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How to Saute Onions

Learn how to Sauté Onions perfectly right in your own kitchen! These tender, slightly-sweet and a little zesty onions are plant-based and gluten-free, making them an incredible side that everyone can enjoy! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 63kcal


  • 3 medium yellow onions
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt


  • Peel and slice the onions. See detailed instructions in the How to Cut an Onion section above.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick pan set over medium heat for about 2 minutes, or until shiny and sizzling.
  • Add the sliced onions to the pan, then sprinkle the salt over the top. Mix to combine.
  • Continue to cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Once the onions are soft, golden-brown, and slightly tender, remove them from the pan.
  • Taste for doneness, adding more salt or some ground black pepper to taste.


USE A NON-STICK SKILLET. I find that this recipe works best if you’re using a large non-stick pan. Cleaning up is easiest that way and the onions get a great, even cook.
DON’T COVER THE PAN. Some folks will throw a lid on in the hopes that it’ll speed up the process but you’d actually be adding moisture and preventing that crisp browning from forming. Be sure to stir the onions frequently.
USE MEDIUM HEAT. It might be tempting to crank up the heat but that’ll just result in unevenly cooked (and maybe slightly burnt) onions. Sauteed onions thrive when cooked at a steady medium heat, so be patient.


Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 60mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg