How to Make the BEST Balsamic Caramelized Onions

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Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
22 mins
How to make the BEST Balsamic Caramelized Onions using only 5 ingredients, these are mind blowingly good! | #recipes Easy Healthy Recipes

How to make the BEST Balsamic Caramelized Onions using only 5 ingredients, these are mind blowingly good!

Never in a million years would I have guessed that I would be doing what I’m doing now. A Food Blogger of all things!

I got my degree in Sports Wellness & Management with the sole purpose of being a gym rat at a college. I wanted to work for the Athletic Director as an administrative assistant and coach volleyball. Why an administrative assistant?

When I was in college all the athletes would go to the gym and hang out there. The admin at my college was super cool, she would sit and just listen to everything that was going on in our lives. There would be 2-10 people in her office at any given time, especially right before practice time, just talking and sharing life.

How to make the BEST Balsamic Caramelized Onions using only 5 ingredients, these are mind blowingly good! | #recipes

I loved that! I loved that she made herself available. It was like a ministry to her, to listen and encourage college students who are at a very transitional time in life!  I wanted to be that person, the person who is always there to listen, will encourage and challenge you in the stage of life your in! For a long time I thought it was going to be in the sports world because that is what I grew up in. I played volleyball since I was five, traveled around the country for tournaments till I graduated from college. It was what I knew. Sports. I even got a degree in it!

When I got married my world was rocked and that first year was a tough one with lots of learning and letting go of my fears. But that desire to love, encourage, and challenge was still in my heart. Our second year of marriage I decided to lead a women’s bible study at my house, it was life changing to say the least!

How to make the BEST Balsamic Caramelized Onions using only 5 ingredients, these are mind blowingly good! | #recipes

We went through lots of good books, “Captivating”, “Lies Women Believe and the Truths that Set them Free”, “Breaking Free”, and “Do you Think I’m Beautiful?” Even as I write this tears start to come to my eyes, I think of where my heart was at that time. How broken it was and how much I was searching for something to fill it. I think of the break throughs each one of us had during this time. We were a group. Unbreakable. All of us in a time when God was calling us closer to himself. Then it ended and I have been searching for something like it ever since.

Once you have life changing community you can’t get enough. It leaves it mark on you and you want more.

The fact that I’m a food blogger still shocks me, I never considered myself a creative person. But blogging has brought that out of me. I enjoy it. I love taking pictures and learning new things. And in God’s goodness he has brought that community I have been craving back around. You are that community. My other blogger friends are that community! I am so thankful for that! I am able to listen again, to encourage, to challenge, and just love. And that is what makes my heart go pitter patter. Hugs to you!

How to make the BEST Balsamic Caramelized Onions using only 5 ingredients, these are mind blowingly good! | #recipes

These Balsamic Caramelized Onions also make my heart go pitter patter. They are like candy! No.. really! I seriously could and DO eat these by the fork full! They take 20 minutes to make with only 5 ingredients and are absolutely life changing!

I made these to go as an accompaniment to some New York Strip Steaks for my husbands birthday dinner with friends a few weeks ago. My husbands business partner literally just ate these by themselves after he finished his meal. They are that good!

You could use these Balsamic Caramelized Onions as a condiment on a sandwich or burger, put it on top of steak or chicken, top it on a salad or add it to a crostini! They are multi purposeful which  makes them even more amazing!

I don’t have very many staples in the house, but these Balsamic Caramelized Onions are definitely one of them… well that and Balsamic Vinegar. 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

How to make the BEST Balsamic Caramelized Onions using only 5 ingredients, these are mind blowingly good! | #recipes

Easy Balsamic Caramelized Onions-4

Balsamic Caramelized Onions

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 2 mins
  • cook_time Cook Time: 20 mins
  • total_time Total Time: 22 mins
  • yield Yield: 1 1/2 cups 1x
  • category Category: Condiments, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Side Dishes
  • method Method: Stovetop
  • cuisine Cuisine: American


These Balsamic Caramelized Onions are the perfect addition to pasta, sandwiches, and just about any meal!



  • 2 red onions, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar


  1. Heat a medium size skillet to medium high heat.
  2. Add butter and onions to pan.
  3. Saute until onions are translucent, about 5-6 minutes. Add in salt and pepper.
  4. Stir and continue to saute, stirring throughout for another 10 minutes. (the liquid will start to leave and onions will slightly brown, be sure they don’t burn or blacken)
  5. Add balsamic vinegar to onions, stir and saute for another 2-3 minutes until vinegar has soaked into onions.
  6. Remove from heat. Store in air tight container for up to one week.


  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 46
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 160 mg
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 4 mg

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24 Responses
  1. Andrew Waite

    Hi Krista, I have been making caramelised onions for a long time now and have never thought of using red onions. Stupid me, Red onions seem to make them sooooo much better and there is no brown sugar added.
    Love this recipe, thanks

  2. Sara

    I LOVE caramelized onions, especially on sandwiches, in pasta, on pizza..pretty much everywhere! I loved that you added balsamic, I can imagine that it adds a lot of flavor.

  3. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates

    You are so beautiful Krista. I just love your heart and how passionate you are about other people! I didn’t picture myself blogging either….I didn’t even know what it was really. But I am so grateful that God led me to it and that I found your blog because you are such an inspiration!
    It may not have been what you pictured but you do it so well!

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      You are too sweet Mariah and totally made my day! Thank you so much girl and right back at ya! Its so fun where life leads us, who it leads us too, and how different gifts come out of us that we never knew we had until we start living what God designed us to do!

  4. Happy Valley Chow

    Caramelized onions are one of the greatest toppings ever! Yours look and sound fantastic, great job as usual 🙂

  5. Kelley

    That does sound like a cool job – the admin assistant! I wanted to be a real estate investor. I even have a degree in finance. But then life got in the way and God put me in a different place. I’m happy where I am and I am even dabbing in real estate. And these onions look amazing lady! I’ll have to try them soon!

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      Real Estate Investor! That sounds awesome!!! How fun and love that you are still dabbling in it a bit! 🙂

      Thanks girl, hope you like them! (well.. i know you will hehe)

  6. Alex Caspero MA,RD (@delishknowledge)

    I totally understand the community need! For my “real job” , I am a Dietitian for a University and it’s the BEST job ever. I love working with college students, they are such an incredible population. These onions look SO good! Cannot wait to try them, especially on veggie burgers this summer!

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      They are an incredible population! Most are eager to learn and going through alot at that time so very moldable… at least i know I was at that time! 🙂

      Love that you are an RD! I thought about going back to school to become a dietitian. 🙂

  7. Cate | Chez CateyLou

    So fun to hear about your college experience! It is so crazy how things usually don’g go as we thought they would. These onions look so good!! I would pile them on everything!

  8. Christine from Cook the Story

    Who would think that something so delicious could be made with just 5 simple ingredients? This recipe is a must try.

  9. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    Ahhhh! First off, beautiful! Secondly, balsamic vinegar is my go-to in caramelized onions! I always tell myself I am not going to caramelize my batch of onions for a recipe, but I always put in the extra effort because they are THAT good!

  10. Lauren Kelly Nutrition

    It’s funny where life takes you, huh? There is no major in college for “food clogger” 🙂 I just want to face plant in this bowl!

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