Seasoned Advice is a question and answer site for professional and amateur chefs. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Onions are an excellent addition to many dishes, but cutting them can be frustrating when they make you "cry" all the time.

Does anyone know any tips or tricks to help minimise the tears when chopping onions?

share|improve this question
My secret: wear contacts ;) – Brendan Long Jul 11 '10 at 5:38
contacts don't help me in the slightest – thorncp Jul 17 '10 at 1:07
My secret: Let someone else cut it for me. Works every time! – configurator Jul 18 '10 at 23:56
I'm protecting this question because it already has several excellent answers (including an accepted answer) and we're starting to see a lot of duplicated and/or silly responses. If you have more than 10 reputation and are considering adding your answer, please make sure that it's (a) a real answer and (b) hasn't been submitted already. – Aaronut Oct 29 '10 at 14:17
The tears come only after you BLINK. If you get used to keeping your eyes open while cutting onions, it helps a great deal. Other trick is not to expose the the cut side of the onion by putting on the cutting board and holding the onion together. – MandoMando Dec 3 '10 at 18:46

19 Answers 19

protected by Aaronut Oct 29 '10 at 14:14

Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site (the association bonus does not count).

Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.