How to Cut an Onion Without Crying

by Betterbook 📓

The trick is a sharp knife. When you cut an onion with a dull blade, you crush the cells containing the volatile compounds, causing them to spray. Using a sharp knife reduces spray potential.


Step 1

With a sharp chef's knife, remove the stem and blossom ends of the onion.

Step 2

Stand the onion on one of the cut ends and slice it in half vertically. Remove the skin.

Step 3

Place cut side down, with the trimmed ends parallel to your shoulders + perpendicular to the edge of the counter. Draw the blade through the onion 3-4 times. Leave the starting edge intact.

Step 4

Rotate the onion 90 degrees, and draw the knife through it following the contour of the onion, slicing the onion into a small dice.

Step 5

When you come to the intact edge, tip the onion over and dice it with two or three slices.

Step 6

Miss something? Watch it in action.

Step 7