How to Make an Onion Pique

An Onion Piqué is a French flavor booster used by chefs in sauces and soups. It sounds fancy, but it only takes 3 ingredients and 10 seconds to make!

Half of an onion with a bay leaf attached to it with whole cloves.

Recipe ingredients:

Half of an onion, a bay leaf, and a white bowl of cloves.

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Begin by peeling a yellow or white raw onion. Then, cut the onion in half and trim off the root end. Attach 1 or 2 dried bay leaves to the cut-side of the onion using a couple of whole dried cloves as pins.
    Half of an onion with a bay leaf attached to it with whole cloves.
  2. Tuck the onion into your pot of broth or stock to cook. When the onion is soft and you’re ready to move to the next step in the recipe, you can take it out and discard it, cloves, bay leaf and all.

Recipe notes:

  • How to say it: Onion pee-KAY
  • Why bother: It adds a lot of flavor and you can remove it easily. No more fishing around for lost bay leaves (and you’d NEVER find those cloves!).
  • Cloves: Use 2 to 3 cloves for a half onion, or up to 6 for a whole onion, unless the recipe calls for a specific amount. They have a strong flavor, so use them judiciously.
  • Onion clouté: Leave out the bay leaf and just spike your onion with cloves.

Put your onion pique to work:

Half of an onion with a bay leaf attached to it with whole cloves.

How to Make an Onion Pique

Learn how to make an Onion Piqué, a French flavor booster used by chefs in sauces, soups, and stews. Fortunately, it sounds fancier than it actually is, and only takes a second to make.
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Course: Pantry, Soup
Cuisine: French
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 25kcal
Author: Meggan Hill

Ingredients

  • 1/2 onion peeled
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 cloves whole

Instructions

  • Trim off the root end of half a peeled onion.
  • Attach a bay leaf to the cut-side of the onion using 2 or 3 whole dried cloves as pins.
  • Add to a pot of stock or milk to cook. Remove and discard when the stock is finished.

Notes

  1. How to say it: Onion pee-KAY
  2. Why bother: It adds a lot of flavor and you can remove it easily. No more fishing around for lost bay leaves (and you'd NEVER find those cloves!).
  3. Cloves: Use 2 to 3 cloves for a half onion, or up to 6 for a whole onion, unless the recipe calls for a specific amount. They have a strong flavor, so use them judiciously.
  4. Onion clouté: Leave out the bay leaf and just spike your onion with cloves.

Nutrition

Calories: 25kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 13mg
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