How to Slice An Onion Longitudinally

Basic Cooking Techniques

 
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Ryan GoodwinPublished on 77 days ago

There are a ton of ways to cut an onion. Over time, you tend to favor different cuts for different dishes. I favor longitudinal slices for stews and braises because they provide a little more texture than slicing at latitude. The difference is subtle, but I think it's worth looking at.

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What you will need

1 onion

1 sharp knife

How to cook

1

Cut the onion in half

Imagine the root and stem tips as the poles of the onion. Slice through those two points.

2

Remove tips

Take a small slice off each pole on both halves. This just helps keep some stem and skin out of the final slices.

3

Peel

Remove the papery outer skin from each half. Sometimes you need to remove 2 or 3 layers to get rid of all of the skin.

4

Slice towards axis

A little difficult to describe. If the onion were a globe, you would be slicing along longitudinal lines, from surface to axis. So, starting with your blade nearly parallel to the board, slice towards the axis of the onion.

5

Rotate slicing

Continue slicing from skin to core, reducing the angle of the blade, slice by slice.

6

Continue

As you reach up and over the center, you can continue, or flip the onion to itโ€™s opposite side for a better vantage and repeat as before until slicing is complete.

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