Onion Soubise



Published by Hyperion

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Editor's Note: Add a unique taste to almost any meal when you include this recipe for Onion Soubise! This easy sauce recipe is the perfect complement to just about any roast you plan to cook, and will instantly elevate any dinner to all-star status. Your family and friends will also be incredibly impressed that you can whip up this onion soubise with seemingly little effort and have it ready to serve in no time. You'll find this five-ingredient sauce recipe is one that you will want to keep up your sleeves the next time you feel dinner needs something a bit special. 

Onion soubise is a My Fair Lady of cooking. Long, gentle cooking mellows brash onions into an unrecognizably suave, sweet side dish. The onions swelter in their own juices for a half hour. You will love this dish...even if you’re a lifelong onion hater. It goes with anything and everything, and complements bitter greens especially well. Onion soubise is a dish you’ll find yourself making again and again.

Serves4 Portions



Recipe CourseSide Dish

Five Ingredients or LessYes


Taste and TextureButtery, Savory, Sweet

Type of DishSauces


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 pound sweet (such as Vidalia or Maui) or spring onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • Ground pepper to taste


  1. In a wide sauté pan or saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Add onions, season with salt, and stir to coat with butter. Cover pan and, stirring occasionally, cook until softened, 20 to 25 minutes. 

  2. Uncover and cook just until most of the liquid has evaporated. Look for the viscous texture of a marmalade. 

  3. Stir in chives and season with salt and pepper to taste.

How to Cook with Onion Soubise

Are you ready to do some cooking? If you have a roast on your menu, then add this recipe for Onion Soubise to add some elegance to the meal. You can also drizzle this special sauce over your favorite steamed or baked vegetables to give them some added flavor and a little bit of pizzazz. When making the sauce, you'll need to remember to time everything so that it can be used with the roast or vegetables shortly after it is cooked. Take a look at these recipes for some inspiration regarding how you can add something special to the meal. 

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