Saute Red Onion: A Quick and Gourmet Side Dish

saute red onion
saute red onion

Red wine caramelized red onions are the epitome of an easy-and-gourmet side dish or topping. In just 10-15 minutes, you can whip up these quick caramelized onions on the stove. The savory sweetness of red wine sautéed onions complements any sandwich, protein, pasta dish, or even eggs, adding a burst of flavor to your culinary creations.

Side shot of sauteed onions in a pan with a spatula.

What You Need to Make Them

First off, let’s address a common question: “Do you need to add white sugar to caramelize onions?” The answer is no. When you caramelize onions in red wine, the wine itself starts the caramelization process and adds deep flavor to the onions. For this recipe, I recommend using a Cab Sauvignon called Merf wine from the Pacific Northwest. Choose a wine that you enjoy drinking because it will impart some of its flavor into the dish. Plus, what else are you going to do with the rest of the bottle?

Side shot of caramelized red onions made quick on the stove in a pan

How to Make Caramelized Red Onions with Red Wine

Step 1: Caramelization

Start by adding onions, garlic, and oil to a pan over medium heat. Stir regularly until the onions turn brown, which takes about 10 minutes. If needed, drizzle a bit of olive oil to prevent the onions from sticking to the pan.

Step 2: Wine Infusion

Next, add the red wine to the pan, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook until the wine is fully absorbed into the onions, enhancing their flavor.

Side shot of red onions caramelized in a white pan on the stove.


How long do caramelized onions last?

Caramelized onions can last a few days in the fridge. If you want them to last even longer, freeze batches of caramelized red onions in muffin tins. This way, you can easily portion them out for future recipes.

What are some delicious ways to use caramelized onions?

Caramelized onions add a delightful touch to numerous dishes. Here are some tasty ideas: use them in salads, sandwiches like sous vide pulled pork or burgers, homemade pizza, eggs, or any of these gourmet grilled cheese sandwich ideas. They also make a wonderful addition to a cheese plate and can elevate the flavors in dishes like scalloped potatoes gratin with pesto.

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Sauteed red onions caramelized in red wine are a simple yet elegant addition to any dish. The natural sweetness and depth of flavor from the wine create a savory experience that enhances various culinary creations. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a novice in the kitchen, these quick caramelized onions are sure to impress your taste buds. Enjoy the art of cooking with Takeout Food, where culinary exploration and delight go hand in hand.

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