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how to cut green onions

How To Cut Green Onions

  • Author: William Mack
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Varies


Learn how to prepare green onions, also called scallions, for best flavor and presentation in your next meal. Here’s a step-by-step guide that works well with almost any cuisine.


  • Green Onions, 1 bunch


  1. Rinse the green onions thoroughly under cold water to remove any debris. person cleaning green onion
  2. Remove any wilted, brown, or slimy tops and outer layers by hand
    person holding whole green onions

An Optional Modification

If you prefer an angled bias cut, rather than rounds, position the product so that it is angled down towards your cutting hand. This way your knife should cross the product at a non-right angle. It will shape the cuts with a nice angular presentation!


Divide the onion greens (tops) and whites (bottoms), and select the most appropriate parts for your intended use. Also, be sure to use a sharp knife. You’ll want the blade to slice cleanly through the product rather than crushing it.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Knife Skills
  • Cuisine: Any

Keywords: cutting green onions, how to cut green onions, how to cut scallions