Skip to Content

Caramelized Balsamic Onions

 Ever see a picture of a food you don’t really like that makes you think you might decide to like that food?

Well, this was my onion revelation. I like [cooked] onions in things, but not alone. Luckily it’s a pretty simple recipe and I had everything on hand [I can’t seem to leave a grocery store without 5 lbs of onions, 6 sweet potatoes and a cabbage, don’t ask]

 Caramelized Balsamic Onions 


  • 4 medium yellow onions, papery skin removed, cut in half (do not cut off roots!)
  • 2 T melted butter
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/3 C balsamic vinegar
  • 2 T water (or chicken broth or dry wine)
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/8 t pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  2. In an oven safe dish whisk together melted butter and olive oil

My house is a brisk 58 degrees so my butter coagulated immediately. It was sad, and kinda gross (above left, eeeeew). So I put the dish on the oven and whisked until the butter re-melted and it looked pretty. That was the only major stumbling block. If you heat your house this shouldn’t be an issue. Whisk in the other ingredients (except onions)

4. Place onions in the dish cut side up, cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes

 5. After 25 minutes remove from the oven, carefully flip using kitchen tongs (the get a little slippery, be careful!)
6. Put them back in the oven, uncovered and cook for another 25 minutes, or until tender and the sauce thickens. I had to cook them a little bit longer.

7. Eat.


I ate mine on fresh [home baked!] toasted rye with some sour cream. Mike wasn’t a fan, but he doesn’t like balsamic vinegar (he’s a freak). I’ll be making this again, probably a smaller batch, as I’m the only one that eats them. And really, how often does the result actually look like this picture!?
This is a recipe re-written from the cook book Garden Fresh:

Disclosure: I am an amazon affiliate, if you happen to buy this book from
amazon via my link I get like 6 cents, or something

[email protected] to the Basics!

Sunday 14th of July 2013

Thanks for sharing this recipe at our 7-Day Real Food Challenge! I'm off to the Farmer's Market so I'll pick up a few extra onions. This will definitely be on my Real Food list!!!


Saturday 25th of February 2012

That looks amazing....Thanks for linking up @CountryMommaCooks...have a blessed weekend:)


Saturday 25th of February 2012

Oh my goodness, these sound DIVINE!


Friday 24th of February 2012

My hubby would love these:> Thanks so much for sharing on Blissful and Domestics Feature Friday Linky Party:>


Wednesday 22nd of February 2012

These look so good! Can't wait to try them. Pinning this! I am a new Pinterest follower visitng from Vicky from Mess For Less