Perfect Caramelized Onions

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3.67 from 3 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 50 minutes

This recipe makes perfect caramelized onions every single time. This caramelized onions recipe will change your life. These golden brown beauties will be the perfect partner for all your favorite soups, dips, pizza, sandwiches, (especially grilled cheese). A big pile of these savory onion slices are that extra something on your veggie burger. Don’t even get me started about the flavor of French Onion Soup and everyone’s favorite Potato chip partner Onion Dip! The caramelization process brings out the natural sweetness of the onions and is a compliment to so many of my favorite dishes. You can even save leftovers in ice cubs trays to add to your onion recipes (a quick hack used by many home cooks when they don’t have the patience to make again from scratch).

This easy recipe makes perfect caramelized onions every single time.

Caramelized onions are one of my favorite condiments.  As the onions cook down and become sweet and caramel-y.  And, your kitchen fills with an amazing aroma.

These onions would be incredible on so many things…Mac & Cheese, Steak Subs and my Jack Daniels Whiskey Burger.

This easy recipe makes perfect caramelized onions every single time.

You can make these onions ahead of time and stash them in the fridge.  When you’re ready to use them, just warm on the stove and add a splash of water to perk them up.

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Caramelized Onions

Pan filled with golden fried onions.
3.67 from 3 votes

How to Caramelize Onions

Yield: 2 cups
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
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  • 4 inch yellow onions, sliced 1/4 thick
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Melt butter and onions in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Stir in brown sugar and salt; add onions and stir for 5 minutes.
  • Turn heat down to medium-low and cook onions for 40 minutes.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 1214mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramelized onions, onion

2 thoughts on “Perfect Caramelized Onions”

  1. 1 star
    There are no shortcuts to caramelized onions. I tried this recipe for a pizza topping & it was mushy & tasted awful.

    • I have made this recipe a lot. The video is very helpful, the directions have to be followed exactly. It really does work! I promise.


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