Quick Caramelized Onions Recipe

Published on April 30th 2022 by Jennifer Dodd.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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Sweet, salty, savory, and delicious are only some of the words to describe the intense flavors associated with caramelized onions. When making traditional caramelized onions, they are typically cooked down low and slow in their juices for about an hour. Making Quick Caramelized Onions doesn't skip out on the flavors, just the cooking time. The key is to use a heavy-bottomed pot and a little sugar to help archive that golden goodness. Onions are naturally vegan, using only five ingredients, sweet vedalia onions, olive oil, salt, sugar, and water. Vedalia onions contain more organic sugars, making them lovely than savory and perfect for caramelized onions. If vedalia onions aren't available at your local grocer, feel free to use any other type of onions.

You will be adding quick caramelized onions to all your dishes. They pair perfectly in any sandwich and savory breakfast dishes and enhance your soups and sauces by chopping and adding them in. Onions might make you cry a little, but this recipe will only bring you tears of pure joy. 


Author: Jennifer Dodd
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Time & Serves

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
4 persons


  • 3 medium Sweet Vedalia Onions, julienne 

  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil 

  • 2 tablespoons Granulated Sugar 

  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt

  • 1/2 cup Water 


Place a heavy-bottomed pot onto medium heat onto the stovetop. 

Add the olive oil and allow it to heat up for 30 seconds. 

Add in half the onions, cook for 1 minute, stirring with a wooden spoon until they start to turn translucent.

Add the remainder of the onions and sugar, stirring and cooking for 2 minutes. 

Turn the heat down to medium after adding the water. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, so the onions don't burn on the bottom of the pot. 

Turn off the heat. Add in the salt. Enjoy your caramelized onions right away or store them covered in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

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