HOW TO CARAMELIZE ONIONS

April 13, 2016

I have previously written at length of my love for onions. Well, my very favorite specific way to consume onions might just be caramelized ones. We love them on burgers, sandwiches, and even salads.

Really lots and lots of entrees are just that much better if you top the dish with some caramelized onions. Their perfectly natural sweetness is to be adored and knowing how to nail them every time is a nice tool for the at home cook. This is my tried and true way to make them. The bottom line is low and slow.

HOW TO CARAMELIZE ONIONS from Rachel SchultzHOW TO CARAMELIZE ONIONS
Serves about 1 cup onions

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
2 onions, sliced

Heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once butter is melted, add onions to pan and cook for 3-5 minutes, about when the oil starts sizzling. It is best to slice the onions quite thickly to prevent burning, and because they will reduce significantly in size while caramelizing. After the 3-5 minutes on medium heat, reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 60 minutes, stirring every 5-10 minutes. Deglaze the pan by adding 1 tablespoon of water to lift all the flavorful bits from the pan onto the onions.

HOW TO CARAMELIZE ONIONS
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 onions, sliced
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Once butter is melted, add onions to pan and cook for 3-5 minutes, about when the oil starts sizzling. It is best to slice the onions quite thickly to prevent burning, and because they will reduce significantly in size while caramelizing.
  3. After the 3-5 minutes on medium heat, reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 60 minutes, stirring every 5-10 minutes.
  4. Deglaze the pan by adding 1 tablespoon of water to lift all the flavorful bits from the pan onto the onions.

 

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Comments

  • This is actually so so helpful! I have always wondered how to caramelize onions :) I will have to give it a try this weekend!

    • Rachel Schultz

      I’m so glad. They are the best.

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