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Learn how to cut green onions (aka scallions) for any recipe! This step-by-step guide and video covers basic slicing, chopping, and cuts to elevate your dishes with this versatile ingredient.

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Wondering how to cut green onions but not sure the best way? Green onions are one of our favorite things to cut because they’re just so easy. In fact, scallions or green onions are a great place to start with knife skills. Grab your knife and let’s get started on how to cut scallions, with a step by step guide and video!

How to cut green onions: step by step

Here is our step-by-step guide to how to cut scallions, with detailed photos for each part of the method.

Step 1: Remove any outer layers of the green onions that look bad or wilted.

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

Step 2: Using a large chef’s knife, chop off the root end and the tough top part of the green end.

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

Step 3a: To thinly slice the green onions, line up the onions and thinly slice them using a circular motion with your knife.

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

Step 3b: 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.

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

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.

How long do green onions last?

When stored properly in the refrigerator, green onions can last 1 to 2 weeks. To maximize their lifespan, store green onions upright in a jar or glass with a little water at the bottom, changing the water every few days. Chopped green onions last refrigerated in a sealed container for about 5 days (they become drier over time).

Tip: use a great chef knife

A good knife can drastically improve your time in the kitchen! We’ve had our chef knives for over 10 years and they still work great. Our favorite knife is this 7″ Chef’s Knife. For safe storage, you can use a drawer knife organizer like this one. Make sure to keep your knives sharpened using a local service or home knife sharpener.

Ways to use green onions

Now that you know how to cut green onions, here are some of our favorite green onion recipes for you to try:

Frequently asked questions

What part of the green onion do I use?

You can use both the white and green parts of the green onion. The white part has a milder onion flavor, while the green part has a stronger, more pungent taste.

Do I need to wash green onions before cutting?

Yes, it’s important to wash green onions thoroughly under cold running water to remove any dirt or debris.

Can I cut green onions ahead of time?

Yes, you can cut green onions in advance and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days.

Can I freeze cut green onions?

You can freeze green onions if you plan to use them in a cooked dish from frozen. When frozen, the texture can become mushy so they are no longer good raw.

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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

Description

Learn how to cut green onions (aka scallions) for any recipe! This step-by-step guide and video covers basic slicing, chopping, and cuts to elevate your dishes with this versatile ingredient.


Ingredients

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  • 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

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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4 Comments

  1. Gail says:

    Thank you so much!! I had no idea how to prepare green onions and you taught me how! :)






  2. Jake says:

    Sonja, you didn’t show…did you chop all of the green?
    Also – I always tear those roots off and eat the bulb by biting it off. Do you use it for anything?
    Thanks, Jake

    1. Sonja Overhiser says:

      Yes, we finished shopped off camera! We usually slice up the bulb with the rest of the greens, but depends on the recipe!

  3. Bob says:

    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.