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How to make Caramelized Onions that are sweet, velvety, and full of amazing caramelly goodness.  Bursting with umami, they will incredibly elevate your food.  Easy to make with a little time and just three ingredients. How to Caramelize Onions. Easy to make with just three ingredients. Sweet, tender, caramelly and full of umami flavor.

Patience is not sitting and waiting. It is foreseeing. It is looking at the thorn and seeing the rose, looking at the night and seeing the day. Lovers are patient and know that the moon needs time to become full.  ~Rumi

This recipe for Caramelized Onions requires few ingredients, the right pan, and a little patience.  Oh my goodness…it is so worth it!

Onions are pretty incredible in general.  Coaxing the natural sugars out by slowly cooking in a skillet transforms them into a beautiful velvety sweet enhancer of almost all food.  This is a good process to do while you are in the kitchen prepping other meals.

Caramelized onions are really simple to make.  The hardest part is just keeping an eye on them and stirring every so often.  I think you will be very happy you did.

How to Caramelize Onions. Easy to make with just three ingredients. Sweet, tender, caramelly and full of umami flavor.

How to use Caramelized Onions

  • Caramelized onions add magic to sandwiches, burgers and wraps.
  • Enhance mashed potatoes, soups, and salads.
  • Elevate salad dressings and dips.
  • Add to pasta dishes for deeper, richer flavor.

Expert Tips for the Best Caramelized Onions

  • Use cast iron or carbon steel pan to allow for the best caramelization.  Avoid using a non-stick pan, this can prolong the process and can inhibit caramelization.
  • Slice no thinner than 1/8 inch thick to keep moisture in and prevent burning.  This ensures proper extraction of the sugars.
  • Resist turning the heat up.  Cooking more slowly will coax more flavor and natural sweetness out of your onions, it takes time for the natural sugars in the onions to caramelize- it is so worth it.
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan.  they will take longer and not cook as evenly.  2 onions in a 10″.  Sometimes I have 2 pans going at once or use a larger pan, with more surface area to do more.

What you’ll need to caramelize onions

ingredients to caramelize onions

How to make Caramelized Onions

chopped onions

Step one

Slice onions 1/8 ” -1/4″ thick.  No thinner, this keeps moisture in and prevents onions from burning.

How to cut the onions: Slice the ends off the onions.  Stand onion on the cut side and slice in half and peel the outer skin off.  Place the halved onion cut side down and slice into 1/8-1/4 inch slices, as close to the same size as possible for even cooking.

onions in a cast iron skillet

Step two

Heat pan on medium-high.  When the pan is hot, add onions stirring a few times- cook this way, without oil, for 5 minutes.

adding olive oil to onions

Step three

Add olive oil and salt.  Stirring for a minute to fully incorporate.  Turn heat down to medium-low.

deglazing pan

Step four

Stir every 5-10 minutes for about 40 minutes to an hour.

The onions should be caramel in color, smell amazing, and be greatly reduced.  Deglaze the pan by adding a little water and scrape the pan to get the stuck crusty browned bits off of the pan.  This is known as fond and is bursting with flavor.  Don’t skip this step!

 

finished look of caramelized onions

FAQ

How long does it take for onions to caramelize? 

Using a cast iron pan or carbon steel pan and not overcrowding, the whole process from slicing to cooking takes about 1 hour.

Is it better to caramelize onions in butter or oil? 

Whatever you prefer- both butter and oil work great.  Ghee is lovely too.

How do you cut onions to caramelize them?

Slice the ends off the onions.  Stand onion on the cut side and slice in half and peel the outer skin off.  Place the halved onion cut side down and slice into 1/8-1/4 inch slices. The important key is to not slice too thin.  This keeps moisture in and prevents onions from burning and ensures ultimate extraction of the sugars.

Do you need sugar to caramelize onions?

No you do not!  Surprisingly onions contain a fair amount of natural sugars.  Cooking them slowly coaxes out the onion sugar.  As the natural sugar melts, the onions caramelize.  Patience will yield the rich sweet goodness in a way that is far superior to adding sugar.

Can you caramelize onions in a nonstick pan?

We don’t recommend it.  It can prolong the process and prevent the onions from browning and fully caramelizing.

Are caramelized onions healthy?  

While raw vegetables are always going to hold more nutrients, caramelized onions are still full of fiber and low in fat.

Can you freeze caramelized onions?

Yes!  For easy access freeze in small portions.  An ice cube tray works well for this.

How to elevate caramelized onions

Use balsamic vinegar or red wine instead of water to deglaze.

 

How to Caramelize Onions. Easy to make with just three ingredients. Sweet, tender, caramelly and full of umami flavor.

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How to Caramelize Onions. Easy to make with just three ingredients. Sweet, tender, caramelly and full of umami flavor.

Caramelized Onions


  • Author:
    Tonia | Feasting at Home

  • Prep Time:
    10 minutes

  • Cook Time:
    40-50 minutes

  • Total Time:
    1 hour

  • Yield:
    Makes about 1 cup

  • Category:
    how to

  • Method:
    stovetop

  • Cuisine:
    american

  • Diet:
    Vegan


Description

How to Caramelize Onions- sweet, velvety, and full of amazing caramelly goodness.  Bursting with umami, they will incredibly elevate your food.  Easy to make with a little time and just three ingredients.


  • 2 large yellow onions, 1/8-1/4 inch slices
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon water


Instructions

  1. Heat a 10″ cast iron or carbon steel pan on medium high.
  2. When pan is hot, add onions stirring a few times- cook this way, without oil, for 5 minutes.
  3. Add olive oil and salt.  Stirring for a minute to fully incorporate.  Turn heat down to medium-low.
  4. Stir every 5-10 minutes for 30 minutes.
  5. The onions should be a dark caramel color, smell amazing and be greatly reduced.  Deglaze the pan by adding 1 tablespoon of water and scrape the pan to get the stuck crusty browned bits off the pan.  This is known as fond and is bursting with flavor.  Don’t skip this step!


Notes

How to slice the onion: Slice the ends off the onions.  Stand onion on the cut side and slice in half.  place the halved onion cut side down and slice into 1/8-1/4 inch slices.

Refrigerate: Store in refrigerator for 5 days in a sealed container.

Freeze: For easy access freeze in small portions.  An ice cube tray works well for this.

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