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How to Freeze Onions

Learn How to Freeze Onions with this simple dry pack method. Frozen onions are perfect for sautéing, and adding to soups, stews and more.

If you’ve ever wondered if you could freeze onions, then wonder no more! This is not only possible, it’s an easy time saver for dinner prep, and a great way to prevent food waste.

A bunch of freshly picked purple Onions

  • SIMPLE + PRACTICAL – A simple food prep method that just make sense!
  • LESSENS FOOD WASTE – If you have too many onions, this is a great way to reduce food waste.
  • REDUCES FOOD PREP TIME – Having ready-to-go chopped onions can make dinner prep easier than ever!
a top down image of a baking sheet full of green onions ready to go into the freezer

YES, you can freeze onions!

Who knew?! This is one of those food prep tips that I should have shared years ago because I love it so much. Onions freeze beautifully and can be added to so many recipes.

Ready to go!

Having onions prepped, chopped or sliced and ready to add to recipes is the best! My favourite time to do this is in summer or fall when I have more onions that I know what to do with, either from my garden or from a farmers’ market haul. I’ll just take a moment and chop and slice, and my future self always thanks me! I just reach into the freezer, scoop out what I need and get cooking.

a top down image of a baking sheet full of green onions ready to go into the freezer

Tips & Tricks

  • Onions: You can freeze any kind of onions: green, white, yellow, sweet, purple, chives… You can even freeze any leftover onions you have in your vegetable crisper.
  • What to freeze them in: I like to keep frozen produce in labelled freezer ziplock bags. When freezing onions make sure you use freezer bags because they’re thicker and will help to keep the strong smell of onions inside. You can also use plastic or glass containers, just make sure they are airtight.
a top down view of a ziplock bag full of frozen green onions

How to Use Frozen Onions

Frozen onions can be added to recipes for soups, stews, casseroles, bakes, and chili, and to any recipe that requires sautéed onions. Because freezing changes the texture of onions, don’t use frozen onions in any dish like salads, dips, or salsas that require fresh onion.

Do I have to thaw the onions before using them?

Nope! You can add them frozen right into your recipe.

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How to Freeze Onions

Learn How to Freeze Onions with this simple dry pack method. Frozen onions are perfect for sautéing, and adding to soups, stews and more.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Freezing Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Category: Food Prep
  • Method: Freezing

Ingredients

  • onions: green, white, purple or any kind (see tips above)
  • freezer ziplock bags

Instructions

  1. Slice, chop or mince the onions.
  2. Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
  3. Sprinkle the prepared onions in a single layer on the baking sheet and put in the freezer overnight.
  4. Once the onions are frozen, transfer them to a ziplock bag.
  5. Label the bag and refreeze.
  6. Use as needed.

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