Caramelized Onions Recipe


Yes, there is a caramelized onions recipe that uses coconut oil!!!! (In case you were wondering.)

Until today, I have never tried, but it is totally possible to get delicious caramelized onions with nothing more than coconut oil, salt, and a few hours of your time. I have caramelized onions with butter, ghee (clarified butter), and olive oil, but now that I know olive oil and butter are not good for cooking at higher temperatures, that left me with ghee, which is fine for me, but not for my vegan friends.

So I tried coconut oil. And left out the sugar I usually add to my caramelized onions. And it turned out fantastic!


  • 3-4 med-large onions (sliced in thin semi circles)
  • 1-2 tbsp coconut oil
  • Dash of salt
  • Balsamic vinegar and/or sugar to taste (optional)


  • Melt coconut oil in pan on med-low heat. Add sliced onions and dash of salt. Cook for around three hours, stirring every once in a while, and more often during the last hour.
  • When onions are a caramel brown color, add optional ingredients and heat for a couple minutes. Remove from heat and serve or use in a recipe.

I actually started with double the recipe (7 large onions), and they cooked down to about a quarter of their original size when done (see photo above for finished caramelized onions).