Brown Sugared Caramelized Onions

Aug 23, 2021 | Appetizers, Food

Happy Wednesday everyone!  I’m giving you this super easy, very versatile Brown Sugar Caramelized Onion recipe that you can use in so many dishes.  This blog post from Ambitious Kitchen on How To Cut, Slice, and Dice An Onion was delivered to my email box almost immediately after I finished making my onion recipe and taking my photos to share with you. .  The timing of this post was perfect because I had planned to talk about how I slice my onions and to mention that one of this things I have always done is cut my onions in half and wash them off with cold water.  This helps stop the onions from burning and stinging my eyes.
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This recipe is versatile in that you can eat these onions on hamburgers, in a pasta dish, on a crostini, used in dips, atop a steak, on crackers, salsa, soups, salads, or baked in the oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes for a dish all on it’s own. There are 6 types of onions with my favorite being the shallot and sweet onion.  In this recipe, I used sweet onions, sliced the onion into rings but laying them into the pan intact.  
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The six types of onions:
Yellow Onions

Good for: All recipes—especially carmelizing

If a recipe doesn’t specify what type of onion to use, your safest bet is a yellow onion.  Yellow onions are your standard cooking onion.  The yellows hold up extremely well over that process of caramelizing because it is a long, slow heat.
Sweet Onions

Good for: Salads, relishes, garnishes

Popular sweet onions include Vidalias, Walla Wallas and Mauis.  These well-known varieties have a pale yellow skin. The inside may look white but they are yellow
Red Onions

Good for: Salads, grilling and pickling

Red onions, specifically, can have a really peppery, spicy flavor to them.  They are sweetest from March to September. 
White Onions

Good for: Mexican dishes and grilling

White onions are the type of onion you’ll usually find in prepared salads (potato and macaroni salads, for instance) and traditionally in Mexican cuisine.  White onions can be strong but they tend to have less aftertaste.

Good for: Sauces and dressings

Shallots have a mild onion flavor. These bulb-shaped alliums taste like a garlic-onion hybrid. In French cooking, shallots are used in vinaigrettes and sauces, as well as on top of steak. 

Good for: Asian and Mexican cooking and garnishes
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The next steps are incredibly easy.  You simply just add the ingredients to the pan and cook on medium heat until the liquid evaporates and the onions caramelize.  
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Have you ever made this type of recipe before?  If so, I’d love to hear about your recipe and how you used it.  I’m always available through texts, DMs, emails, and feel free to comment below with your recipe notes.
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Brown Sugared Caramelized Onions

Saturated with brown sugar, cooked down to caramelizaiton. A great addition to any recipe or meal.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Onions, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, Teriyaki sauce, Worcestershire Sauce
Author: Two Adorable Labs


  • 6 sweet onions, sliced
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp teriyaki sauce
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce


  • Slice onions in half, wash off, and pat dry
  • Slice each end off
  • Start slicing down but keep the rounds in tact
  • Lay directly into cast iron skillet
  • Add balsamic vinegar, teriyaki sauce, worcestershire sauce
  • Mince two cloves of garlic and throw into pan with onions, vinegar, and sauces
  • Layer each onion with brown sugar letting the brown sugar sit on top to cook down
  • Salt and pepper to taste if you like
  • Let cook on medium heat until onions are soft and caramelized. Sauces will start to evaporate a bit leaving the onions with a caramelized texture
  • Use immediate or store in an air tight container for up to 5 days


If you think that 1 cup of balsamic vinegar is a bit much, reduce to 1/2 cup
You can use garlic paste in place of chopping fresh garlic
I used a sprinkle of garlic salt and pepper to taste
This onion recipe can also be blended in a blender and used as a paste in dips or a marinade

I love hearing from all of you and do my best to respond to each and every one of you.  I always enjoy your comments, feedback, and suggestions so keep them coming!  If I’ve posted a recipe (for our human and our furry friends) and you try it, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @twoadorablelabs and use #twoadorablelabs​.

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