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Learn to make these Quick & Easy Garlic Caramelized Onions at home! These caramelized onions are rich and sweet, golden brown with a touch of garlic! Add them to pizza, pastas, plant-based burgers, soups, dips, and more!
I could grab a fork and eat these sweet caramelized onions right from the pan! And maybe unlike other caramelized onion recipes you’ve seen, mine are ready in 30 minutes. You could let them caramelize longer, but I find them to be perfectly delicious in just 30 minutes.
I wasn’t going to add this recipe to the blog, because I thought… it’s too basic, no?! But by the reaction I got on social media, I decided to dedicate a whole post to these delicious onions.
Sweet yellow onions 🧅 . Maybe it’s the sweet yellow onions that allow for less than the normal hour it takes to make caramelized onions, they are already a bit naturally sweeter than regular white onions. You’ll need two large sweet yellow onions for this recipe.
Olive oil. Make sure you use a high quality olive oil. You’ll need 1/4 cup for this caramelized onion recipe.
Salt. I like to use pink Himalayan salt. I find the salt flavor to be a little milder and it really brings out the sweetness of the onions! You could of course use regular salt. You’ll need 1 tablespoon of salt for this recipe.
Garlic. Adding garlic is optional, but I’m Italian and I add garlic to anything I can 😂. I do really find adding garlic brings the flavor to a new level, not to mention garlic is really healthy for you. I used one medium head of garlic, about 12 cloves.
Slice the onions. First I peel the onions and the. Slice them in half. From there I slice the onions as evenly as possible so that they cook at the same rate.
Sauté the onions. Add the sliced onions, olive oil, salt, and peeled garlic cloves to a large skillet. Be sure you select a good pan at the right size. Cast iron skillets also work well for caramelizing onions. Sauté the onions and over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the onions soften.
If the onions start to burn or stick to the bottom of the pan, reduce the heat to low and add a splash of water to deglaze the pan.
The exact timing will depend on the size of your pan and onions, and the heat of your stove, but mine took only 30 minutes. You’ll know they are done when they look like this👇🏻
There are lots of ways to use caramelized onions, but here are a few of my favorite ways to include them into a dish:
On pizza. Adding caramelized onions on pizza has become one of my favorite toppings! You can try them to this kale chickpea sweet potato crust pizza!
In pasta. Specifically my French Onion Gnocchi, but you can add caramelized onions to any pasta dish, they would add so much flavor! You can also add them to your pasta sauce like I did in my Caramelized Onion and Garlic Roasted Tomato Sauce recipe!
On a plant-based burger. Pile them onto these Cranberry Falafel Burgers, for example.
In a salad. These onions would be so good in my Cheeseburger Salad Bowls!
On a sandwich. Maybe even stuffed in a vegan grilled cheese.
In soup. I need to make French Onion Soup… but until I get a recipe for vegan French onion soup on the blog, you can try adding these caramelized onions to my minestrone soup!
What is your favorite way to enjoy to use caramelized onions? Let me know in the comments below!
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Add everything to a skillet and sauté for about 30 minutes over medium-low heat, tossing occasionally. If the bottom starts to burn, add a little water and turn the heat down to low.
Enjoy them on plant-based burgers, pizza, pasta, in wraps, on hummus, in salads, fajitas and more!
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