Small onions, such as cipollini and pearl onions, are an excellent addition to recipes. As a result of being little, recipes are likely to call for several of them. Peeling several little onions can be a pain, but it doesn’t have to be. Briefly blanching them makes peeling them rather simple. Follow these easy steps to make peeling cute onions a cinch.

Pearl onions are little onions that are closely related to leeks.

Cipollini onions, pronounced chip-oh-lee-nee, are sweet, flat, and excellent onions for roasting.

How to Easily Peel Small Onions


Prepare a bowl with ice water and set aside.

Ice Water Bath


Cut the roots off of the onions.

Pearl Onion Roots


Bring a pot of water to a boil and lower onions into the water. To avoid splashing, use a  skimmer or a slotted spoon.

Boil Pearl Onions


Boil for a minute.

Boiling Pearl Onions


Drain the onions.

Drain Pearl Onions


Place onions in ice water for a minute to stop the cooking.

Onions in Ice


Pinch the stems of the onions and the onions will slide out of the peels.

Pinch Onion

How to Easily Peel Small Onions was last modified: February 1st, 2015 by Audrey

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