Candied Onions

Elevate your culinary creations with these candied onions, adding a touch of sweet sophistication to your favorite savory dishes. Their rich, caramelized goodness is sure to become a memorable addition to your kitchen repertoire.

Candied Onions

Serve the candied onions as a flavorful topping for grilled meats, burgers, sandwiches, or even as a unique addition to a charcuterie board.
Their sweet and savory profile makes them a versatile and delightful condiment.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine French
Servings 4


  • 1 skillet


  • 1 red onion
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar or white sugar
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • salt and pepper
  • Optional: fresh thym leaves


  • Peel the onions and thinly slice them into rings or half-moons, depending on your preference.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, melt the olive oil. Add the sliced onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions become soft and golden brown, typically around 10-15 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar over the caramelized onions. Stir to combine and allow the sugar to dissolve into the onions.
  • Pour in the balsamic vinegar, stirring to coat the onions evenly. This adds a delightful tangy note to complement the sweetness.
  • Season the candied onions with salt and black pepper. Reduce the heat to low and let the onions simmer, absorbing the flavors, for an additional 5-7 minutes.
  • If you prefer a thicker sauce, continue simmering until the liquid reduces and forms a syrupy consistency. Keep a close eye to prevent burning.
  • Once the onions are caramelized to perfection and the sauce has thickened, remove the skillet from heat. If desired, garnish with fresh thyme leaves for a burst of herbal aroma.


  • Experiment with different types of onions for varied flavor profiles.
  • Adjust the sweetness by adding more or less brown sugar according to your taste preference.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer. Reheat gently before serving.
Keyword Caramelized onion, Condiment

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