At DelightedCooking, we're committed to delivering accurate, trustworthy information. Our expert-authored content is rigorously fact-checked and sourced from credible authorities. Discover how we uphold the highest standards in providing you with reliable knowledge.

Learn more...

How Do I Chop Spring Onions?

Chopping spring onions is simple: start by trimming the roots, then slice thinly using a sharp knife for the white part, and more thickly for the green. Rinse to remove dirt, and pat dry. This technique ensures a burst of flavor in your dishes. Curious about incorporating them into your next meal? Let's explore some tantalizing recipes together.
Eugene P.
Eugene P.

Spring onions usually are sold whole and have two distinct parts, the smallish white bulb at the base and the long, fibrous green leaves that make up the top. Depending on the desired size of the chopped pieces, a spring onion can be very easy to chop, because it basically is a long, single strip that can be evenly cut crosswise down the entire length to make small white circles from the bulb and rings or thin strips of the green leaves, if they are being used. Larger spring onions might require special attention, especially for the white bulb, which might need to be treated more like a yellow onion and cut in different directions to get smaller cubes. For a very fine dice, spring onions should be chopped and then the knife should be run back through the resulting pieces until they are as small as needed.

Before chopping spring onions, it is important to wash them to prevent a large amount of dirt and grit from being spread throughout the chopped pieces. The space between the green leaves sometimes holds sand or other material that should be removed under running water. A thin, translucent layer of skin that should be removed might be on the outside of the bulb and the pale area of the green leaves.

Spring onions have long green leaves at one end and a white bulb at the other.
Spring onions have long green leaves at one end and a white bulb at the other.

For spring onions that are fairly uniform in width from the bulb to the top of the leaves, the first step is to trim off the top of the green leaves so they are evenly aligned and any frayed pieces are removed. Badly wilted leaves also can be cut out. The small knot of roots at the base of the white bulb should be cut away. The remaining part of the spring onion can then be sliced crosswise to the desired thickness. The green leaves might be more difficult to cut than the bulb because they are more fibrous, so a sharp knife should be used for the best results.

Spring onions may be used in salads.
Spring onions may be used in salads.

If spring onions have particularly large bulbs at their base, then the first step should be to separate the leaves from the bulb. The bulb can first be cut in half and each half sliced into thin pieces against the direction of the rings to make thin strips. The knife can be run carefully through the pile of onion strips to create small cubes. Should the bulb be very large, then the same methods that are used to chop regular sized onions can be used.

You might also Like

Discussion Comments


@Wisedly33: I like to use them in Mexican food. I love the layered taco salad, where you mix a can of refried beans with some taco seasoning and layer it with chopped tomatoes or salsa, sour cream, cheese and lettuce and top with the spring onions. That's one of my go-to dishes to take to a party or a church potluck. It’s really good.


I really like to use spring onions. They're much easier to chop than regular onions, and if you want a less prominent onion flavor, you can just chop the white part.

Post your comments
Forgot password?
    • Spring onions have long green leaves at one end and a white bulb at the other.
      By: andersphoto
      Spring onions have long green leaves at one end and a white bulb at the other.
    • Spring onions may be used in salads.
      By: A_Lein
      Spring onions may be used in salads.