Chopped Onion Substitutes

Onions
Onions. © Erin Huffstetler
  • Prep Time
    2 min
  • Cook Time
    0 min
  • Total Time
    2 min
  • Yield
    Varies

Need chopped onion for a recipe? If you don’t have any onions on hand, there’s probably something in your pantry that you can use instead. Here’s what you need to know to make a good substitution:

Ingredients

  • Onion powder
  • Onion flakes

Preparation

Need chopped onion for a recipe? If you don’t have any onions on hand, there’s probably something in your pantry that you can use instead. Here’s what you need to know to make a good substitution:

Small Onion = 1/3 cup chopped = 1 tsp onion powder = 1 Tbsp dried onion flakes

Medium Onion = 1 cup chopped = 1 Tbsp onion powder = 3 Tbsp dried onion flakes

Large Onion = 1-1/2 cups chopped = 1.5 Tbsp onion powder = 4.5 Tbsp dried onion flakes

How Substituting will Change Your Recipe

These substitutes will give you the onion flavor that you’re after, but they will change the texture of your recipe, and they may also affect how many servings you get out of your recipe – dried onions just take up less space than chopped onions. If either of these are a concern, consider adding another ingredient to replace the lost texture and to bring the recipe back up to its intended volumes.

Example: If the recipe calls for one medium onion, chopped, add a Tablespoon of onion powder, plus a cup of chopped carrots or celery.

Many recipes call for sautéing the onions in hot oil before the other ingredients are added. Just skip this step, and add the onion powder or dried onion flakes when you add the rest of the spices.

Allergic to Onions?

If you’re allergic to onions, or you’re cooking for someone who is, try one of these substitutes, instead.

Save Time and Avoid Running Out of Onions Again

Chopped onions freeze well. Prep a bunch and tuck them in the freezer, so you can grab a handful whenever you need them. There's no need to thaw them first. Here's how to freeze onions properly.