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How to Make Caramelized Onions


  • 3 medium sized onions sliced into thin wedges, end to end
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • sea salt
  • water
  • Optional: sugar balsamic vinegar


  • Heat butter and olive oil on medium heat on the stovetop in a large frying pan until sizzling.
  • Add onions and stir well to coat.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes, then stir.
  • Allow the onions on the bottom of the pan to brown well, but not burn.
  • Then stir again, scraping up all the dark bits formed on the bottom of the pan each time.
  • When onions become dry, add a little bit of water - several tablespoons at a time.
  • Keep doing this, for 30 - 45 minutes, or until you have deep, dark caramelized onions.
  • Salt onions to taste.
  • Optional: add a pinch of sugar to sweeten if needed, or a splash of balsamic vinegar for extra flavor.