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How-To Tuesday :: How to Caramelize Onions

How to Caramelize Onion with step by step photosIt’s a new year and it’s a new round of How To Tuesdays! To tell you the truth, these are my favorite posts to write. How-To Tuesdays are basic tips, tricks and step by step photos of all of those little cooking things that make every day food extraordinary. If you’re new to the series, be sure to check them all out in my Recipe Index under How-To! To start off 2014 and this inagural How-To, I thought I would show you how I caramelize an onion. It’s one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen because caramelized onions have a wonderful sweet and buttery flavor. You can’t name a sandwich or burger that isn’t made better with caramelized onion!

And it’s not just burgers and sandwiches that are made better by caramelized onion – but other things too! I love adding them to my frittatas! Try this Asparagus and Caramelized Balsamic Onion Frittata.

But if you’re a caramelized onion traditionalist and love it on a sandwich, this Roast Turkey and Vegetable Panini is perfect.True story, I keep a container of pre-made caramelized onions in my fridge for when the craving calls.

How to Caramelize Onion Steps 1-4Step 1 :: Lop off the ends of your onion. You can caramelize any type of onion. I used a yellow onion here. Walla Walla Sweets are my favorite. But don’t be afraid to caramelize a red onion!

Step 2 :: Set the onion on one of its cut ends and cut the onion in half.

Step 3 :: Peel the skin off the halves of the onion and throw away.

Step 4 :: Lay the onion flat side down and thinly slice in even slices. Even slices mean even caramelizing. I cut my slices about 1/8th inch. How to Caramelize Onion Steps 5-7Step 4 :: Add butter. Over medium heat, melt 2-3 Tablespoons of butter. Some people might use non-stick spray or olive oil, but I think butter browns so much better. And it tastes better. I motion for more butter in 2014. Once the butter is melted and sizzling, add in your onion. If your’e caramelizing one large onion, caramelize in two batches. Crowding the pan with too many onions steams the onion and won’t allow them to brown as well.

Step 5 :: As the onions start to brown and bits of brown end up on the bottom of your pan, stir the onions and let them rest. Constant stirring won’t allow them to brown, so don’t be afraid to let them sit and cook for a few minutes in between stirs. I know, it’s nerve wracking.

Step 6 :: When onions are soft, and all are golden brown and translucent you’re done!

That’s all it is – easy peasy!

If you’re feeling like a rebel, try new onions, I also love caramelized red onions and adding a little balsamic vinegar near the end to create a gorgeous glaze over the top. It’s heavenly!

I hope caramelized onions dance in your dreams and you make some soon!

Do you like these How-To Tuesdays? Let me know any how-to’s you’d like to learn this year and I’ll add them to the list! 

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15 Responses to “How-To Tuesday :: How to Caramelize Onions”

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    cassie — January 7, 2014 @ 6:13 am

    My mouth is watering!

    • Megan replied: — January 7th, 2014 @ 8:55 am

      Well thanks Love! What a testimonial!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — January 7, 2014 @ 6:24 am

    Caramelized onions are practically butter in my book–they taste amazing on just about anything! Love ’em on sammies and pizzas especially. Great tutorial girl!

    • Megan replied: — January 7th, 2014 @ 8:55 am

      I love them on pizza!! Like, amazingness and a half. And they’re right next to butter and bacon on the must haves!

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — January 7, 2014 @ 6:37 am

    Caramelized onions are one of the greatest things on earth!! Awesome tutorial!

    • Megan replied: — January 7th, 2014 @ 8:54 am

      I 110% totally agree – top caramelized onions on EVERYTHING!!

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    Shaina — January 7, 2014 @ 7:13 am

    Lovely photos!

    • Megan replied: — January 7th, 2014 @ 8:54 am

      Thanks so much Shaina! I got a new camera, so this was my first post using it. Such a new learning experience!

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    Jenny Flake — January 7, 2014 @ 10:09 am

    I don’t know why I don’t make more caramelized onions?! They are good on about everything! Mmmmm. xoxo

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — January 7, 2014 @ 5:54 pm

    Caramelized onions are my favorite yet I never make them. At least now I will know how to cook them properly.

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    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — January 7, 2014 @ 6:20 pm

    This is something EVERYONE should learn how to do! Excellent tutorial 🙂

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    Tieghan — January 7, 2014 @ 9:11 pm

    Ummm……yes, butter is a must when caramelizing onions. I mean occasionally I will use olive oil, but only if I am trying to be like a healthy and to be honest I really just always use butter. It rules.

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    Bri — January 8, 2014 @ 4:29 am

    I made caramelized onions for our pizza last night. So good! I’m not a fan of raw onions and caramelized is the best!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — January 8, 2014 @ 6:17 pm

    Caramelized onions are amaaaazing. I could eat them like candy…I mean….

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — January 10, 2014 @ 7:27 am

    Who can resist caramelized onions?! This is definitely something everyone should know how to do!

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