How to Cut an Onion

Put away that hankie. This quick onion dicing method will keep your eyes nice and dry, so you can get back to cooking up something yummy!



sharp chef’s knife: we love this Zwilling knife via Sur La Table


  1. Peel onion.
  2. Chop off end, leaving root end in tact. This helps keep tears at bay.
  3. Slice onion in half through the root.
  4. Make two horizontal slices (parallel to the cutting board). It’s important that you stop just short of the root.
  5. Make a series of cuts along the ridges of the onion, perpendicular to the horizontal cuts. Again, be sure to stop just short of the root.
  6. Finally, slice all the way to the root, allowing the onion to fall apart in perfectly diced pieces.

Photography by Rachel Solomon.

Sarah is founder of Emma magazine. Featured by West Elm and Design Sponge for her interior styling, she makes regular appearances on a variety of morning shows sharing culinary and design expertise. Born and raised in Arizona, she received her degree in broadcast journalism from Arizona State just before moving to Hollywood as the goody-goody roommate on the 20th season of MTV’s The Real World. She has since dabbled in culinary school and enjoys nesting and baking with her husband, son and daughter.

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