Quick Caramelized Onions

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4.45 from 65 votes
How to Make Caramelized Onions has never been easier with this ingenious trick to make them perfect every time. These golden sweet beauties will enhance any dish. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU FOLLOW THE RECIPE EXACTLY!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Caramelized onions in a white dish with tan napkin

These quick Caramelized Onions are ready in 10 short minutes. I use a little trick to speed up the process. Now you can have this sweet condiment in minutes!

Caramelized onions in a white dish with tan napkin

This is an expert way on How to Caramelized Onions. They are a sweet addition that brings another level of flavor to almost any dish.

What does caramelized mean, anyway? Find out here.

  • 10 Minutes: just a few minutes to perfection
  • Easy Ingredients: Only four pantry staples to make.
  • Family Friendly: Even finicky eaters love this sweet addition.
  • Adaptable: Amazing on anything.

What You Need to Make Caramelized Onions

Ingredients

  • onions
  • canola oil
  • baking soda
  • salt

Equipment

How to Make Caramelized Onions – Step by Step

Onions chopped before cooking in the pan cooking and the finished onions.
  • Peel and Slice: First, peel onions and cut in half lengthwise and then slice onion halves into 1/4 inch slices.
  • Skillet: Second, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat and then add onions and sprinkle with baking soda.
  • Cook: Third, cook onions, stirring periodically, for 10 minutes until golden brown and soft.
  • Salt: Finally, stir in salt just before removing from the pan.

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Common Questions About This Onion Recipe

HOW DOES THIS WORK?

Baking soda helps onions to caramelize much faster by raising their pH level which is responsible for the browning of the sugars in food.

RECIPE BE HALVED OR DOUBLED?

Of course, I love to have this handy topper on hand so make extra, however, if you have a small family simple reduce amounts.

USING A VEGETABLE SLICER?

The vegetable slicer is so handy for many things but absolutely the best for slicing onions evenly and quickly.

BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME?

Above all, this is an easy recipe so yes!

HOW DO I STORE THIS RECIPE?

I love to store it in a mason jar in the fridge, any airtight container will do.

SERVE WITH RECIPE?

As a base for french onion soup, on top of steak, or burgers. Great for 30 Easy Mexican Recipes or Caramelized Onion Penne.

Carmalized onions on a fork from round white dish

Expert Tips for Making the Best Caramelized Onions

  • Recipe Can be Doubled: A great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately.
  • Store: Lasts up to four days in the fridge.
  • Freeze: Feel free to freeze for up to 4 months.
  • Variation tip: More sugar for a sweeter taste or hit it with a dash of your favorite spice for a little heat.
  • Alternate ingredient: Try a little acid, use your favorite vinegar to up the flavor. I like Balsamic and champagne.

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Caramelized onions in a white dish with tan napkin

Quick Caramelized Onions in 10 Minutes

4.5 from 65 votes
How to Make Caramelized Onions has never been easier with this ingenious trick to make them perfect every time. These golden sweet beauties will enhance any dish. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU FOLLOW THE RECIPE EXACTLY!
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Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white or yellow onions
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt

Instructions

  • Peel onions and cut in half lengthwise.
  • Slice onion halves into 1/4 inch slices.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add onions and sprinkle with baking soda.
  • Cook onions, stirring periodically, for 10 minutes until golden brown and soft.
  • Stir in salt just before removing from the pan.

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Expert Tips

  • Recipe Can be Doubled: A great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately.
  • Store: Lasts up to four days in the fridge.
  • Freeze: Feel free to freeze for up to 4 months.
  • Variation tip: More sugar for a sweeter taste or hit it with a dash of your favorite spice for a little heat.
  • Alternate ingredient: Try a little acid, use your favorite vinegar to up the flavor. I like Balsamic and champagne.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 328mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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