How to Freeze Green Onions / Scallions

In this post I share my easy steps for how to freeze green onions / scallions for use later. It takes no time at all and there’s no special equipment needed. Freezing green onions saves money since you’re not throwing away good food and you’ll always have delicious green onions on-hand for your favorite dishes. If you like all of these things, please read on! 🙂

How To Freeze Green Onions - Save Money, No Waste! |

Green onions add fresh flavor and a vibrant pop of color to our foods and many recipes call for them. Most of the time, it’s just 1 or 2 green onions. We buy a bunch, use just a few and the rest goes bad because they have such a short life span. In about a week’s time, these long-stemmed onions get soggy in the refrigerator and we end-up throwing them out. (I always feel so guilty throwing out food.)

Easy Steps for Freezing Green Onions / Scallions

The next time you have a leftover bunch of green onions, here’s what you do to freeze them.

1) Wash and trim the onions as you would for any recipe.

How To Freeze Green Onions - Save Money, No Waste! |

2) Chop or cut the onions the way you most use them. For me, it’s just a rough chop of the white root and the green stems.

How To Freeze Green Onions - Save Money, No Waste! |

3) Transfer the chopped onions onto a large baking pan. Spread out into an even layer.

How To Freeze Green Onions - Save Money, No Waste! |

4) Put the pan into the freezer and chill for 1 hour.

How To Freeze Green Onions - Save Money, No Waste! |

After this time, the green onions will be frosty but not completely frozen.

How To Freeze Green Onions - Save Money, No Waste! |

5) Transfer the partially frozen onions into a resealable plastic bag or storage container and seal well. Store in the freezer until you need them.

How To Freeze Green Onions - Save Money, No Waste! |

Why do you need to do the pre-freeze step? If you just put the chopped green onions into a bag and freeze, they would clump together into one big chunk. Later when you need just a bit, you would have to break the chunk apart with a rolling pin. The pre-freezing prevents the onions from all sticking together. Do you like my trick? 🙂

The next time you need a handful of green onions, simply scoop out what you need and return the rest to the freezer. Easy peasy!

Additional Notes

I like to always have a small amount of green onions to add to soups and stir-fries, so I make these little bundles for single use. With these small packages, you don’t need to pre-freeze. Just wrap up the chopped green onions and pop in the freezer.

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If there’s a sale at your market, this is a wonderful time to stock up and freeze the onions. These green onions are from my garden and more than I could possibly eat before they go bad. I froze these beautiful onions and will enjoy them later when it’s too cold to grow them.

How To Freeze Green Onions - Save Money, No Waste! |

Frozen green onions are moist once thawed. You’ll want to use these onions in dishes like stir-fries and soups–where crispness isn’t required as in salads. For dishes that require crisp green onions, use the fresh ones.

Use the scallions within 6 months of freezing for best flavor.

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17 Responses to How to Freeze Green Onions / Scallions

  1. Lynma Carter February 27, 2021 at 2:19 pm #

    Thanks for your advise. A little trick I use also is I wash and clean the onions and leave them spread out on the dish rack to dry, once dry I cut up and place in the freezer bags …. No sticking together.

    • Trang June 28, 2021 at 12:19 pm #

      Love your trick! Thanks so sharing. 🙂

  2. Dee August 18, 2020 at 5:37 pm #

    I grew giant green onions in my garden, I have to harvest them now since The season is changing, I knew someone would know how to freeze them, thanks !

  3. robert beranek May 31, 2019 at 8:44 pm #

    I often wonderd if this could be done . I found the perfect answer ! great photos and captions!!!

    • Trang June 6, 2019 at 10:39 am #

      I am glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  4. Jana April 19, 2019 at 1:14 pm #

    thank you. This is so helpful. As I live alone, I am not able to use the whole bunch before it fade or dry and I also don’t like to throw away the food. This trick will make my dish nice and special along with no food wasting.

    • Trang April 25, 2019 at 11:35 am #

      Hi Jana,
      I am so glad you found the post helpful. I don’t like to waste food either so try to recycle and reuse as much as I can. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

      • Becky August 29, 2019 at 8:02 am #

        Perfect! Now I can stop giving away all my garden onions! Thank you so much for this.

        • Trang September 9, 2019 at 4:50 pm #

          Hi Becky,
          I am so glad you found the post helpful. Yes, keep all your garden onions now, lol! 🙂

  5. Ursula November 6, 2018 at 10:32 am #

    Hi Trang,i am your new subscriber and I like your site with so many yummy recipes and wonderful tips.I want to make the sponge roll cake and hope that I will not fail making it.
    Thank you and regards

    • Trang November 6, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

      Hi Ursula, Welcome to RunAwayRice and thank you for your subscription. I am glad you found a recipe to try and I hope you love my Roll Cake recipe. It’s a wonderful dessert and a perfect year-round treat. Good Luck and please stop back to share your results. 🙂

  6. Anh October 28, 2018 at 9:03 pm #

    What a great tip! Thank you chi Trang.

    • Trang October 29, 2018 at 9:04 am #

      Hi Anh,
      Thanks so much! I am glad you found this helpful! 🙂

  7. Lynn October 28, 2018 at 1:23 pm #

    Nice trick. Thanks Trang!

    • Trang October 29, 2018 at 9:04 am #

      Thanks Lynn! Glad you like it! 🙂

    • Carla Littlewolf April 8, 2020 at 8:27 am #

      Thanks, I just purchased 2 lbs of Green onions from a Grocery Outlet and cut and cleaned them up. All chopped and a pan in the freezer now. No waste here. Gonna plant some of the root ends also.

      • Kristin November 8, 2020 at 8:41 am #

        Thank you so much! I pulled a bunch of onions from the garden but didnt want to waste any. Thanks again!

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