Caramelized Onions

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 50m
Ready In

"Caramelizing onions changes their flavour from sharp and pungent to sweet and complex. You cook them until they're deeply coloured and jam-like. The onion jam will keep for weeks when refrigerated. Use it to thicken soups and sauces, garnish grilled meats, poultry & seafood, fill omelets and sandwiches, stir into dips, toss with pasta... The prep time doesn't include the time to peel and chop the onions. This recipe was found in How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. This is a wonderful cookbook filled with simple tips and recipes for just about anything you can think of . Use the oil option to make this dairy free and vegan."

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (174.3 g)
  • Calories 72.9
  • Total Fat - 0.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 37.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 16.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3 g
  • Sugars - 7.2 g
  • Protein - 1.9 g
  • Calcium - 42.8 mg
  • Iron - 0.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 12.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Place sliced onions in a large skillet over medium heat.

Step 2

Cover and cook, stirring infrequently, until they are dry and almost sticking to the pan (about 20 min).

Step 3

Now stir in the oil or butter plus a large pinch of salt.

Step 4

Reduce heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally and adding oil or butter as needed to keep them from sticking without getting greasy, for 40 to 60 minutes, depending on how you want them.(See Notes at end on directions).

Step 5

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Step 6

Serve hot or at room temperature.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.