36 Recipes Containing Caramelized Onions, Nectar of the Gods

Hello and welcome to this thing we’re doing where we help you figure out what you’re gonna put in your mouth this week. Some of these are recipes we’ve tried, some of these are recipes we’re looking forward to trying, all of them are fucking delicious. Tell us what you want to put in your piehole or suggest your own recipes, and we’ll talk about which things we made, which things we loved, and which things have changed us irreversibly as people. Last week, we ate food that said BOO (for Halloween).


Last winter, Autostraddle posted instructions on how to make caramelized onions in a slow cooker, and it was an absolute revelation. This recipe knowledge changed my life, y’all. And I’m here today to continue the Lord’s work and spread the good word.

1. How To Make Caramelized Onions In A Slow Cooker

This is it! Salvation. Salivation. Slow cooker caramelized onions. Praise. There’s also a recipe for plain rice pilaf below the slow cooker instructions.

2. Balsalmic Caramelized Onions

3. Kale, Ricotta and Caramelized Onion Pizza

4. Cornbread with Caramelized Apples and Onions

5. Quinoa Olive Focaccia Crust Pizza with Israeli Z’atar, Caramelized Onions and Pomegranate

6. Red Wine Caramelized Onions and Goats Cheese Tartlets

7. Pierogis

Says Rachel: “I didn’t even try to replace the bacon and sour cream because I personally find the vegan versions of these products to be sort of awful, but reader! I did not miss them. Why? Because these are delicious pierogi, and needed no adornment to be perfect and wonderful and exactly what I needed. Also, if you’re worried about them somehow being transformed into health food, you can stop. It’s all white flour and white potatoes up in here. Rejoice!”

8. Tomato and Caramelized Onion Tart

9. Moroccan Spiced Roasted Butternut Squash with Caramelized Onions

10. Skillet Chicken with Grapes and Caramelized Onions

11. Chipotle Beef Tacos with Caramelized Onions

12. Prawn and Pork Pancake with Caramelized Onions and Crispy Noodles (Okonomiyaki)

Prawn and Pork Pancake With Caramelized Onions and Crispy Noodles (Okonomiyaki)

Via SBS.

13. Butternut Squash Galette

Lisa: “A galette is not, as it sounds, a type of dance that is performed in pointy leather shoes and some kind of fancy hat. It is a free-form tart! That you can fill with whatever you want!”

14. Caramelized Onion Marmalade Served with Steak and Chips

15. Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Gouda

16. Mujadara Lentils and Rice with Caramelized Onions

17. Egg Salad and Caramelized Onion Sandwiches

18. Caramelized Onion, Bacon and Pear Pizza Recipe

19. Fig Balsamic Caramelized Onions, Farro and Pumpernickel Bread Stuffing

20. Roast Pork and Caramelized Balsamic Onions

21. Roast Beef and Caramelized Onion Sliders

22. Baked Wild Rice with Kale, Caramelized Onions, and Soft-Cooked Eggs

23. Caramelized Onion, Rosemary and Olive Focaccia

24. Apple and Caramelized Onion Potato Pancakes

This is really quick to make, if you’ve caramelized the onions ahead of time! And even quicker if you have a julienne slicer. My advice is to be generous with the apples and onions, and make the pancakes really thin so they’re crispier.

25. Roasted Portobello Mushroom Caps with Apple Pecan Stuffing and Caramelized Onion Mushroom Gravy

26. Baked Goat Cheese Dip with Caramelized Onions and California Figs

27. Caramelized Balsamic Onion Tarte Tatin

Caramelised balsamic onion tarte tatin

Via SBS.

28. Pear and Caramelized Onion Galette

28. Lamb and Caramelized Onion Pilau

29. Sweet Potato, Balsamic Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Galette

30. Braised Onion Pasta

Braised Onion Sauce

Via Food 52.

I just love the description of this dish: “There’s a borderline obscene amount of butter. And you cook the onions for as long as you can possibly stand it — sautéing slow and low is nothing if not a tantric exercise — and then you cook them a little more, this time soaked in Madiera. What you’ve created is the highest form of caramelized onions known to man. Are you scared of the amount of butter pooling in the pan? Good. Add some more.”

31. Caramelized Onion Savory Cheesecake

32. Caramelized Onion Tortes

33. Caramelized Onion Dip

34. Roasted Garlic Caramelized Onion Dip

35. Cheddar Apple Caramelized Onion Pizzettes

One time I fed this to my roommate and they said they might cry, it was so good.

36. Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Filo Tart

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Laura Mandanas

Laura Mandanas is a Filipina American living in Boston. By day, she works as an industrial engineer. By night, she is beautiful and terrible as the morn, treacherous as the seas, stronger than the foundations of the Earth. All shall love her and despair. Follow her: @LauraMWrites.

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  1. This feels like it should be illegal. Too much goodness in one place. brb gonna go make cartelized onions in the SLOW COOKER!!

  2. Holy moly, the caramelized onion tarte tatin looks fantastic. I’ve only ever made them with apples, so this will be fun to try.

  3. Well, this looks like an amazing list!

    Also, re: 14 “Caramelized Onion Marmalade Served with Steak and Chips” <<< this is the way I like to approach meals, i.e. pick the condiment first and then think up something to be the vehicle for it.

    Also! A tip! If you're making a curry, slice up half an onion at the start, and get it going in a couple of spoons of oil in a frying pan on a low heat while you chop up everything else and generally dance round the kitchen. If you have enough oil/not too high a heat, you will hardly even need to touch them, and then BY MAGIC when your curry is done, you will have a handful of deliciously caramelised, crisp onion strands to adorn your curry and make it and the world a sweeter place.

      • *$”%)£”%! Never made a curry at home!

        If you do want to try one this week, and you want to try out the onion pro-tip, give this a whirl. It’s quick, doesn’t use anything that’s hard to get hold of, and tastes great (well, it does if you love spinach)

        (also works paneer instead of chicken, or even potato. And use less water unless you want to watch it simmer away for three years)

  4. Um. Wow. YUM.

    Also, caramelized onions and/or roasted garlic are truly excellent on top of Brie. Makes for a nice ~fancy~ appetizer if you’re entertaining people.

  5. Laura thank you for bringing joy to my day and reminding me of the slow cooker caramelised onions. I think my meals are about to get a whole lot fancier

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