Cloves being poked into an onion.

How to Make and Onion Pique

A French kitchen technique used by chefs to boost the flavor of sauces, soups, and stews, an Onion Piqué (or studded onion) is a nice thing to have in your culinary bag of tricks. Fortunately, it sounds fancier than it actually is, and only takes a second to make.
Course Pantry, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword onions
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 1kcal
Author Meggan Hill


  • 1 onion white, whole, peeled
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 cloves whole


  • Place a dried bay leaf flat against the surface of the onion and hold it in place with 2 whole dried cloves, pressing the cloves into the flesh of the onion like thumb tacks.
  • Pierce up to 4 additional cloves into the onion.


Calories: 1kcal