Easy caramelized onions are cooked slowly in olive oil and butter until they turn into golden- brown, deliciously sweet caramelized onions.
There are plenty recipes out there for quick caramelized onions, however, I think there are some things that need to take time to cook. Making caramelized onions is easy, but it takes time if you want melt in your mouth onions.
Onions are naturally sweet and when they cook low and slow, the sugars break down to create insanely flavorful onions. When the the onions are cooked too fast over high heat, they will burn. Take your time with these, it is time well spent, and it’s mostly hands off except for a quick stir every 5 minutes or so.
Caramelized onions can turn an ordinary dish into an amazingly delicious creation. Try them on top of a pizza, hamburgers, steak, or grilled chicken. Add them to your favorite soups, stews, and sauce to kick up the flavor. They can also be frozen for future use.
Here is what you will need
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Onions – Yellow or sweet onions work best, however you can use any kind of onion you like.
Unsalted butter – Adds a rich buttery flavor to the onions. If you don’t care for butter or are vegan, you can use avocado or olive oil.
Sea salt – Helps to break down the sugars in the onions.
Water – Is optional and helps to scrape the bits off of the bottom of the pan at the end of cooking.
Here is how to make easy caramelized onions
Onions cook slowly while they sweat and break down during the caramelization process which takes about 35 to 45 minutes.
Start by slicing the onions and set them aside.
Melt the butter and oil in a pan.
Add the sliced onions and stir in the salt, let the onions to cook for 5 minutes undisturbed.
Reduce the heat and let them cook low and slow for up to 45 minutes checking them periodically.
Stir them about every 5 minutes to keep them from sticking to the pan,
Scrape up the bits of onion that are stuck to the pan as you go along.
You may need to add a little bit of water at the end of the cooking process to prevent the onions from sticking to the pan.
Tips and Variations
- Store unused caramelized onions in the refrigerator for several days
- Freeze them in portion sized containers for up to 3 months.
- For extra flavor add a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar or red wine during the last 10 minutes of cooking time.
- Make Vegan Caramelized Onions – Replace the butter with an equal amount of olive or avocado oil
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Nutrition information is provided by Nutrifox, an online calculator and is meant to be used for informational purposes only. Even though I try to provide accurate information, these figures should still be considered as estimates.