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How to Caramelize Onions

Remember that caramelizing onions takes patience! Keep heat and medium and stir frequently.
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword easy dinner recipe, how to
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Linda Spiker


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 onions peeled and thinly sliced my favorite are red
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons balsamic glaze


  1. Place a large pan on medium/high heat
  2. Add butter and olive oil
  3. When hot, add onions
  4. Cook, stirring frequently until the onions are really going, then turn heat to medium and keep it there as onions reduce
  5. When onions lose at least half their volume sprinkle with sea salt and pepper to taste
  6. When onions are done (usually 25-30 minutes) turn off heat
  7. Drizzle with balsamic glaze
  8. Place atop or in whatever recipe you choose!