How to Cut Green Onions (Scallions)

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Freshly chopped scallions, also known as green onions, are easy to cut with just a knife and cutting board. Chopping scallions is perfect for meal prep and all of your recipesneeds.

slicing green onions on a cutting board

Learning how to cut spring onions is simple, quick, and a great way to stay ahead on meal prep. Chop green onions whenever you need to garnish savory dishes or appetizers for deliciously fresh flavors.

Did you know you can cut an entire onion for all of its pieces? Cutting a whole green onion is a tasty way for savory hot ramen, broth, pizza, and more.

scallions on wooden cutting board

How to Use and Cook Green Onions

You can use fresh scallions for all sorts of things! Slice the green onion to serve atop salads, casseroles, pasta dishes, and other savory dishes to add extra levels of fresh flavors.

Cook green onions in your favorite stir fry and ramen recipes whenever you want something bold and nourishing. Green onions can also be used to garnish dips and sauces!

How to Store Green Onions

Once the onions have been washed and sliced, lightly dry them off with a paper towel or linen. Be sure to get rid of all of the excess moisture so the onions do not wilt.

three onions on a cutting board with paper towel

Next, wrap the scallions in plastic wrap or a paper towel, then place them in an airtight bag. Refrigerate the green onions until ready to use.

How to Chop Scallions

First, wash the green onions, then place them on a wooden cutting board. With a sharp knife, cut the roots off the tips of the scallions as shown below.

Next, with the knife, slice ½-inch thick slices horizontally across the green onions. Repeat until you have sliced up the green part of the scallion.

Use the white parts of the scallion for stir-fries, soups, sautéed vegetables, etc.

The green sections of the scallion can be used for salads, garnishes, soups, dips, and more!

sliced green onions on cutting board

Tips

  • Store the sliced green onions in the freezer to have in advance.
  • Refrigerate any uncut scallions until ready to use.
  • Be sure to wash the onions before slicing.
  • Make sure the knife you are using is sharp.
sliced green onions on wooden cutting board

Frequently Asked Questions

What part of a green onion do you cut off?

The entire scallion can be used for cooking and garnishes! Just be sure to cut off the roots of the onion.

Can you eat the white part of the green onion?

Yes, the white part of a green onion is a little more bitter than the green part and is commonly used for sautéeing and cooking.

Are green onions and scallions the same thing?

Yes! Green onions and scallions are the same thing and are referred to as one another.

sliced scallions on wooden cutting board

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slicing green onions on a cutting board

How to Cut Green Onions (Scallions)

Freshly chopped scallions, also known as green onions, are easy to cut with just a knife and cutting board. Chopping scallions is perfect for meal prep and all of your recipes' needs.
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 1 onion
Author: Rena

Equipment

  • 1 Sharp knife
  • 1 wooden cutting board

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch green onions

Instructions

  • First, wash and dry the green onions. Chop the root tips off the scallions with the knife.
  • Slice ½-inch thick slices into the green onion and repeat until all of the green sections of the scallions have been cut.
  • Store any unused fresh scallions.

Notes

  • Store the sliced green onions in the freezer to have in advance.
  • Refrigerate any uncut scallions until ready to use.
  • Be sure to wash the onions before slicing.
  • Make sure the knife you are using is sharp.
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