cut green onions, including a video of me cutting green onions in our kitchen.

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How to cut green onions step by step

Step 1

How to cut green onions (scallions) | Remove bad layers

Remove any outer layers of the green onions that look bad or wilted.

Step 2

How to cut green onions (scallions) | Chop off ends

Using a large chef’s knife, chop off the root end and the tough top part of the green end.

Step 3a

How to cut green onions (scallions) | Slice with circular motion

Line up the green onions and thinly slice them using a circular motion with your knife.

Step 3b

How to cut green onions (scallions) | Cut on an angle if desired

If your recipe calls for green onions or scallions cut on the bias, place your knife at an angle and use the same slicing motion as in Step 3a.

And there you have it: how to cut green onions (scallions) in 3 easy steps!

Let us know if you try our method for how to cut green onions and how it goes in the comments below.

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How to Cut Green Onions


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: Varies

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Wondering how to cut green onions? Here’s a step by step guide and video that shows you all you need to know about how to cut scallions.


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Ingredients

  • 1 bunch green onions

Instructions

  1. Remove any outer layers of the green onions that look bad or wilted.
  2. Using a large chef’s knife, chop off the root end and the tough top part of the green end.
  3. Line up the green onions and thinly slice them using a circular motion with your knife. If your recipe calls for green onions or scallions cut on the bias, place your knife at an angle and use the same slicing motion.
  • Category: Knife Skills
  • Method: Cutting
  • Cuisine: N/A

Keywords: How to cut green onions, How to cut scallions, Cutting green onions, Where to cut green onions

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

1 Comment

  • Reply
    Bob
    October 8, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    About cutting onions – I don’t do it that way at all. I use kitchen scissors, I also cut them in quarter lengths before cutting them. If I need the white bottom part I slice those lengthwise 1 or 2 times depending on size and leave them attached to the green tops and cut with scissors starting at bulb end.

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