From soups to sauces, stews to stir fries, onions are a fundamental ingredient in the flavour base of many dishes. Once you know how to prepare an onion for cooking, the possibilites of what you can make with it are endless.
Using a knife
Before you start it is important to know how to hold your knife when cutting and how to hold the onion to avoid chopping your fingers.
Grip the handle of your knife firmly with your dominant hand. That means if you are right-handed use your right hand, if you are left-handed use your left.
To chop an onion in half, hold the onion securely with your non-knife hand using a bridge hold.
Grip the handle of the knife firmly to slice through the onion.
To slice and dice the onion, hold your non-knife hand like a claw and grip the onion firmly.
As you make cuts, make sure your fingers are tucked in at all times.