How to Chop

The goal when chopping any vegetable is to end up with equal-size pieces. You can chop most produce lengthwise, then crosswise; onions require an additional step because of the shape.

Photo By: Andrew Purcell

Photo By: Andrew Purcell

Photo By: Andrew Purcell

Photo By: Andrew Purcell

Step 1

Slice 1/2 inch off the stem end of an onion so it will sit flat, then slice the onion in half through the root. Peel both halves.

Step 2

Lay the halves flat-side down. With your knife parallel to the board, make 2 or 3 horizontal cuts; stop before the root end. 

Step 3

Make even vertical cuts, stopping before the root end.

Step 4

Holding the root end and curling your fingers under, slice across the cuts you just made; the pieces will fall away.