Comparison of Caramelized Onion Cooking Methods

Caramelizing Onions in your Dutch Oven

Contributor: Maria Siriano

Caramelizing onions couldn’t be any easier or taste any better than making them in your Dutch oven.

  • Author: Maria Siriano
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x


  • 2 Tbsp. of olive oil
  • 23 sweet onions, such as Vidalias, cut in half lengthwise, then sliced ⅛- to ¼-inch thick
  • 1/4 cup red or white wine, beer, broth, balsamic vinegar, or water for deglazing
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper (or to taste)


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F. Combine the oil and onions in a nonstick Dutch oven. Cover the Dutch oven with a lid. Bake for 40-45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, until the onions are deep brown in color.
  2. Remove the pan from the oven, add the deglazing liquid and quickly scrape up the onion from the bottom and sides of the pan. Season with salt and pepper.