caramelized onions

caramelized onions

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There is an art to caramelizing onions. Okay, maybe just patience. It takes time to get onions to caramelized perfection and it’s totally worth it. Give onions the time they need to go through the stages_ 1) translucent, 2) blonde, 3) golden, and 4) caramelized. 

Makes 2 cups


6 large onions (4 pounds)

1/2 cup olive oil


Peel the onions, cut them in half and then dice into about 1/4-inch pieces. 

Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok and add the onions. Cook at high heat stirring every 3 to 4 minutes until they begin to show a light brown color, 20 to 30 minutes. They will sweat and begin to reduce in volume.

Turn the heat down to medium and continue cooking while stirring frequently until they are a dark golden brown. They will considerably reduce in volume, 20 to 30 minutes more. If they stick to the bottom of the pan, add a tablespoon or two more of oil.


notes & variations

At this point you can_

  • Store the caramelized onions in an airtight container in the fridge for a little over a month!

  • Make a caramelized onion purée by adding to a food processor and pulsing until smooth. 

caramelized onion purée

caramelized onion purée

stages of caramelization