Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions

Caramelized Onions

Several weeks ago I was able to spend a few days at The J.M. Smucker’s headquarters in Orville, Ohio.   I  learned lots about the company, met lots of fun bloggers and ate a lot of yummy food.  Tomorrow I’ll have a a full post all about my trip but today I wanted to share with you one of the recipes they shared with us in the Make Ahead Meals presentation we had.

I think this may have been my favorite idea they shared with us!!

The showed us how to caramelize onions in a slow cooker.  I love caramelized onions but what I don’t like is chopping onions.  My husband is the official onion chopper at our house.

slow cooker caramelized onions

It’s so easy to make a big batch of caramelized onions. You can make a whole batch all at once and then freeze them to use later on lots of yummy things.    Just get your husband to slice up the onions and then put them into your slow cooker.  Add in some olive oil and salt and then put the lid on and cook on slow all day.  Cook them until they get the desired brownness and caramelized just how you like them.  I cooked mine for 10 hours on low.

onions in slow cooker

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing a few recipes using caramelized onions but I am not opposed to just digging in with a fork and eating them all by themselves.  They are also a great topping for a burger or add to some homemade pizza.  Throw them in your favorite soup or top some veggies with them.  So many possibilities.

Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions

I just froze what I wasn’t using at the time in some freezer bags in about 1 cup servings and they are ready to go for some of those upcoming recipes!  I’m thinking some french onion soup might just be in order.


Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions
  • 5 large onions, sliced
  • ¼ C olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  1. Place sliced onions in slow cooker with oil and salt
  2. Stir to coat.
  3. Cook in slow cooker on low for about 10 hours or until they reach the stage of caramelization you like.


Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. dianna jenkins says

    You have a “print” button on your recipes but when I click nothing happens. It goes to a blank page. Any hints?
    Dianna Jenkins

  2. Kathy says

    I never have the patience required for making carmelized onions. i am always in a rush and end up burning them because I cook them at too high a temperature. I am definitely going to make a big batch of these and freeze some for later use. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  3. Gloria says

    I don’t know what is happening but when ever I hit the print button on your recipe, it takes me to yahoo and I cant print the recipe. Is anyone else having this problem or is it just me. I never used to have this problem. Does anyone know how I can fix it? I have been printing Your Home Based Mom recipes for the last couple of years and I can’t go cold turkey. Thanks.

    • says

      I’m working with my tech person to try and figure out what is going on with the Print button

      Is it only on one specific recipe or all recipes?

      Also what browser are you using.

      If you could provide us with that info it might help us figure out the problem – thanks!

  4. says

    I cannot wait to try this! I love carmelized onions! They are great on sandwiches, and in pasta and rices. I love the idea of having a big batch! Thanks for sharing what you learned!!

  5. Brenda Kirkland says

    Must try your recipe. I fill a medium size skillet with sliced onions, top with butter pats and cover with Cavenders Greek Seasoning and insert in the hickory smoker grill after the burgers/chicken/pulled pork/whatever? cooks. Thanks for sharing your healthy recipe.

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