Can You Freeze Spring Onions?

Spring onions bring a subtle, onion-flavour without it becoming the dominant flavour.

That’s why they’re so popular both in cooked and uncooked dishes such as salad. But can you have spring onions stored in the freezer, ready-to-go when you need them? And do spring onions freeze well?

The Quick Answer

Yes, you can freeze spring onions. Spring onions can be frozen for around 3 months. In fact, spring onions are one of the easiest vegetables to freeze. To freeze spring onions, simply wash them, bag them up and then place them into the freezer.

How To Freeze Spring Onions

Spring onions don’t tend to last for very long once they are out of the ground so whether you have homegrown spring onions or a bunch of store-bought ones, the best way to keep them from going bad is to freeze any excess!

How much effort you put into freezing these is down to you and how much prep work you want to do.

Luckily, this is one type of veg that won’t require blanching before freezing so there isn’t even a lot of extra preparation work involved like there is with many types of vegetables. So, let’s get started:

  1. Wash and Peel
    Prepare your onions by washing them and peeling away any outer layers. You could freeze them whole or for ease of use later chop them up. If you are freezing them whole then cut off any excess stalk before freezing.
  2. Dry
    Lay the prepared spring onions out to dry for about half an hour. This is to help them freeze individually.
  3. Bag Up
    Pop the prepared spring onions into a freezer bag. Or if you want to portion them out pop perfectly portioned sized handfuls into freezer bags. Label the bags with the date and contents.
  4. Freeze
    Put them in the freezer.

If you are freezing chopped spring onions, then there is an extra step to take. After about half an hour you need to take the bag out of the freezer and give it a gentle shake to separate the chopped onion.

This is to stop them freezing together in clumps and will make it much easier to just grab a handful whenever you need.

How to Freeze Salad Onions

Salad onions are effectively the same thing as spring onions. They are from the scallion family of vegetables and have that lovely oniony taste, but a lot milder. This is what makes them the perfect addition to a salad.

You can freeze either spring or salad onions in the exact same way so just follow the instructions above.

One thing you do need to think about is the change in texture. Frozen spring onions will have a slightly different texture and will have lost their crunch after thawing. So, you may want to use any frozen spring onions in cooked recipes rather than salads.

Can You Freeze Salad Onions

3 Tips for Freezing Spring Onions

Now you know how to freeze them, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing spring onions to have the best results:

  • Prepare Before Freezing – Although you can freeze spring onions whole, you’re better off doing as much prep beforehand so clean, peel and dice them up before freezing them.
  • Blend and Freeze – One great way of freezing spring onions is in little flavour cubes. Blend spring onions with chillies, garlic and your favourite herbs then pack into the slots of an ice cube tray. Top with olive oil and then freeze. 
  • Use Cooked – Spring onions are often used in salads and to dip into hummus but they won’t be great for eating raw if they’ve been frozen. Instead, use them in your cooking. 

How Long Can You Freeze Spring Onions?

You can freeze spring onions for up to two months without them losing too much flavour or texture. You will soon find yourself adding spring onions to all kinds of recipes so they won’t need to last too long in the freezer.

If you have an abundance that you can’t get through in time then you could also consider pickling them to keep them edible for even longer!

You Can Freeze Spring Onions for Around 2 to 3 Months

How Do You Defrost Spring Onions?

If you are throwing a handful of spring onions into a recipe or a delicious meal then you don’t need to worry about thawing them out at all! Just take the amount you need out of the freezer bag and pop them right into the cooking pot or frying pan.

If you do find that you need thawed spring onions then you need to pop them into a bowl and defrost in the freezer for a couple of hours. Chopped spring onions should defrost fairly quickly so you shouldn’t have to wait too long.

Can You Refreeze Spring Onions?

Once you have thawed out spring onions you shouldn’t refreeze them as a raw ingredient again. If you have defrosted them for more than 24 hours you should throw them away.

However, if you have cooked up your onions into a meal then you should be able to freeze the leftovers without too many problems.

Do Spring Onions Freeze Well?

This depends on how you like to eat spring onions. If you are hoping to have fresh and crunchy spring onions to add to a salad then you might be a little disappointed. They do lose their fresh crunchy texture.

The flavour shouldn’t be affected but the texture will be and it won’t quite be the same as you are used.

If you tend to cook with them then you shouldn’t notice much change at all, if any!

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing spring onions or spring onions in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Whole Spring Onions?

You can freeze your spring onions whole but what would be the point? They will take longer to thaw and you’ll probably find yourself chopping them eventually so why not freeze them ready chopped?

We would advise doing all the prep work before freezing to save yourself time further down the road.

Can You Freeze Onions?

If you’re looking to freeze white or red onions then the technique is a little different to what we have outlined on this page for freezing spring onions. The good news is that we have written a dedicated article on freezing onions.

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