pink cloth with whte casserole dish on top; white creamed onions topped with green herbs; in background partial wedge of cheese, fresh herbs, and small plate with pearl onions on it

The Best Creamed Onions

Contributor: Sam Ellis

Creamed onions make a tasty side dish. They are traditionally made with pearl onions that are served in a bechamel or creamy white sauce. What’s not to love?

  • Author: Sam Ellis
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


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  • 16 oz. pearl onions, peeled
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. salt, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 2/3 cup chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • Fresh parsley, to garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large pot, add a few quarts of water and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Bring to a light boil and add peeled pearl onions. Boil until tender, around 8-10 minutes then drain.
  3. In a separate saucepan, melt butter then add flour and whisk until combined and bubbling, around 1 minute. Slowly pour in chicken broth and milk and whisk until incorporated. Add in shredded Parmesan, remaining ½ teaspoon of salt and pepper and stir. Let simmer for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add in onions to the sauce mixture and let cook an additional 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add onion and sauce to an oven safe dish. Bake until bubbly before serving, about 10 minutes.
  6. Garnish with parsley and serve.