What Size Is a Small Onion?
Q: Your recipe for sweet and savory bacon jam is awesome. When you say two small sweet onions, how much weight or volume are you talking about?
Sent by Tommy
Editor: There’s really no hard-and-fast answer to the exact size of a small onion. In fact, the lack of specificity is often because the recipe works within a range of amounts. A part of knowing how much of an ingredient to add to a recipe is a matter of understanding how it works in a recipe.
In the sweet and savory bacon jam, the onions are adding a vegetal sweetness, so 1/2 cup is all you need to produce that result. If you like the deep sweetness onions bring — think caramelized onions — then by all means add a bit more. But regardless of cooking by taste and touch, guidelines are still helpful! Here are ours:
- About the size of the palm of your hand
- 4 ounces (or 1/2 cup, chopped)
- The size of a baseball
- 8 ounces (or 1 cup, chopped)
- About the size of a grapefruit
- 12 ounces (or 1 1/2 cups, chopped)