How to finely dice an onion in 30 seconds

I am a sook at the best of times, however I can never seem to dice an onion without crying.  I have tried everything:  

  • wearing my sunglasses
  • soaking them in water
  • putting them in the freezer for 15 minutes
  • using my sharpest knife
  • or just getting hubby to do it

I’m sure you have tried a few of these too!!  A few years ago I learnt of a great gadget that eliminates the tears and also finely dices the onions too.    

The Chefn VeggiChop is big enough to fit in either 1 full onion (sliced in half), 1 carrot roughly chopped, a bag of nuts, celery sticks roughly chopped, the list is endless. The advantage of being able to easily chop your veggies so small is that you can add them to dishes like bolognese, lasagna or soups and the kids would be none the wiser.  There are a few different varieties of these little choppers available, however I love that this one fits a full onion!  The Chefn VeggiChop is available online and instore at Howards Storage World.

I had quite a few vegetables in the fridge recently that needed eating so I made Donna Hay’s Spaghetti Bolognese which I added, onion, carrots and celery.

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Shannon July 26, 2012 - 4:31 PM

I’ve got a tupperware version of this and it has been a saviour in my kitchen.  Also good for herbs, nuts etc. 

Noelene Armstrong July 26, 2012 - 4:36 PM

Our Tupperware’s turbo chef – it topped the sales charts for 2011 and continues to do extremely well in 2012!

Paula July 28, 2012 - 12:42 PM

I love my Tupperware Turbo Chef that does the same job!  Best ever invention.

Karin July 30, 2012 - 12:45 PM

Just wear swimming goggles

FaB Nannies August 1, 2012 - 8:35 AM

I love my happy chopper but happy to try anything new 🙂

Zavier5 August 1, 2012 - 9:06 AM

Love the tupperware version of this as it has a lifetime guarantee!!

Foxy Roxy September 4, 2012 - 9:50 PM

I have a V Slicer. All i have to do is peel the onion. No chopping in half or anything. has 2 sizes for dicing. It also slices the onion for onion rings. Diced onion in less then 20secs

nadcad June 22, 2013 - 1:04 AM

You can also buy onion goggles. Even though they work like swimming goggles they don’t blur your vision like swimming goggles do and you can see what you’re doing. I have some and they work great, About $20.00 at Amazon.

Jodie July 23, 2013 - 2:23 PM

I peel the onion and then quickly chop it into quarters and throw it in the blender. It chops them up into nice pieces and no crying!! All done in ten seconds! Perfect!
(the longer you blend = the smaller the pieces!)

Kim November 16, 2014 - 12:24 PM

I love my Tupperware Turbo Chef which does the same thing. I use it for onion, spinach, kale, carrot and zucchini, which I hid in my spaghetti until the kids told me how much they liked it, then I told them what was in it, now I don’t have to hide it. 🙂

Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 17, 2014 - 9:35 AM

Yes they are fantastic! I agree Kim.:)

Anne-Marie September 17, 2015 - 6:51 AM

The secret to chopping an onion without crying is in how you cut it. When the ‘root’ part is removed, it realeses a huge amount of tear making sulphur compound. When you peel your onion, leave the root on. Cut the onion in half vertically (so you slice through the root). Then proceed to cut and slice the onion from the top down, leaving a small amount on the root. I used to a avoid using onions in cooking as they would make me cry and cry even with googles etc until I was taught this method. I hope it helps ?


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