How to Cut Green Onions (5 Easy Ways)

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Learning how to cut is a surefire way to improve your ability in the kitchen – and impress your friends! If you’re just beginning, cutting green onions is a great way to practice your knife skills.

Green onions chopped in different ways

You might think an entire blog post on how to cut green onions is an odd choice. But knife skills are the fundamental basics of any good cook and this petite veggie is a great option for practice.

Plus, sliced green onions are a versatile addition to a variety of dishes. They can be used as a garnish or as an extra vegetable incorporated into salads. These are my five easy ways how to cut green onions, varying in complexity and visual aesthetics. 

How to Prepare Green Onions

Take your green onions and wash them under running water to remove any dirt. Pat them dry. Trim and discard the root ends and any dry or discolored parts of the onions. You may also want to peel the top leaves/outer layers. 

Prepped green onions with removed root ends

How to Cut Green Onions

These are five different ways to cut scallions/green onions, each producing a different size and shape. While preparing your green onions, consider what will suit your particular dish. I also recommend using a sharp chef’s knife and a cutting board to cut green onion scallions. Then follow these easy step-by-step instructions.

Tiny Rings

Tiny rings are a great way to add some texture and color to dishes like tacos, sandwiches, and salads. They are also great as a garnish for soups or sauces. 

Thinly slice your green onions crosswise to create small rings. You can slice only the green parts. Keep the white parts for cooking or to regrow the spring onions.

Green onions cut into small rings

Thick Slices

Better for grilling or roasting, chopped green onions in thick slices will hold up well during cooking. And they will develop a beautiful char or caramelization. This cut is also good for adding texture and crunch to stir-fries or to salads.

For thick slices, cut green onions crosswise into thick slices of around ¼ to ½ inches thick.

Green onions cut into small pieces

Bias Cut

The most aesthetically pleasing cut, these are great for garnishes and add a lot of texture and flavor to your dishes. 

Place your knife at a 45-degree angle and slice the green onions into small pieces.

 

Steps for cutting onions at a bias

Thin Strips

Otherwise known as the “Julienne” technique, this particular option is best for salads and sandwiches if you want some extra crunch. 

Use your knife to carve thin, long strips out of the green onions. You’ll want a particularly sharp knife for this one – I like using a pairing knife. Be careful with your fingers and go as slow as you need to. 

Steps for cutting thin strips of green onions

Curls for Garnish

Before creating this garnish, slice off the white part of the green onions. The white stems can be used for cooking, but they are not useful for making curls.

Stack the green stalks and cut them into a strong bias. With a sharp knife, cut green onions into very thin strips. The longer the bias, the more curl you’ll get. Place slices into a bowl of iced water – this will cause the green onions to curl. 

Steps for making green onions into curls

How to Store Cut Green Onions

Once you know how to cut green onions, the next trick is learning how to store green onions.

Fridge: Place the chopped green stems in an airtight container or plastic bag. They’ll keep in the fridge for 2-3 days. 

Freezer: Place the chopped green onions in a freezer-safe bag or container. Remove as much air as possible before sealing. Freeze the green onions. Cut green onions will keep for up to 12 months.

Storing green onions in a zip lock bag

Tips for the Perfect Chopped Green Onions

Avoid slimy onions and keep your food safe using these tips before cutting and adding green onions to recipes:

  • Rinse the onions under cool tap water and remove any wilted or damaged tops or slimy skins.
  • Squeeze the excess water out of the green onions and place them on a dry paper towel.
  • A very sharp knife should be used when slicing green onions to prevent bruising.

FAQs

How do you keep green onions from getting slimy?

Wrap the scallions in a damp paper towel. Then tuck them into an airtight bag, and store them in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.

How do you get the green onion smell off your hands?

I recommend scrubbing your hands with lemon juice.

Can I grow onions from onion bulbs and roots?

Yes! All you need is the white bulb, a jar, and water. You can follow my How-to Guide here.

Using the white parts of green onions

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If you try any of these methods for cutting green onions, let me know how it goes in the comments below. I’d appreciate a recipe card rating and would love to see your recipe recreations – tag me on Instagram @Alphafoodie!

How to Cut Green Onions (5 Easy Ways)

5 from 6 votes
By: Samira
Learning how to cut is a surefire way to improve your ability in the kitchen – and impress your friends! If you're just beginning, cutting green onions is a great way to practice your knife skills.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients  

  • 4 stalks green onion or as much as needed

Instructions 

  • Wash the green onions under running water to remove any dirt. Pat them dry. Trim and discard the root ends and any dry or discolored parts of the onions. You may also want to peel the top leaves/outer layers. 

Tiny Rings

  • Thinly slice your green onions crosswise to create small rings. Usually, you only need to slice the green parts. The whites can be kept aside for cooking or to regrow the onions.

Thick Slices

  • Cut green onions crosswise into thick slices of around ¼ to ½ inches thick.

Bias Cut

  • Place your knife at a 45-degree angle and slice the green onions into small pieces.

Thin Strips

  • Use your knife to carve thin, long strips out of the green onions. You'll want a particularly sharp knife for this one – I like using a pairing knife. Be careful with your fingers and go as slow as you need to. 

Curls for Garnish

  • Slice off the white part (not useful for curls). Stack the green stalks and cut them into a strong bias. With a sharp knife, cut green onions into very thin strips. The longer the bias, the more curl you’ll get.
  • Place the slices into a bowl of iced water for a couple of minutes – this will cause the green onions to curl. 

Notes

How to store the cut green onions?
Fridge: Place the chopped green stems in an airtight container or plastic bag. They’ll keep in the fridge for 2-3 days. 
Freezer: Place the chopped green onions in a freezer-safe bag or container. Remove as much air as possible before sealing. Freeze the green onions. Cut green onions will keep for up to 12 months.
Course: DIYs, Side
Cuisine: American, Global
Freezer friendly: 10-12 Months
Shelf life: 2-3 Days

Nutrition

Calories: 4kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 0.2g, Fat: 0.02g, Saturated Fat: 0.01g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.003g, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 33mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 0.3g, Vitamin A: 120IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 9mg, Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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