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Caramelized Onion Recipe

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Author: Gretchen


  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter
  • salt


  • Trim and peel the onion, then cut into thin (approximately 1/8”) slices.
  • Melt the 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter in a wide, flat pan over medium-low heat. Add the onion slices and a generous pinch of salt.
  • Cook the onions over medium-low heat, stirring regularly, until they achieve your desired color. This can range anywhere from 40 to 60+ minutes depending on the temperature and how dark and caramelized you want them.


Tip: the closer to done your onions get, the more frequently you need to stir them. If you want them very dark and caramelized, you need to stir pretty much constantly.
Tip 2: if your pan starts to dry and burn, add just a little bit of water, stock, or white wine, depending on your preferred flavor.