Homemade Caramelised Red Onions

Caramelised red onions are one of my favourite recipes to make when onions are extremely affordable. This recipe is sweet, delicious, and super easy to make.

Ramekin filled with caramelised red onions

My favourite way to enjoy caramelised red onions is on pizza with lots of cheese, in soups, toasties, and pasta or paired with cheese on bread or crackers. These would also taste amazing on a burger.

I have learnt over the years that simple touches like these onions can truly take an average dish and elevate it into something spectacular.

Making this recipe requires a few pantry staples, so it’s cost-effective which is perfect for rising food costs. You can make a large batch and store it in glass jars in the refrigerator for 4 weeks.

Why You Will Love These Caramelised Red Onions

  • Simple to make
  • Super delicious
  • Affordable frugal recipe
  • Easy to store in the fridge or preserve

Ingredients For Caramelised Red Onions

Red Onions – A big sack of red onions will do. If you have white or brown onions this recipe will work for them too.
Olive Oil – To cook the onion in. You could also use grapeseed oil.
Bay leaves – These add flavour to the onions while they simmer away.
Salt & Pepper – To season the onions with.

Red onions sitting on chopping board

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Homemade Caramelised Red Onions Recipe

Full directions are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post! 

Peel and chop 6 large onions. Double or triple this recipe as you require. This recipe isn’t difficult, but it can take a while, so I like to make more.

Slice the onions along the grain.

Heat ¼ cup olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. A skillet works well for this.

Add the onion, bay leaves, salt, and pepper once the oil starts sizzling. 

Reduce the heat to low and stir frequently. Cook for 50-60 minutes. 

Once the onion has turned sticky and translucent it will be done. Remove from the heat and store in a glass jar or air-tight container. 

Caramelised red onion in a floral ramekin on wooden dining room table

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Yield: 1 Cup

Homemade Caramelised Red Onions

Ramekin filled with caramelised red onions

Caramelised red onions are one of my favourite recipes to make when onions are extremely affordable. This recipe is sweet, delicious, and super easy to make. Making this recipe requires a few pantry staples, so it’s cost-effective which is perfect for rising food prices. You can make a large batch and store it in glass jars in the refrigerator for 4 weeks.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 large red onions
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt & pepper to season

Instructions

  1. Peel and chop 6 large onions. Double or triple this recipe as you require. This recipe isn’t difficult, but it can take a while, so I like to make more.
  2. Slice the onions along the grain.
  3. Heat ¼ cup olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. A skillet works well for this.
  4. Add the onion, bay leaves, salt, and pepper once the oil starts sizzling.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and stir frequently. Cook for 50-60 minutes.
  6. Once the onion has turned sticky and translucent it will be done.
  7. Remove from the heat and store in a glass jar or air-tight container.

Notes

  • You can use white or brown onions for this recipe.
  • Don't have olive oil? Try grapeseed oil.
  • Make a bigger batch because this can be time-consuming. Why not make it worth while.
  • Store in the fridge in an air-tight container or glass jar.
  • Use within a few weeks.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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