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6 Types of Onions and How to Use Them

September 7, 2021 | Author: Ashley McCrary

This handy guide explains the different types of onions, how to use them, and recipes to try.

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While they might cause a few tears, onions are a delicious, flavorful ingredient to cook with. However, knowing which onion to use in each dish might be a bit confusing. I’ve created a simple list of the 6 Types of Onions and How to Use Them to pick the best onion variety for every dish. From which onion is best raw, to the perfect onion for caramelizing, this list is a go-to guide for every meal!

6 different types of onions diced in white bowls with half of the onion next to the bowl with a white background

Red Onion

Red onions are perfect for sandwiches, salads, and burgers. Their purplish-red color makes them a beautiful pop of color on the plate. They work really well when prepared raw or pickled. Packing a spicy, peppery flavor, these onions add a sharp taste to any meal.

Recipe to try: The Best Ever Pineapple Mango Salsa

half of a red onion next to diced red onion in a white bowl with a white background

Vidalia Onion

This sweet yellow onion variety is grown exclusively in Southeast Georgia and is typically available in Spring and Summer. Its mild, sweet flavor makes it popular to serve raw in a salad or on a burger, and also makes an excellent choice for salsas and dips.

Recipe to try: Keto French Onion Dip

half of a vidalia onion next to diced vidalia onion in a white bowl with a white background

Yellow Onion

If in need of a standard cooking onion, yellow is the best bet. Its versatility makes it a popular choice for sauteeing and caramelizing, as well as roasting, breading, etc. These onions are often found in stir fry, casseroles, stews, and more!

Recipe to try: Steak and Caramelized Onion Frittata

half of a yellow onion next to diced yellow onion in a white bowl with a white background

White Onion

White onions are popular in Mexican foods such as tacos, burritos, and nachos. This onion is typically milder than yellow or red onions, therefore it is often served raw. White onions are also common in guacamole and salsa, as well as paired with cilantro to top many authentic dishes.

Recipe to try: Creamy Buffalo Chicken Casserole

half of a white onion next to diced white onion in a white bowl with a white background

Shallot

These small bulb onions have more of a mild onion flavor with a garlicky bite. Shallots offer a savory flavor that enhances soups, salad dressings, sauces, and vinaigrettes. However, when cooking shallots, be careful not to brown them because they can turn quite bitter.

Recipe to try: Creamy Garlic Scallops

half of a shallot next to diced shallots in a white bowl with a white background

Green Onion/Scallions

Green onions, also called Scallions, have a mild flavor and can be served cooked or raw. Many Asian dishes use these onions, especially in stir fry, salads, and soups. Green onions can also be used as a garnish in a variety of dishes. Scallions have both a bulb and leaves, both of which can be diced and eaten.

Recipe to try: Instant Pot Mongolian Beef

bunch of green onion next to diced green onion in a white bowl with a white background

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About Me

Welcome to Healthy Little Peach. I’m Mac, the lady behind the recipes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle that consists of a mix of healthy whole foods, and full-fat comfort meals. Life is too short not to enjoy good food while maintaining a healthy body and mind. Here you will find gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, keto, and even full-fat comfort recipes. Let’s have fun in the kitchen together!

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✨Crab Dip (Dairy-Free)✨

1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, picked and drained 
8 ounces dairy-free cream cheese Kite Hill (or regular cream cheese will work)
1/2 cup mayonnaise 
1 tbsp Franks hot sauce
1 tbsp. lemon juice
⅓ cup chopped onions
3 garlic cloves, minced
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1 tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
½ tsp onion powder
1 ½ tbsp nutritional yeast (or sub shredded cheese)
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp black pepper
2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
½ tsp ground mustard

1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

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1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat and add the butter along with the minced garlic and onions. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
2. In a large bowl mix together the crab meat, dairy-free cream cheese, mayo, lemon juice, hot sauce, seasonings (except for nutritional yeast) along with the cooked onions and garlic. Mix together until combined.
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