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Grilled Onions with Balsamic Vinegar and Brown Sugar

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Grilled onions are the sweet cousin of the bad boy, make you cry raw onions.  Grilled onions still have an edge (as your breath will attest to), but grilled onions are sugary enough to make their way into a cupcake.  Sometimes, however, sweet things can be made even more appealing.

See what I mean?  Well, for grilled onions, balsamic vinegar and brown sugar do the trick.

How to Make Grilled Onions With Balsamic Vinegar and Brown Sugar

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Grilled Onions with Balsamic Vinegar and Brown Sugar


  • 3 tbsp olive oil or enough to lightly coat your saute pan
  • 2 yellow onions cut into rings
  • 1/4 C balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar


  1. In a medium-sized saute pan, heat olive oil on medium-high heat.
  2. Add onions and stir frequently until they begin to change color.
  3. Add balsamic vinegar and brown sugar.
  4. Reduce to medium-low and saute for about twenty minutes or until fully caramelized, stirring periodically.



If your entry in the Flavor Bible contest contained grilled onions, you may be a winner.

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6 comments on “Grilled Onions with Balsamic Vinegar and Brown Sugar”

  1. Ivysays:

    Stef! You are def. cutting edge.

  2. Kathysays:

    Nice grilled onions tip. This recipe is be simple and smart! Gorgeous photos. I really hope you will submit this to ~Kathy

  3. Marisasays:

    Goodness – what type of cupcake can we expect using grilled onions!? Look forward to another masterpiece from you. :-)

  4. Nessiesays:

    These onions would go awesome in a french onion soup – just add beef stock and thyme and voila! :)

  5. This blog is awesome. I continuously encounter some thing new & different right here. Thank you for that data.

  6. Karen loves cooking paleosays:

    Instead of sugar, I made an awesome balsamic reduction with organic Balsamic vinegar, lemon juice and smashed garlic. After reducing the liquid over med-high to half of it’s consistency, it not only thickens but is hearty AND sweet!! Added to onions after grilling.

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