How to Caramelize Onions

 

Hands down the greatest addition to any food. Let’s roll.

 
I don't know about you, but I love the taste of caramelized onions. Soft, sweet, a little smoky, and absolutely delicious. It's one of those things that instantly elevates the quality of the food - at least in my humble opinion. I know I always get excited when a sandwich or salad has caramelized onions on it.
 
 

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Skillet (I used my cast iron skillet)

  • Wooden spoon 

  • 1 large sweet yellow onion

  • 3 tablespoons of butter

  • Dash of white wine

  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce

  • Salt and pepper

HOW TO DO IT

  1. Melt the butter in a skillet set over medium/medium-low heat. I set my electric stove to 4 out of 10).

  2. Slice the onion and add it to the skillet.

  3. From here until the end, it's a matter of stirring every few minutes making sure the onions are caramelizing slowly and not burning. Use your eyes to judge if you need to reduce the heat. At the same time, the onions should have a gentle sizzle to them so if they aren't gently browning, you might need to increase the heat. 

  4. The whole process will take about 30 minutes if you keep stirring every 3-5 minutes or so.

  5. When the onions are nicely caramelized and have deep brown color, add a dash of the white wine to deglaze the skillet and incorporate those delicious bits (fond for the fancy folk) into the onions. Having a little acidity adds amazing complexity to the onions.

  6. This is optional, but I think it puts the onions on a whole new level - add a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Very subtle but an absolute bomb.

  7. Add a pinch of salt and a few grinds of freshly cracked black pepper and you are done!

  8. Stir it all to combine and enjoy immediately or as a delicious addition on just about anything!

Happy eating!

 
 
 

I don't know about you, but I love the taste of caramelized onions. Soft, sweet, a little smoky, and absolutely delicious. It's one of those things that instantly elevates the quality of the food - at least in my humble opinion. I know I always get excited when a sandwich or salad has caramelized onions on it. Even though caramelizing onions is straightforward, it does require a little bit of finesse and patience. The major challenge is controlling the heat so that the onions have enough time to slowly caramelize and not burn too fast. But I promise that once you do it, you'll see the magic. Below is a short video I made showing you the process. It takes about 30 minutes, but the results are well worth the time. Enjoy!