How Much Dried Minced Onion Equals One Onion?

You start to prepare a dish but instead of fresh onion, you have only minced onion in the moment. Well, how to adjust the recipe?

In this brief guide, you learn how much dried minced onion equals one onion, can you substitute minced onion for chopped onion and many other onion-related kitchen tricks.

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Fresh Onion VS Dried Onion

Fresh onion contains a lot of water, about 89% and when cooked, water is released and softens the onion.

Dried onion is available in two forms  – flakes and minced. Minced onion often can be seen in spice stores.

dried minced onion

First, let’s say that dried minced onion is a dehydrated fresh white onion. When using dried minced onion, you need to rehydrate it. You can soak it in the water before adding it to a recipe or when you cook it in the sauce.

Dried minced onion gives the same flavor as a fresh one, but the texture is different.

How Much Dried Minced Onion Equals One Onion?

Knowing how much dried minced onion you should use instead of chopping one onion will save your time (and tears) when cooking a dish. Therefore we will explore how to replace fresh onion with dried minced onion and more.

fresh and minced onion

You should keep in mind that dried minced onion is much stronger than a fresh one, so less is needed. The dehydration intensifies the onion’s flavor. When compared with a fresh one, you’ll need a smaller amount of dried onion to get the same taste.

For every fresh onion (medium size) your recipe calls for, prepare 3 tablespoons of dried minced onion. That’s an equal substitute.  If you want to substitute one fresh large onion with dried and minced onion, then a half cup will be enough.

onion substitution chart

Is Minced Onion The Same As Chopped Onion?

There is a difference in the way they are cut. Minced onion is the most minor cut of onion, whilst chopped onion is a kind of generic term that doesn’t refer to a particular size of an onion.

Can You Substitute Minced Onion For Chopped Onion?

Well, yes, that’s the same vegetable meaning you can substitute minced onion for chopped one. But keep in mind that minced onion may not be the best choice for some recipes as it’s cut small.

For example, if you’re preparing fajitas (stripped grilled meat with peppers and onions) you should go with chopped onions.

organic minced onion

If the recipe calls for one tablespoon of dried minced onion and you currently don’t have any, you can use either 1 teaspoon onion powder or 1/3 cup of fresh chopped onion.

How Long Dried Minced Onion Last?

Usually, it can last for 2 to 3 years if stored properly in the pantry. If you want to maximize the shelf life of dried minced onion, make sure it is placed in the container with a tight-fitting lid.

Dried minced onion doesn’t go bad, but it loses its potency over time, meaning it won’t flavor the food as used to.

minced onion in dishes

You can use minced onion in so many dishes – onion soup mix, Italian salad dressing mix, dip mixes, and pretty much anything that calls for onions.

What About Onion Powder?

Onion powder is dried onion that has been ground, it contains dehydrated onion skins and roots. It is important to note onion powder is 3 times more potent than dried onion, so if a recipe calls for 1 cup of fresh onion, use only 1 tablespoon of onion powder.

onion powder

In case you need to put 1 tablespoon onion powder and need to substitute it, put 3 tablespoons of dried minced onion.

To Wrap It Up

Dried minced onion is one of the best shortcuts you can use in your kitchen to save time. This tear-free onion will give the same taste to your dishes. So, how much dried minced onion equals one onion? Learn how to substitute one with the other and keep your dishes delicious as usual.

Ivana is always desirable for adventures so she was working in restaurants on the Croatian coast, participated in Caffe barista tournaments, led a gardening business, and more. She is a healthy food enthusiast, prefers vegetarianism, and practices yoga. In her free time, she likes to study ancient Buddhist scriptures as well as psychology.