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Caramelized onions in a stainless steel pan.
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5 from 8 votes

Easy Caramelized Onions

Caramelized onions are a tasty addition to so many recipes. Cooked low and slow, the onions turn golden and sweet. Watch the video above to see how easy they are to make!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Course: sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caramelized Onion Recipe, Caramelized Onions, Caramelized Onions, How to Caramelize Onions
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 84kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan


  • 2 onion sliced
  • 2 tbsp butter, ghee or oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • water or broth as needed


  • Add the butter or oil and sliced onions to a large pan on medium heat.
  • Give them a stir to ensure the onions are all fully coated, then sprinkle on the salt and stir again.
  • Reduce the heat to medium low (or low if you have a large burner) and stir the onions every 2-3 minutes, allowing them to caramelize on the bottom in between stirring.
  • If the onion start to dry out and stick to the pan, add 1-2 tablespoons of water or broth to deglaze the pan (give it a good scrape) and rehydrate the onions.
  • Continue this process of stirring, scraping and deglazing until the onions have cooked for 45 minutes or until they're cooked to your liking.
  • Use the caramelized onions on a variety of recipes or store in the fridge for several days.



  • If using butter, make sure you also add at least one tablespoon of oil to increase the smoke point of the butter and prevent the butter from burning.
  • I think it's best to make caramelized onions in a stainless steel or cast iron pan, not a non-stick pan. You want all those dark crispy bits! 


Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 584mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.1mg