How to Slice Green Onions

Or scallions, or even negi

 
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Ryan GoodwinPublished on 59 days ago

Maybe it's a little weird, but scallions are my favorite thing to slice. And this is a great practice task if you're just learning to cook. They look so cool when they're done neatly, and they add a lot of color and flavor to a dish. You do need to have a sharp knife because they're delicate, and a dull knife will do more smashing than slicing.

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What you will need

1 sharp knife

1 bundle of scallions

How to cook

1

Clean and trim

Clean any dirt or silt from the bundle. Slice off the root and tips and remove any yellowed or otherwise unpalatable sheath from around the stock.

2

Line them up

To speed things up, I make my first slice right through the center, and then I line the lengths all up together. Notice how I just reduced my slicing time by half?

3

Slice

And this is why this is great practice for your slicing technique. Look at how I use my knuckles to guide the blade and protect my fingers as I walk them down the lengths of green onion.

4

Through to the end

Also notice that the blade moves in a rotating pattern, moving forward as it descends. If the blade moves straight downwards, you will squish the scallions instead of slicing them.

Also notice that the blade moves in a rotating pattern, moving forward as it descends. If the blade moves straight downwards, you will squish the scallions instead of slicing them.

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