how to caramelize onions

I was putting away groceries and realized I bought a bunch of onions when I already had a bunch of onions. Whoops. So I needed to get rid of come onions. So I decided to caramelize an onion to throw on top of our carnitas tacos. (Which was amazing, by the way.) We love caramelized onions – we throw them on top of burgers and steaks, top pizza with them, make dip… even make French Onion Soup!

They’re super easy!

How to Caramelize Onions

1 large onion, sliced per your preference
2 tablespoons olive oil or butter or some of each
Heavy pinch of salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Heavy pinch of sugar

Heat a sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add the oil/butter.

Sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper. Sauté on medium heat, stirring occasionally. VERY occasionally. The best thing is to just walk away for a bit at a time. I’m usually cooking the rest of dinner, so they don’t get too much attention. You need to let them sit in order for them to brown.

getting closer

When they’re starting to brown, add a pinch of sugar.
Keep tossing occasionally until they are a deep, golden brown.

almost there


About Melissa

Melissa is founder of Girlymama and co-founder of the mom fashion blog, All Things Chic. You can also find her designing blogs at Eliza Grace Design and on Twitter as Melissa Angert.


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    EveryChapter says:

    Those look delicious- makes me want Ruffles and sour cream…mmmm