🧅I’m pretty sure that caramelized onions could save the world😜 They are super easy to make, inexpensive, and add deep, rich, umami flavour to pretty much anything savoury! I make a big batch, keep them in the fridge, and put them in and on sandwiches, wraps, salads, omelettes, stews, avocado toast, hummus (!), and steamed whole grains. 🧅
The reason caramelized onions taste so good however, isn’t technically caramelization – it’s called the Maillard reaction. The Maillard reaction is a browning, chemical reaction between reducing sugars and amino acids (proteins). And yes, there is enough protein in an onion to elicit this response – how thrilling for us! Although the Maillard reaction is very complex and complicated, what we do know is that it requires heat to transform and rearrange sugars and amino acids to create new and fantastic flavour molecules in and on your food, making it even more delicious. If you’ve ever eaten a golden slice of toast, enjoyed a rich cup of coffee, or nibbled on a grilled vegetable, you’ve experienced the pure pleasure that all of this this chemical commotion is responsible for. Science!
Caramelizing onions is simple, it just takes time, most of which is unattended. Here are the directions for this major cooking hack that will immeasurably improve the taste of your food, and well, your life. Ha! And check my IG stiri
2 Tbsp. neutral-tasting coconut oil or ghee
1 lb. / 500g yellow onions
¼ tsp. fine sea salt
1. Peel the onions and slice them as evenly as possible into half-rounds.
2. Melt coconut oil or ghee over medium heat in the largest skillet you have. Add the onions, then salt, and stir well to coat. Once the onions are coated, turn the heat down to a medium-low, stirring occasionally – more often towards the end – until they’ve fully caramelized, about 25-30 minutes. If the pot becomes too dry during cooking, reduce the heat a tad, or add a teeny bit of water and stir well. In the end, you’re looking for soft, silky, and golden brown goodness!
Check out my IG Stories today for video clips of the process. Warning: it’s very very sexy😆🔥🧅