Easy and Oil-free Vegan Caramelized Onions in a pan

Easy and Oil-free Vegan Caramelized Onions 🌶 Healthier Recipe

Get ready to get addicted. This Easy and Oil-free Vegan Caramelized Onions will do the trick!

If you have ever tried caramelized onions before you know how extra especial they can make any dish. And if you have gone one step ahead and tried to find a recipe for it, you also know it can be a bit discouraging.

Worry no more!

You can replicate the Caramelized Onion at home, with few and easy ingredients and no culinary skills. The sweet and sour power to make things extra special will still be there🌶

Ingredients for Caramelized Onions

Ingredients: red onions, water, oil, sugar and salt

🌶Red Onions: I am usually very open to swapping ingredients but here the red onion is the way to go. As they have a meatier flesh they work as a thickening agent.

🌶Brown Sugar: my choice here as it has slightly less concentrated sweetness than the white sugar.

🌶Apple Cider Vinegar: white wine vinegar works just fine. I have tried with red vinegar and it didn’t went that well with the sugar.

🌶Salt: I always use whole salt. Since I have started making this recipe with the brown sugar, the amount of salt I have reduced to just a pinch. No more than half a teaspoon.

How to make Vegan Caramelized Onions

🌶Slice all the onions (a mandolin is really helpful here) and place them on a thick and large frying pan, over low heat. Add a bit of salt and cook slowly for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. It’s very important to keep the heat low, always.

🌶When onions are tinged golden add sugar, vinegar and water. Stir well and let them simmer for further 10 minutes. Stir occasionally until the liquid reaches a sticky texture.

Enhancing Caramelized Onions

Too easy and simple for you? We can up our game.

Instead of water you can use:

🌶 Lemon juice: just replace half of the amount of water for squeezed lemons.

🌶Orange juice: replace the same amount of water for the oranges. With both citrus you can add a bit of the zest at the end. Looks cute too.

🌶 Beer: same amount as the water but, about 5 minutes later.

🌶 Wine: same amount and time as the water. I prefer with dry white but a dry red works for me too. Unlike the red vinegar.

Another worth mentioning version too is to blend when the recipe is ready. What a sauce!

How to serve your Vegan Caramelized Onions

Burgers and any type of patties. On bread (tip? I like this recipe for a nice toast, from Be Plant Well), pizza and foccacia. With some salads, including my Vegan Fall Pasta Salad.

Your easy and oil-free vegan Caramelized Onions are also a great filling for sandwiches and wraps and as a side on a nice vegan barbecue.

Caramelized Onions

Recipe by Carol MarsolaCourse: Dressing, Side, SauceDifficulty: Easy
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes

You can replicate Caramelized Onion at home, with few and easy ingredients and no culinary skills. The sweet and sour power to make things extra special will still be there🌶

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Red Onions (2 big ones), thinly sliced

  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Brown Sugar

  • 3 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon Salt

Directions

  • Slice all the onions (a mandolin is really helpful here) as thinly as possible and place them on a thick and large frying pan, over low heat.
  • Add a bit of salt, mix and cook slowly for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. It’s very important to keep the heat low, always.
  • When onions are tinged golden add sugar, vinegar and water. Stir well and let them simmer for further 10 minutes.
  • Stir occasionally until the liquid reaches a sticky texture.

With gratitude,

Carol🌶

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