Kitchen Basics: 5 Steps to Perfect Caramelized Onions

April 23, 2015  |   Brooks Halliday
Caramelized Onions on a skillet.
  1. The Slice is Right

  2. Big Fat Decisions

  3. Room to Groove

  4. Low, Slow and Steady

  5. Deglaze: It Pays

Remember: Perfectly caramelized onions take time. Your kitchen will start to smell heavenly right away, but don’t give in to temptation. Wait until your onions are soft but not mushy with a rich brown color for a show-stopping onion topping every time.

About the author

Brooks Halliday

Brooks Halliday

Brooks Halliday is a food stylist, writer and recipe developer based in New York City. She's had a hand in making good looking food for magazines, cookbooks, packaging, print ads, commercials and television. Together with healthy eating guru Candice Kumai, she's co-developed recipes for the cookbook Cook Yourself Sexy, as well as for magazines and numerous food and household product brands. Before following her heart and stomach to culinary school, Brooks was a Capitol Hill press secretary and spokesperson for a national nonprofit organization. These days, when she's not on set or in the test kitchen, Brooks can usually be found in her own kitchen cooking for her handsome fiance and two unusually epicurean cats.