caramelized onions

Caramelized Onions

  • Author: Katie
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/4 cup 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


How to make caramelized onions without burning them. Use a covered saucepan and control the amount of browning by adding water as they soften.



1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon avocado oil or olive oil

2 large onions, into thin slices

¼ teaspoon salt

2 to 4 tablespoons water, as necessary


  1. Swirl oil in the bottom of an unheated heavy bottom saucepan. Add onion and salt and place cover on top. Set over medium-high heat.
  2. Cook onions, removing lid to stir every minute or two until the onion is soft and starting to brown along the edges, about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove lid and reduce heat to medium-low. Continue cooking, uncovered stirring occasionally 7 to 10 minutes. You may need to add 1 tablespoon of water at a time to prevent burning before the onions are completely softened. Onions will be done when they are completely soft and browned.


Tip: When the onions are done, if browned bits have formed along the bottom of the pan, leave the saucepan off the heat, covered for 3 minutes. Remove lid and stir and the caramelized bits will melt into the onions.


  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 48 calories

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