Caramelized Onions

  • Prep Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Servings: 4
  • About This Recipe



  • 1/2 cupbutter( or other fat)
  • 3onions, sliced
  • Directions

  • Put the onions in the bowl with the fat or butter. Cover the bowl andmicrowave for 10 minutes on high.
  • Take off the cover, and stir the onions–there should be good bit of liquid in the bowl. Microwave (uncovered) forapproximately 10 more minutes, but keep an eye on it. It should get brown around the edges, so stir it periodically.
  • Eventually it’ll be a brown mass of onions. If you like them crispy, microwave them a bit longer but, again, keep an eye on them–it’s a real short moment between crispy and burnt.
  • You can do this in a conventional oven too, but it takes longer; say around 20 minutes at 350°F with the cover on and another 20 min with the cover off, stirring periodically. Once again, keep an eye on it.
  • Reviews

  • “3 medium onions made a very tasty part of a meal for 3 persons. The recipe ingredients reads “20 butter” and “onions” but doesn’t sayhow many.I used about a 1/2 C. butter and 3 medium onions & it worked out fine and the cooking time seemed to be the right time.3 med. onions would serve 4 people. They would be really yummy atop a thick juicy filet mignon! In fact, I believe that this recipe could be included with a large number of meals of various types.”

  • “I used one stick of butter,4 onions and 1 pound fresh mushrooms,sliced.Plus liberal amountsof salt and pepper.Then served them over the top of grilled chicken.Yummy!!”

  • “This may not be the traditional way to carmelize onions but who cares?They are delicious!My kids even ate them!”

  • “No this is not the traditional recipe – it is MUCH better!
    Usually it is so easy to burn the onions.With the butter – when the water is boiled off the onions fry not burn.
    My new standard!”

  • “GREAT IDEA!!,a real timesaver too wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

  • “I did the onions in a fry pan and cut out the butter – I just sprayed the pan with no oil Mazola. Used a seasoned cast iron pan on low heat covered and it took about 20 minutes -Your recipe gave me the inspriation to do itThanks”

  • “oh wowee and thank you Mlb,I can caramelize everything now, I mince garlic and ginger both into the process you give us 🙂 Sosweet on u — happy holidays also namaste~wille”

  • “This isn’t really how you carmelize onions. Sorry.”

  • “This recipe was for something other than carmelized onions.You would be better off with a traditional recipe.take care,dan”

  • “Made this three times now and have been successful each time.A perfect accompaniment to any meat dish.”

  • “I started to follow the directions…2 onions, sliced…Half a stick of margarine…Put ’em in a covered bowl and nuked for 10 min…Transferred the onions to a small fry pan on low heat…Added a can of mushrooms and about a tsp or so of Worcestershire sauce…In just a couple of minutes they were turning golden and delicious…Quick and easy…”