If you don’t know how to properly peel pearl onions, it can be incredibly frustrating and take a very long time.
Once you learn the below technique, you’ll never hesitate to use these beautiful onions.
First, what are pearl onions?
- Pearl onions are little, marble-sized sweet onions.
- There are a few varieties: white, gold/yellow and red. White are usually the most pungent, while red are the most mild.
- Since they’re so small, they’re typically not cut, and are eaten whole.
- Pearl onions are fantastic braised in stews, glazed, pickled, sautéed, and roasted.
Pre-peeled onions are available in the freezer section of most markets. While you can certainly purchase them, if time permits, I would highly recommend doing it yourself instead.
The final result of the recipe they’re being added to will be superior.
How to Peel Pearl Onions in 4 Easy Steps
Step1: Add the onions to a pot and fill it with enough water just to cover them, bring to a boil, and simmer for about two minutes.
Step 2: Drain, and then shock them in ice water.
Step 3. Drain and dry the onions. Then slice off the root ends.
Step 4: Gently pinch the other end and the skin should slide right off.
(More detailed instructions are in the recipe card below.)
A few Pearl Onion Recipes:
How to Peel Pearl Onions
- 1 pound pearl onions any color
- Prepare a medium-sized bowl with ice water and set it aside.
- Place the onions in a sauce pot, and add just enough water to barely cover them. Bring to a boil, immediately turn off the heat, and let them sit for about two minutes.
- Drain, and then add the onions into the bowl with ice water and let them sit just long enough to cool off a bit, about 2 minutes. Drain the onions again, pour them onto a kitchen towel and gently pat them dry.
- Use a paring knife to cut the root off the bottom of each onion.Then gently pinch the other end and the skin should slide right off.
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