As we continue with knife skills, here is a photo tutorial on how to dice an onion. I did swipe some of the pics from the how to slice an onion tutorial, because why reinvent the wheel? It will take practice to pick up speed and unless you’re making an exceedingly fancy dish, a perfectly even dice isn’t critical. As long as the pieces are roughly the same size they will be fine for most applications. Generally the sides of a diced onion are 1/4″ or so. This will determine whether two or three planks* need to be cut.
*We’ll get there, don’t worry.
Grab the onion, a knife, and a cutting board.
Slice the tip off of the onion.
Grip the onion with the tips of your fingers, if the knife slips, it will most likely come in contact with fingernails rather than flesh. Slice the onion with even cuts, again being careful to not cut all the way through the root.
Turn the onion, adjust your grip to hold the slices together by gently squeezing with the tip of the pinky and thumb. Begin cutting perpendicular -at a right angle- to the slices made in the previous step.
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1These are an affiliate link to the knives I use most frequently. They are of decent quality, but I don’t feel the need to obsess over their care as I would if I had the knives I daydream about. Even without care obsession, this set has lasted ten years and the handles and blades are still in good shape, despite my abuse.