How to caramelize onions - the secret to caramelized onions without a lot of effort. Perfect for burgers, tacos, pizzas, dips and more!

How to Caramelize Onions

Learn how to caramelize onions in just a few minutes with very little effort for the perfect addition to dips, burgers, tacos and more!

Cuisine American
Keyword caramelize, how to, onion
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 7
Author Julie Blanner


  • 2 large yellow onions
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil or butter


  1. Slice onions and put them in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Drizzle with vegetable oil, then toss to coat. Cover the onions with a lid and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir the onions, replace the lid and let them continue to caramelize for another 10 minutes.
  4. Stir and continue cooking for another 5 minutes, when golden brown and soft.

Recipe Notes

This same technique applies to shallots, too! Some of my favorite recipes with caramelized onions / shallots are: