stainless steel frying pan with sauteed chopped onions; wooden spatula in pan; white and green striped cloth in front left corner; cutting board in background with onion partially chopped and a knife

How to Sauté Onions Recipe

Contributor: Lauren Keating

So many recipes start by instructing you to sauté onions, but have you ever wondered how to do it properly? We’re showing you how.

  • Author: Lauren Keating
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. When the pan is hot, add the oil and butter. When the butter has melted, swirl the pan so that it’s evenly coated with fat.
  3. Add the onions and cook, stirring constantly, for 5-8 minutes, until the onions soften and take on a pale golden color. If the onions brown too fast, turn down the heat.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the salt.

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