Caramelized Onions

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo




Total Timeunder 30 minutes

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Formal Dinner Party

Recipe Coursevegetable

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Five Ingredients or LessYes


Taste and Texturebuttery, sweet

Type of Dishvegetable


  • 2 pints pearl onions
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


  1. Make an “X” in the root end of each onion. In a pot of lightly salted boiling water, blanch the onions for about 1 minute. Cool and peel.

  2. Return the onions to boiling water, reduce the heat, and simmer until tender. Drain.

  3. In a skillet, melt the butter over moderate heat. Add the onions, shaking the pan to coat the onions with butter. Sprinkle with the sugar and cook until the sugar beings to caramelize. When the onions take on a caramel color, serve.


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