Sauteed Onions in cast iron skillet

Quick Caramelized Onions

My mom sautéed delicious onions daily, and whenever dining out, she'd say "double the onions, please." My entire family loves her quick caramelized onions with pretty much everything.

*Use whatever measurements you'd like.

Course Ingredient, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Valentina K. Wein


  • olive oil
  • onions, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of a heavy-bottomed sauté pan.
  2. Add thinly sliced onions and place the pan over medium heat.
  3. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until they are as golden as you’d like. My mom liked them caramelized, but with a bit of a crunch, which for about 2 cups of sliced onions, would be about 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Here's How to Season to Taste.)