How to Caramelize Onions

Caramelized Onions

Patience has been my repeat New Year’s resolution for the last two decades.
  • Grocery store lines prickle my skin.
  • Red lights make me antsy.
  • Peeking at Christmas presents? Guilty!

In general, I detest waiting, unless it’s worth it. Really worth it.

Perfectly CARAMELIZED ONIONS are worth it.

Caramelizing onions transforms them from pale, pungent slices into sweet, rich ribbons of velvet. It is a process that takes at least a half hour, more if you truly take advantage of the onions’ potential. The flavor, versatility, and depth you receive in return for perfectly CARAMELIZED ONIONS, however, is worth every fragrant minute.

how to caramelize onions. Perfect recipe
Who would have guessed that these lovely rounds could be transformed to caramel?

Because the cook time is largely unattended, caramelizing onions is a task you can literally shift to the back burner. Another time-saving option is to prepare them in advance, then store in the fridge until ready for use.

how to caramelize onions. Perfect recipe
Pungent slices, about to be caramelized into sweet ribbons.

CARAMELIZED ONIONS are exquisite, versatile, and shockingly simple to prepare. Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy them:

The Law Student’s Wife’s yummy uses forperfectly CARAMELIZED ONIONS

  1. Top pizzas and flatbreads
  2. Thicken sauces and soups
  3. Add to quiche
    • Caramelized onions, turkey bacon, and spinach make a stellar combo in this Man Quiche
  4. Fold into bread dough
    • Incorporate a healthy portion into this heavenly Rosemary Olive Oil Bread. Keep the rosemary or let the caramelized onions shine on their own
  5. Top rolls and baguettes prior to baking
  6. Serve as an easy side dish
Whatever your end, these perfectly CARAMELIZED ONIONS are worth the wait.

Perfectly Caramelized Onions

how to caramelize onions. Perfect recipe
Perfectly Caramelized Onions. Flavorful, versatile, and simple to prepare.

How to Caramelize Onions

Step by step to make perfectly caramelized onions.


  • 3 medium yellow onions
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • Pinch salt


  1. Thinly slice onions. Place in a large skillet over medium heat. Cover and let cook, stirring occasionally (about once every five minutes), until the onions are dry but not yet sticking to the pan, about 15-20 minutes.
  2. Stir in olive oil and salt, then cover and reduce heat to low. Continue to cook, stirring infrequently, until the onions turn a deep caramel brown, at least 15 minutes and up to 40 minutes more. Use as desired.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Carmelized Onions Recipe, How to Caramelize Onions

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…


  1. Rachel Hochstetler Reply

    not only do we have the same tastebuds and food preferences, we have the SAME PAN!

  2. I’m pretty obsessed with caramelized onions too! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love love love anything and everything about caramelized onions! I put them on everything -s andwiches, salads (yes, salads!), black bean burgers, etc! You’ve sparked a craving in me today – I must make some this weekend. :)

  4. Yum! We love caramelized onions on pizzas, hot dogs, burgers, and more. Thanks for the post!

  5. You’re absolutely right, caramelized onions are totally worth a load of patience. My favorite way to use them is on perfectly-grilled burgers stuffed with blue cheese on buns spread with homemade mayo. Delicious!

    By the way, I found your blog through Not Without Salt. What a fun discovery!

    • Welcome! Thanks for saying hi and for your comment. So happy to have you here!
      Oh my goodness, you have just described a wonderful burger that would put me into a happy food coma. While I’ve had stuffed burgers in the past (the “juicy lucy” is a source of city pride in Minneapolis, where I spent several years), I’ve never tried one with blue cheese. Sounds amazing and caramelized onions would be a perfect pairing.

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