Caramelized Onions - Joy of Kosher

Caramelized Onions

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caramelized onions

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.

As seen in the Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller Magazine

Summer 2013

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