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I’ll find a reason to add a caramelized onions recipe to any dish. And if red wine is involved? Even better!

This recipe for red wine caramelized red onions is the epitome of easy-and-gourmet. Whip up these quick caramelized onions on the stove in 10-15 minutes.

How to caramelize onions on the stove

You don’t need to make caramelized onions with white sugar when you have wine. When you caramelized onions in red wine, the wine starts the caramelization process and adds deep flavor. For this recipe, I used a Cab Sauvignon called Merf wine from the Pacific Northwest.

How long do caramelized onions last?

Caramelized onions last a few days in the fridge. If you want them to last longer, freeze batches of caramelized red onions in muffin tins.

Some of my favorite recipes with caramelized onions are salads, sous vide pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, homemade pizza, eggs, pasta, to any of these grilled cheese sandwich ideas and to top this pear and goat cheese pizza.

If I need an extra “something” for a holiday or party, I’ll serve an onion side dish for steak, turkey or ham. And they’re always welcome and enjoyed on a cheese plate. If you have sous vide equipment, check out this recipe for sous vide onions.

Your always looking for a reason to cook with onions and wine blogger bud, Jenna.

Red wine caramelized red onions made quick on the stove in a pan

Caramelized onions in red wine

Add a gourmet touch to pizza, pasta and salads with these caramelized onions in red wine. Serve them as a side on a cheese plate with crostini, or add them on top of steak or chicken.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Caramelized onions, Onions, red onion, wine
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 161 kcal


  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine


  1. Make caramelized onions. Add onion, garlic, and oil to a pan on medium heat and stir regularly until brown, about 10 minutes. Add a drizzle of olive oil, as needed, to prevent onions from sticking to the pan.
  2. Add wine, reduce to medium-low and cook until the wine is fully absorbed into the onions.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

For wine, use any red wine you like. I used a Cab Sauvignon called Merf.

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Helpful tools

If you lived close enough, I’d let you borrow them. Here are tools to help make your recipe a success.

An onion holder for slicing makes it easy to cut uniform pieces of onion to caramelize. It can also be used to tenderize meat.

Here’s a cute way to store and serve onions for burgers. The onion holder makes it easy to store cut onions in the fridge without the smell of raw onion getting to your other foods.

Durable nonstick pans are important when cooking onions on the stove. This 2 piece Calphalon nonstick fry pan set is a staple in my house for cooking sides and main dishes at the same time.

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