A healthy cook's secret weapon, these sugar free, low fat caramelized onions add incredible flavor to any savory dish.
I make this ahead and freeze it in ice cubes trays. This is an easy way to add extra flavor to soups, grains, beans, roasted veggies or elevate scrambled eggs by adding a teaspoon of these caramelized onions & some fresh herbs :)

difficulty level: advanced beginner

equipment needed:

  • a 12" ceramic non stick pan or a 12" enamel coated cast iron braiser.
  • *mandolin slicer, optional, but makes the prep work so much easier

what you need:

  • 2 large vidalia/sweet onions, super thinly sliced, if using a mandolin(be careful) use the lowest setting possible that will still give you perfect and thin onion rounds. if using a knife, cut the onion in half lengthwise and slice as thinly possible.
  • 1/2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2+ vegetable broth or broth of choice. Broth is absolutely necessary, it is they key to making these without sugar or added fat.

what to do:

  • preheat pan on medium high
  • toss onions and oil together in large tupperware
  • add onions to pan, spread around so the entire pan is evenly covered.
  • set timer for 3 minutes, then flip and toss onions around, spreading them out again.
  • repeat this step twice.
  • once you start to see "fond" a.k.a the browned bits of sugars and proteins that stick to the bottom of the pot, add a tablespoon of broth and use a wooden spoon or silicone spatula to scrape the bits up and mix them up. The browned sugars and proteins end up dissolving in the broth.
  • i the put the timer on again for 2-3 minute, add atablespoon of broth, or more if needed, mix well, then spread out again.
  • you will repeat this process until your onions develop a rich dark tan brown color.
  • remove from heat, let cool and portion out into ice cube tray or just add to your favorite recipe right then and there :)