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Sautéed Onions

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Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Makes: 1 cup
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1 medium onion, sliced or chopped
1 teaspoon oil, margarine, or butter


1. Heat oil in a wide bottomed skillet or pan over medium-high heat.

2. Add chopped or sliced onion and cook, stirring frequently, until desired softness and color are reached. Reduce the heat as needed to prevent burning.

  • 3-5 minutes – onions will be crisp-tender and a clear white
  • Longer cooking will start to brown the onions. They will become softer and sweeter.
  • Cooking for a long time (30 minutes or more) at a lower heat will turn onions a rich golden brown.

3. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


  • When sauteing more than one onion, avoid crowding them in the pan.


Saute onion is so good to put in with any meats that I cook, especially steaks, hamburger or liver. I like to add a few other spices such as garlic and/or onion powder as well. So yummy.

Sautéed onions are a staple in our house.  The process carmelizes the onions, giving them a sweeter and more mellow flavor.  I serve these often as a side dish and we love them on burgers and sandwiches. 

Walla Walla Sweet Onions are especially good for this recipe.  I added salt and pepper while I was sauteing. 

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