Caramelised Onions


Caramelised Onions

In Meal Plan 2, there are 750g of onions available to make caramelised onions.  Onions cooked this way are delicious and very versatile.  This quantity will make about 1 jam jar full.

Caramelised Onions

Peel and slice them and cook slowly (30-45 minutes), over a low heat in 2 tbslps of oil. Keep stirring them every few minutes  and make sure they don’t catch. If they look like they might, add a couple of tblsps of water. That’s it, all done.

Long, slow cooking caramelises the sugars and brings out the sweetness of onions, enabling them to be used as a condiment.  We don’t have any other flavourings available in Meal Plan 2, and the onions are delicious just as they are.


However, if you have flavourings in your larder, it will be worth experimenting, or ringing the changes. A bit of butter, balsamic vinegar or a tblsp of muscovado will all help deepen the flavour. Or perhaps a few thyme leaves, or bay, or possibly rosemary infused in with the cooking onions.

For meal plan 2, use your onions throughout the week to add flavour wherever you want it.  Add a spoonful in your lentil soup, or add a little to the pasta or stuffed pancakes, use as  a side with the Tomato Dahl. If you’re not following the meal plan, they can be used to flavour hoummous, in onion tarts and are simply delicious as a sandwich filling with cheese or cold meats.


These feature in Meal Plan 2, a complete 7 day plan for 2 adults. Contains 3 meals a day, plus snacks , all recipes and a shopping list

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  1. Lesley

    I have kept them for a couple of weeks, but they generally get used long before that. I have never frozen any, but I see no reason why they wouldn’t. The onions are already softened, and there is nothing else in the to get damaged by freezing and thawing. I would try freezing a tblsp overnight, then thawing it the next day and see what happens

  2. Sophia

    Sounds delicious 🙂 how long will it last in a jar in the fridge? Does it freeze well?

  3. Lesley

    I tried some on oatcakes, they were delish

    The picture came from Google, wish my pictures came out that well!


  4. Diane Clement

    That is a great photo of caramelized onions! I’ll be making some today. Yum!!

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