Kitchen Tip: Peeling Pearl Onions

April 8, 2009 | By | Comments (11)

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Pearl Onions can be a pain to peel…unless you know this simple 5-step trick.

1. With a paring knife, cut off the tip of the onion opposite the root end.
2. Cook in boiling water 2 minutes. Drain.
3. Let stand until cool enough to handle.
4. Squeeze each onion gently at root end. The onion will pop right out of its skin!
5. Slice off remaining roots.

Try out your new skill in this side dish: Sherry Vinegar Glazed Pearl Onions.

COMMENTS

  1. Rukel82

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    […] is a great resource on how to quickly peel pearl onions.  Even better, you can also find bags of pre-peeled pearl onions in the refrigerated section of […]

    January 30, 2014 at 9:47 am
  3. Amy

    This works much better if you cut off the ROOT ends.

    July 31, 2013 at 7:30 pm
  4. Jackie

    Doh! I cut off the root end and h ad to recut them all after boiling and/or just squeeze and lose a layer of onion. It worked really well, especially if I would have followed the instructions!!

    April 4, 2013 at 10:14 pm
  5. Time Saving Food Prep | Ladder to Success

    [...] We love pearl onions; and for years, we avoided using them in dishes because honestly, we just didn’t feel like spending 30 minute peeling each one. Finally, someone saved us from our impatience with this trick: Chop off the tip of the onion (the end opposite the root end), cook in boiling water for two minutes and drain. When they’re cool enough to touch, gently squeeze each one at the root end, and the little guys will slip right out! Chop off the remaining roots, and you’re ready to get cooking. (via Cooking Light) [...]

    January 27, 2013 at 9:10 pm
  6. Time Saving Food Prep « Ladder to Success

    [...] We love pearl onions; and for years, we avoided using them in dishes because honestly, we just didn’t feel like spending 30 minute peeling each one. Finally, someone saved us from our impatience with this trick: Chop off the tip of the onion (the end opposite the root end), cook in boiling water for two minutes and drain. When they’re cool enough to touch, gently squeeze each one at the root end, and the little guys will slip right out! Chop off the remaining roots, and you’re ready to get cooking. (via Cooking Light) [...]

    January 24, 2013 at 11:38 pm
  7. gerber knives

    Thanks for this onion peeling tips. The quality of the knife is a factor it seems.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:20 am
  8. happysponge

    thanks for the tips in peeling onions. what kind of knife are using when you peel onions? i would suggest if you us used titanium knives, more functions and easier to used.

    May 17, 2010 at 11:45 am
  9. Sharalyn

    I have peeled my pearl onions. How do I store them until I cook them in 2 days time. fridge?

    December 23, 2009 at 10:39 am
  10. M. A. Bieksza

    What happened to the “Inspired Vegatarian”?

    April 12, 2009 at 1:10 pm
  11. ACDM

    I learned this trick a couple Thanksgivings ago… It works perfectly and a complete breeze to do…

    April 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm

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