This Caramelized Onion Jam recipe is my go to for most of the recipes I make. The Roasted Garlic is a major component to a more in depth flavor profile.

This recipe goes on and in my meatloaf, stroganoff and grape leaf casserole. The grape leaf casserole is my Dolmas but in a casserole rendition.


  • 2 Onions of your choice - (I prefer the sweet onions)
  • 1 Tbsp of Oil or Fat of your choice
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Roasted Garlic

Cooking time approx. 30 minutes

Prep time 10 minutes.

To start this recipe you'll need to roast your garlic, I've created a recipe that you can find here

Beginning the Caramelized Onion Jam

Caramelized Onion Jam step 1. cut the onion

first cut of  the onion

First is cutting the onions. Cut the top of the onion off.

caramelized onion jam. cut from the root

cut from the root down

Then, you now have a flat surface to put down on the cutting board. Cut the onion in half. Peel off the skin layer of the onion. 

cut from the middle not through the root down

Next take the tip of the knife and slice just before the root down in the middle.

cross cut the whole half an onion slicing about 1/4" to get even cuts

Now, make slices about one 1/4" thick stopping just before the roots. Throw out the roots and any skin leftovers.

Heating up the Caramelized Onion Jam

caramelized onion jam. After oil is in the pan

After oil is in the pan

It's time to start heating up the 1 T of olive oil. When heated put in the onions. Salt liberally to help the process. The salt helps to extract the moisture out of the onions faster and adds flavor.

caramelized onion jam. Browned in the pan

As it is sweating down the onion until they are brown over a low heat and stirring often to make sure they don't burn. This is part way through.

caramelized onion jam. Sweating down until their are brown

Finishing the Caramelized Onion Jam

This is the finish product of the onions just before you add the roasted garlic.

caramelized onion jam. Squeezing garlic

Now squeeze out the garlic into the onions. Add any salt to taste. Squeeze one to two lemons and add all the juice. Stir it in.

All done, enjoy. This is an awesome base for many of my other recipes.

If you made this Onion Jam recipe I'd love to know how it turned out. Please leave it in the comments section below.

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