How to Mince Shallots

These prized alliums look like copper-skinned garlic cloves and have a mild onion flavor. Release tons of shallot essence by mincing finely.

How to Mince Shallots

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How to Mince Shallots

In just four easy steps you will master the art of mincing shallots with our short and sweet guide.

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How to Mince Shallots: Step One: Slice Off Root and Tip

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Step One: Slice Off Both Root and Tip

Slice off both the root end and tip of the shallot, and discard.

How to Mince Shallots: Step Two: Peel Off Papery Skins

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Step Two: Peel Off Papery Skins

Peel off papery skins. It's OK (and easier) to lose a thin layer of edible flesh.

How to Mince Shallots: Step Three: Halve Shallot Lengthwise

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Step Three: Halve Shallot Lengthwise

Halve shallot lengthwise, and lay it flat on cutting board; cut into thin slices.

How to Mince Shallots: Step Four: Cut Across Slices

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Step Four: Cut Across Slices

Cut across slices at tiny intervals to mince.

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