10 Types Of Onions And How To Use Them Properly

This list of 10 different onion types will help you to take your cooking to the next level.

If you want to make a delicious tasting dish, it is likely going to include onions. It doesn’t matter if they are raw, grilled, or fried, they add a sweet and savory taste to almost any type of food.

Although we know that onions are important for the food that we cook, many home cooks are not fully aware of how to use them. This includes choosing the one that is right for you at that particular moment.

If you are ready to learn more about onions, then this list of 10 different onion types will help you to take your cooking to the next level.

Shallots

Although shallots are really onions, they are found in the allium family. They are small, purplish vegetables that have a hint of garlic flavor. Typically, they are used in dressings and sauces, but they may also be found in curries and noodle dishes. Shallots are best when they are roasted under chunks of meat.

View this post on Instagram

Een vers sjalotje #slajot #shallot #harvest #oogst #homegrown #shallots #homegrownshallots #moestuin #allotment #harvest #oogst #gyo #growyourown #growyourownfood #vegetablegarden #gemüsegarten #kitchengarden

A post shared by Moestuin 4.0 (@moestuin4.0) on

Scallions

These “green onions” are typically sold in bunches. You can cook them, but they are also good raw with a sweet, mild flavor. Green onions are often used as a garnish and are typically found in Asian dishes, including stir-fries, Ramen, and other savory dishes.

View this post on Instagram

Green onions aka scallions are so elegant. I actually hate harvesting them because they are such beautiful alliums. They produce delicious Pom Pom flowers. I love the way they show off their green tops and white stems. I have green onions everywhere in my garden and I use them on everything from salad dressings, soups and more. #greenonion #scallions #urbangarden #blackfarmers #kenyanfarmers #diasporafarming #backyardfarm #alliums #goodfood #gagrown #gaorganics

A post shared by Gathegu Cecilia Gatungo (@urbanshambaatl) on

Sweet onions

This is a mild, crispy choice but when you cut them, your eyes are likely to tear up. The vidalia onions are a popular option for use in tomato salads or on top of your hamburger. Caramelizing a sweet onion will add a hint of sweetness.

View this post on Instagram

A QUICK ONION EDUCATION 🧅🧅🧅 @thekitchn shares with us that the #yellowonion and #redonion have a similar balance of astringency and sweet flavor; while the #whiteonion has a sharper and more pungent flavor; and a #sweetonion will live up to its name, tasting sweet not sharp! [link in comments] #onions #themoreyouknow #healthyhudsonvalley

A post shared by Kaaterskill Farm Natural (@kaaterskill.health.food) on

Leeks

These may have the appearance of a large scallion but they are completely different. Unlike a scallion, you will not want to eat a leek raw. Chop them up and cook them in a soup or use them in a stir fry. There are a lot of ways to use them.

View this post on Instagram

Food Prep in Progress! 📸and styling by Sarah Phillips @uglyproduceisbeautiful #uglyproduceisbeautiful #uglyproduce #sarahphillipsfoodart #foodart #food #longbeans #broccoli #leeks #tomatoes #heirloomtomatoes #dscolor #dsfloral #heresmyfood #cornflowers #foodprep #kitchenart #stilllife #stilllifephoto #stilllifephotography #foodphoto #foodphotography #foodphotographer #stilllifephotographer #colorsoffood #vegetables #veggieart

A post shared by Ugly Produce Is Beautiful℠ (@uglyproduceisbeautiful) on

Maui onions

This sweet onion comes from the Hawaiian island of Maui. They are a juicy choice that is perfect for salads, relish, or you can caramelize them. Some people like making them into onion rings.

View this post on Instagram

Sweet Maui Onions from the ground to your table #sweet #mauionions #organic #farmtotable #grow #onions #homecooking #onionrings #beautiful

A post shared by Balboa Island Berries (@balboaislandberries) on

Pearl onions

You often find pearl onions pickled and perhaps in a martini glass. For those who don’t want to use them with an adult beverage, you might try adding them to a stew or casserole. They are also great roasted.

View this post on Instagram

#nass#snack#pearlonion🧅🧅

A post shared by LD Zabo (@ldzabo) on

Ramps

You need to be on time to choose this wild onion because they have a very short season. They also tend to be costly. When Spring arrives, you will see these onions pop up before other vegetables. Ramps have a garlic-like taste and are popular in soups and pesto. Some people enjoy grilling them.

View this post on Instagram

#rampseason #spring #earlysummer The delicate taste of garlic and onion in one plant! #auroraontario #pickwisely #ramps #foraging

A post shared by Lilian Cardoso (@chef.liliancardoso) on

Cipollini onions

You might enjoy the very sweet taste of Cipollini onions. They can be roasted or sautéed, but most people truly appreciate them when they are caramelized.

View this post on Instagram

Orlando and I are serious allium lovers, and today marks a very exciting day in the season for us — the first fresh spring onions are ready! These Cipollini onions have a strong and sweet flavor. Great for braising, roasting and even grilling, or slice them very finely and add to salads. You can find them at our Farm Store this weekend, open Friday 10-7 and Saturday 10-5 (yes we will be open on the holiday!). . . . . #farming #organic #organicfarming #vegetables #smallfarms #newpaltz #newpaltzny #hudsonvalley #hudsonvalleyfarms #upstateny #upstatenewyork #farmstore #farmmembers #community #onions #springonions #cipollini #cipollinionions

A post shared by The Lo Farm (@the_lo_farm) on

White onions

These mild onions have a stronger taste but they are still fine to eat raw. Many people enjoy them in a salad or on top of a sandwich. If you want to add some zing to your guacamole or salsa, a white onion is a great choice.

View this post on Instagram

Onions also deserve their photo on insgagram..#onion #onions #whiteonion #redonion #garlic #inmygarden #harvest #super_details_channel #stillife_perfection #still_life_gallery #still_life_mood #stillife_gallery #tv_depthoffield #tv_garden #tv_stilllife #tv_neatly #pocket_food #pocket_collage #total_vintage #vintagestyle

A post shared by michaela_pasztorova (@paszmiska) on

Red onions

You can use red onions when you want to add a stronger taste to your raw dishes. If you choose to cook them, try using them with a balsamic flavor or in a soup.

View this post on Instagram

vegetables come in the most beautiful colours… This is my entry in June’s #monthlytechniquecollab challenge – ZOOM – hosted by @plate_and_pen and @some_indian_girl. . . @foodcapturecollective #zoom #macro #macrophotography #foodphotographer #foodphotography #feedfeed #feedfeedvegan #macrofoodphotography #macrofood #sydneyphotographer #redonions

A post shared by sue sinko (@suesinko.photography) on