Our Guide To Chopping Spring Onions Like An Absolute Pro
Spring onions are delicious, versatile and one of the main elements of our favourite Chinese takeaway staple: duck pancakes, as well as one of the best ways to add colour and a pop of fresh flavour to meals.
But they can be a little tricky to cut – they are slippery little suckers after all, and no-one wants huge uneven chunks of spring onion adorning their dinner time creation.
So, if you want to know the best way to cut, chop and slice spring onions (also known as green onions and scallions to our friends across the pond), you’ve come to the right place!
How to cut spring onions
First up, it’s important to give your spring onions a little rinse under cold water. Pay special attention to getting the water down the open top of the spring onions, as that’s often where soil gets trapped, and you only notice it when you start slicing and end up with a chopping board covered in dirt. Yuk.
Once you’ve rinsed your spring onions and removed any excess water (tip them upside down so no water gets trapped in the green tops), you’re going to want to remove any mucky, dry or wilted outer leaves.
Line up your spring onions in a neat row, then – using a nice sharp knife – chop off the root end of the spring onions aka the hairy bit at the white end.
Using a rocking/circular motion, continue to slice the spring onions all the way up to the end – the green part is just as good as the white bit. But feel free to leave any scraggly-looking ends.
Sometimes recipes will call for your spring onions to be cut on the diagonal in pieces that are an inch or so long. If this is the case, do everything the same apart from, when you cut the spring onions, put your knife on an angle, which will give you lovely diagonal pieces.
How to slice spring onions
If you’re looking to use spring onions in duck pancakes, or any recipe that requires long, thin slices or strips of spring onions, this can be a little more fiddly but still super-easy.
Follow the previous steps up until the bit where you start cutting the spring onion. Cut each spring onion into three sections – these should be about 2 – 3 inches in length. Then, using a rocking motion, carefully finely slice them lengthways until you get the size of slices you require. Et voila: perfectly sliced spring onions!
Can you freeze spring onions?
If you’ve sliced too many spring onions for what you need them for, did you know you can freeze them? Simply pop the sliced spring onions into a freezer bag and get that baby in the freezer. When it’s time to use them, take them out of the freezer and chuck them straight in a pan frozen if you’re cooking with them, or allow them to defrost if you’re planning to use them as a fresh garnish. They won’t be as crispy as they would be fresh, but they’ll still taste delicious.
Spring onion recipes
We have a load of spring onion recipes here at Delish:
Growing spring onions
Now you've got the hang of cutting your spring onions like the pro chef you are, you can have a go at growing them yourself!
The good news is that you don't need any seeds or soil to grow spring onions in your kitchen. You can simply set the root ends of your spring onion cuttings in about an inch of water in a water glass or jar. Make sure they're facing upright, then place in a sunny warm spot like a windowsill and in about two weeks you'll have brand new spring onions you can use in all your favourite recipes. You'll need to change the water every few days to keep it fresh, but that's it!