How to prepare an onion or shallot


How to prepare an onion or shallot
Onions and shallots are widely used in the recipes on this site, generally finely chopped. Here is a method to do it quite easily with a simple knife.
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Last modified on: February 21th 2011

Keywords for this recipe:PreparingOnionPeelingWashingCuttingHowto
You will need:
  • 0 onion 1 onion
  • Total weight: 125 grams

How long does it take?
Time required for this recipe:
PreparationStart to finish
10 min.10 min.

Step by step recipe


Stage 1 - 1 min.
How to prepare an onion or shallot : Photo of step #1
Place an onion or shallot on its side.

Stage 2 - 1 min.
How to prepare an onion or shallot : Photo of step #2
Cut off the base (about ½ cm or ¼") and discard.

Stage 3 - 1 min.
How to prepare an onion or shallot : Photo of step #3
Do the same with the top.

Stage 4 - 1 min.
How to prepare an onion or shallot : Photo of step #4
Slit the whole height of the skin down the side.

Stage 5 - 1 min.
How to prepare an onion or shallot : Photo of step #5
Peel off the skin to leave just the white flesh.

Stage 6 - 1 min.
How to prepare an onion or shallot : Photo of step #6
Rinse and dry.

Stage 7
How to prepare an onion or shallot : Photo of step #7
Cut in half lengthways.

Stage 8 - 1 min.
How to prepare an onion or shallot : Photo of step #8
Place flat side down, and slice horizontally, but without cutting right to the end, so that the slices are still held together.

Stage 9 - 1 min.
How to prepare an onion or shallot : Photo of step #9
Then slice vertically, again without cutting right to the end. You will then have small sticks held together by the uncut portion.

Stage 10 - 1 min.
How to prepare an onion or shallot : Photo of step #10
And finally, slice downwards, as if slicing the half shallot normally, to cut into small pieces ready to add to your recipe.

Stage 11 - 1 min.
How to prepare an onion or shallot : Photo of step #11
Finish by chopping the uncut portion.

Stage 12
How to prepare an onion or shallot : Photo of step #12
Do the same with the other half, and your shallot is ready for use.

Stage 13
See all this steps in a small video.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
51 Kcal or 214 Kj2 gr11 gr0 gr
3 %1 %1 %0 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
41 Kcal or 172 Kj1 gr9 gr0 gr
2 %1 %1 %0 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
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Source
Home made.
This recipe uses (among others)
OnionOnion: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Paella, Seafood sauerkraut, Mexican ceviche, Rillettes stuffed mushrooms, Endives "bonne femme", ... All
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