17 Recipes All About Caramelized Onions

Make a big batch, freeze them into single servings, and cut the prep time for these recipes down to minutes

We love caramelized onions for their deep, savory-sweet flavor. Try them atop sandwiches, tossed into salads, baked in tarts, and more in these recipes.

Grilled Chicken in Caramelized Onion Sauce (Yassa Poulet)

Grilled Chicken in Caramelized Onion Sauce (Yassa Poulet)

This classic Senegalese dish utilizes the marinade by cooking it down into a sweet-tart sauce for the grilled chicken. Get the recipe »Todd Coleman
Caramelized Onion and Sunchoke Dip

Caramelized Onion and Sunchoke Dip

Nutty, buttery sunchokes add a chic, decidedly grown-up twist to this classic slumber party staple. Get the recipe »Matt Taylor-Gross
Roast Chicken with Sumac Flatbread (M'sakhan)

Roast Chicken with Sumac Flatbread (M'sakhan)

Tart sumac balances sweet caramelized onions in a roast chicken and flatbread dish traditionally baked in a wood-fired oven called a taboon. Get the recipe »Ariana Lindquist
Alsatian Bacon and Onion Tart (Tarte Flambée)

Alsatian Bacon and Onion Tart (Tarte Flambée)

Cooking on a very hot pizza stone gives this bacon and onion tart a shatteringly crispy crust. Get the recipe »Todd Coleman
Grilled Turkey Breast with Caramelized Onion, Cracked Black Pepper, and Vinegar

Grilled Turkey Breast with Caramelized Onion, Cracked Black Pepper, and Vinegar

Black pepper is a major ingredient in this dish, so be sure to use fresh-cracked as opposed to pre-cracked pepper. Get the recipe »Helen Rosner
Ham and Caramelized Onion Pizza

Ham and Caramelized Onion Pizza

Caramelized onions, sweet ham, mozzarella, and fragrant rosemary combine in this flavorful pizza. Get the recipe »Ingalls Photography
Veal and Pearl Onion B'stilla (North African Meat Pie)

Veal and Pearl Onion B'stilla (North African Meat Pie)

B'stilla, a North African meat pie, is traditionally made with poultry. Cookbook author Suzanne Zeidy's take includes veal and caramelized pearl onions. When ordering the veal for this recipe, have your butcher remove the bone. Get the recipe »Helen Cathcart
Algerian Crepes (Mahjouba)

Algerian Crepes (Mahjouba)

A typical street snack in Algeria, these thick, flaky crepes are stuffed with a jammy tomato-based filling. Get the recipe »Todd Coleman
Onion and Anchovy Tarts (Pissaladières)

Onion and Anchovy Tarts (Pissaladières)

Based on the classic French caramelized-onion tart with olives and anchovies, these little two-bite hors d'oeuvres pack a flavorful punch. Get the recipe »Todd Coleman
Tagliatelle with Yogurt and Fried Onions (Rishta bi Laban wa Bassal)

Tagliatelle with Yogurt and Fried Onions (Rishta bi Laban wa Bassal)

Copious amounts of lightly caramelized onions are piled atop pasta and served with yogurt and herbs in this recipe inspired by Claudia Roden’s The New Book of Middle Eastern Food. Get the recipe »André Baranowski
Strawberry Focaccia with Maple-Balsamic Onions

Strawberry Focaccia with Maple-Balsamic Onions

This boldly flavored bread is a great use for not-too-sweet strawberries, which caramelize and intensify in flavor while cooking. The onion and balsamic vinegar add a welcome tartness. Get the recipe for Strawberry Focaccia with Maple-Balsamic Onions »Leah Koenig

Onion Tart with Goat Cheese

Onion Tart with Goat Cheese
This gorgeous tart has it all—sweetness from the caramelized onions, earthiness from the goat cheese, and a subtle saltiness from the anchovies. Get the recipe for Onion Tart with Goat Cheese »Helen Rosner
Patty Melt

Patty Melt

Some say that the patty melt—a griddled sandwich of ground beef, caramelized onions, cheese, and rye bread—isn't technically a burger, because it has no bun. We love it just the same. Get the recipe »Andre Baranowski
Onion and Poppy Seed Bialys

Onion and Poppy Seed Bialys

These soft and chewy cousins of bagels are a stalwart of Polish bakeries, where their hole-less centers are filled with caramelized onions and poppy seeds. Get the recipe »Todd Coleman
Lamb and Onion Curry (Gosht Dopiaza)

Lamb and Onion Curry (Gosht Dopiaza)

Tender lamb meets sweet, caramelized cipolline onions in this perfumed curry infused with cardamom, fennel, and cumin. Get the recipe »Todd Coleman
Onion and Bacon Tart

Onion and Bacon Tart

The custardy batter will puff like an enormous popover in the oven while remaining crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Get the recipe »Todd Coleman

Onion Fennel and Mushroom Soup

Onion Fennel and Mushroom Soup
A variety mushrooms gives nuance to this hearty vegetarian soup. Any assortment of fresh mushrooms will work and you can change those flavorful notes by switching up the combination each time you make it. Get the recipe »Farideh Sadeghin