Family-Favorite Caramelized Onions

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min.


8 servings

Updated: Jul. 25, 2023
This recipe was passed down to me by my mother-in-law. After a few tweaks these onions are better than ever and, to my husband's chagrin, there are rarely any leftovers. They can easily be made ahead and reheated. —Sharon Gibson, Hendersonville, North Carolina
Family-Favorite Caramelized Onions Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 jars (15 ounces each) whole onions, drained


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter; stir in brown sugar, lemon juice and pepper. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved, 1-2 minutes. Add onions. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook until deep golden brown, 45-50 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup: 135 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 769mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 4g fiber), 1g protein.