I think we caramelize a couple hundred pounds of onions, in my professional kitchen, weekly. I think I can do it in my sleep and probably do often. I am often asked by home cooks how to properly caramelize onions. The process is not hard and not especially time consuming. You need a sharp knife, onions, some oil and HIGH heat. You can do this on the grill and have a smoky grilled onion or you can caramelize your onions on the stove top. I like red onions for my burgers. They have a sweeter flavor than their counterparts and add a nice punchy color to the mix.
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- Olive oil
- 3 large red onions, peeled and cut into thin slices
- Kosher salt and pepper
1 Preheat a large sauté pan or grill to high heat. Add enough oil to the pan to coat the bottom generously. Brush your grill several times if grilling.
2 Add the onions. Leave them be! You want the heat to build up and the sugars to start breaking down and caramelizing (about 3-5 minutes). Salt and pepper each batch of onions.
3 Once they start to brown, flip or turn them over. Continue stirring and turning until the onions are dark brown and are soft but still holding their shape.