How to Caramelize Onions
in 3 Easy Steps

caramelized onions

Learn how to caramelize onions in three easy steps by following the directions below.

This delicious tangle of golden brown and slightly sweet onions make the perfect topping or crepe filling recipe.

It's my favorite vidalia onion recipe and a key ingredient of our philly steak crepes.


  • 3 medium vidalia or any other variety of sweet onions
  • 1 tbsp of butter
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • ¼ tsp of salt
  • ⅛ tsp of pepper
  • ½ tsp of sugar

Step 1

sliced onions

Using a sharp paring knife, slice onions into very thin rings.

Separate onions by pushing out the middle sections and pulling the rings away from each other.

Step 2

sliced onions in saute pan

Melt butter and olive oil over low heat. Add onions and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Stirring frequently, sauté for 10-12 minutes until onions are soft and translucent.

Step 3

softened onions in a pan

Sprinkle onions with sugar. Stir together and raise heat to medium.Stirring constantly, sauté for 8-10 minutes longer or until onions are golden brown, as in the following picture.


caramelized onions in a pan

When you are finished, your onions will have reduced to just about one-third of your original volume. They will be sweet and golden-brown in color.

Yield: About 1 cup of caramelized onions

philly steak crepes

After you've caramelized your onions, you can use them as a delicious crepe filling, such as in our philly steak crepes.

They're also delicious mixed with mushrooms or bacon inside your favorite crepes.

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