How to Microwave Whole Onions

Contributor: Maria Siriano

Vidalia onions are so sweet you can eat them whole! But can you cook them fast? The test results are in: Microwaved Vidalia onions are great!

  • Author: Maria Siriano
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 11 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 Vidalia onion
  • 1 vegetable, chicken or beef bouillon cube
  • 12 Tbsp. butter


  1. Peel your onion, leaving the root intact. If your onion sits level, you can leave it alone. If not, cut a thin slice off the root to create a flat bottom.
  2. Use a paring knife to cut a 1-inch deep cone into the top of the onion.
  3. Insert a vegetable, chicken, or beef bouillon cube into the hole.
  4. Fill the rest of the hole with butter, about 1-2 tablespoons. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Place the onion in a microwave-safe container and cover loosely with a lid.
  6. Microwave on high until tender, about 6-8 minutes. Serve warm. Drizzle with the remaining liquid for extra flavor.