Learn how to cut scallions (green onions) with this step-by-step guide! We’ll teach you how to chop them both horizontally and diagonally with ease. Use them to add flavor, crunch, and color to a variety of recipes!  

A knife with chopped scallions over a cutting board with whole and chopped green onions.

What Are Green Onions? 

Green onions and scallions are the same things! Green onions are a type of onion. They come from young, bulb-forming onions or a separate variety of onions that never form bulbs at all

They’re long and skinny with a white tip at the end and have an onion flavor that’s slightly less intense. The white and light green parts have the strongest flavor and are most commonly used. However, the green stems are also edible and make a beautiful garnish for a variety of dishes. 

How to Cut Green Onions (A Step-By-Step Guide)

No matter which part of the onion a recipe calls for, the chopping method will stay the same. You’ll just make a slight variation regarding the angle of the cuts. 

  1. Rinse off any dirt, paying close attention to the white tip, and remove any thin, slimy, or wilted outer layers. 
  2. Use a sharp knife to chop off the tip at the white end, removing the root. 
  3. Line up the scallions on a cutting board, and use your knife to slice green onions thinly in a circular motion. Or, place your knife at an angle, and use the same circular chopping motion to create chopped scallions at an angle or dias

How to Prep and Store

  • Prep Ahead: You can rinse the scallions under running water. Then, trim the outer layers of a scallion up to one to two weeks in advance. Transfer them to an airtight container, and store them in the fridge until you’re ready to use. 
  • Store: Once cut, you can store green onions in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. For the best results, store the green stalks and white parts separately. 

TIP: If you’ve got a green thumb, save the roots, wrap them in damp paper towels, and keep them in the fridge to plant later! 

  • Freeze: Store your green onions whole or chopped. Just make sure you wash and dry them completely first. They’ll keep fresh in the freezer for up to three months. Then, just thaw them in the fridge overnight when you’re ready to use. 
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Common Questions When Learning How to Cut Green Onions

How far up the stem do you cut green onions? 

All the way! Just slice off the end, and discard the roots. Or, you can leave about two to three inches and replant the onion if preferred.

Are green onions and spring onions the same thing? 

Not quite. The difference is in their age or the time they grow before being harvested. Green onions have a thin bulb that does not budge while spring onions have a round bulb. 

When a recipe calls for scallions what part do you use? 

Typically, if a recipe calls for scallions you’ll want to use the white and light green parts. Usually, the recipe specifies whether you need to use the green parts. 

What part of the green onion do you plant?

Plant the stalks of the green onion if you want them to grow.

Ways to Use Green Onions

Now that you know how to chop green onions, it’s time to put them to use!

They’re great in a wide variety of recipes like stir fries and breakfast dishes. However, some of our favorites to get you started include: 

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A cutting board with chopped green onions and halved green onions.

How to Cut Green Onions

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Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 1 serving
Prep: 8 minutes
Total: 8 minutes
Learn how to cut green onions circularly or diagonally, how to store them, and ways to use them to add tangy flavor to a variety of recipes!


  • 1 bunch green onions


  • Wash off any debris, and remove the outer layers of the onions.
    1 bunch green onions
    A hand holding a bunch of green onions on a cutting board.
  • Use a large knife to chop off the root of the onions at the white end.
    Two hands slicing the white ends off a bunch of scallions.
  • Line up the onions on a cutting board, and use a knife to slice in circular motions, creating thin rounds. Or, angle the knife diagonally, and use the same ciruclar cutting motion to cut the onions on the bias (angle).
    Scallions being chopped into rings on a cutting board.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 8kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 239IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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