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 — and while you can certainly purchase them, 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 Four Easy Steps
1. 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.
2. Drain, and then shock them in ice water.
3. Drain and dry the onions. Then slice off the root ends.
4. Gently pinch the other end and the skin should slide right off.
(More detailed instructions are 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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