The Easiest Way to Peel an Onion

In a profession defined by speed, execution, and quality, menial tasks can be outright frustrating. Something as simple as peeling an onion can take essential time out of your schedule, limiting how much attention you can pay to other dishes coming out the line. In the spirit of maximizing efficiency, we’ve found a helpful, repeatable technique that can consistently shave off some of your prep time. Save your sanity and starting peeling onions like a pro.

  • Assuming that you’ve followed proper storage and handling guidelines, grab your onion of choice along with a stainless steel or ceramic knife. Avoid iron knives as they will cause discoloration.
  • Place your onion stem up and make a vertical slice directly through the center. From there, cut off the root and stem portion of each half so you’re left with two flat sides on each half. Now, you should be able to slide the peel off with no effort!
  • If you’re still having a hard time getting the peel off, your onion is most likely underripe. Applying a little heat to the peel side of you onion will loosen up the skin! We’ve found that simply stabbing the halved onion with a fork and holding it against a hot pan will do the trick. 
  • From here, it’s important to give your onion a quick rinse to remove any lingering skin. After this is done, you should be able to cut and dice the onion to your heart’s content!
    • Fun Fact: Washing onions after peeling helps stop your eyes from watering.