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Sauteed onions

Sauteed Onions (& More Onion Recipes!)

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings as a side 1x


This sauteed onions recipe comes out golden brown and tender every time! Here’s how to saute onions for a side dish, sandwich topping, and more.


  • 3 medium yellow onions (or sweet onions)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter (or 1 tablespoon of each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Optional adder: Add 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar with the kosher salt


  1. Slice the onions
  2. In a large sauté pan or skillet, heat the olive oil or butter over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper and cook another 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste to assess doneness and add a few pinches or salt until the flavor pops. 
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Sauteed
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan