Having trouble chopping onions into perfect thin strips for your recipes? Learning the proper julienne cutting technique can take your knife skills from amateur to expert-level. Julienning onions results in uniform slices or dices ideal for onion rings, salads, soups, stir fries, and more. If you are looking for methods on how to julienne an onion, follow these pro tips and you will master the art of the onion julienne cut.


onion julienne cut

Invest in a High-Quality Chef’s Knife 

 A sharp, durable chef's knife designed specifically for chopping is essential equipment for easily julienning onions. Look for an 8 to 10-inch blade length, as the extra leverage allows for faster, more even cuts. Stainless steel or high-carbon blades stay sharper longer. An ergonomic knife handle provides comfort and control while slicing.


invest chef knife for cutting onions

Prep Onions for Optimal Julienne

Peel the onion, then trim the ends. Halve the onion from root to stem, leaving the root end intact - this holds the layers together for slicing. Lay the halves flat-side down on a cutting board. The broad, stable surface prevents slipping.


prepare onions

Make Vertical Slices 

With your chef’s knife, make vertical parallel cuts about 1/4 inch apart from one end of the onion half to the other. Make the slices closer together for thinner julienne. Work deliberately but efficiently while slicing for uniformity.

Make Vertical Slices


Complete the Onion Julienne Cut

Make horizontal cuts across the vertical slices, also about 1/4 inch apart. You can cut with or against the grain - with the grain produces longer strips, against makes shorter pieces.

complete the onion julienne cut


Master the onion julienne cut for restaurant-quality dishes. With the right techniques and chef’s knife, you’ll be chopping and slicing onions like a culinary pro.


FAQs about onion julienne cut

How to cut onion without crying?

  • chopping onions in running water
  • chewing gum while chopping onions
  • Cut onions in an area with running hot water or steam
  • Chill the onions in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes before chopping
  • Put the onion in the microwave for 20 seconds before chopping it
  • Breathe through your mouth while chopping onions, and stick your tongue out.

What is the difference between slicing onions and julienning onions?

 Julienning results in thinner, longer strips by doing a two-step cutting process. Slicing is simpler, producing thicker or varied shape pieces.