As an onion enthusiast, it didn’t take long for me to wonder, can you sous vide onions? Answer: Yes, yes you can! Sous vide onions in beer are just one of the many sous vide vegetables that can be made fast and taste delicious. This recipe for sous vide onions in beer makes sweet onions that melt in your mouth. 


Sous vide onions recipe

Prepping onions for sous vide cooking

For fast sous vide caramelized onions, slice the onions in half-inch to one-inch slices. While possible, it takes much longer to cook a sous vide whole onion, unless you’re working with small pearl onions. 

Pre-sliced sous vide onions make it easy to top sous vide pork tacos and sous vide sausage sandwiches within minutes after cooking.

Once I perfected traditional sous vide onions (without beer), I just had to know how they taste marinated in beer. Although, you can sub vegetable or chicken broth for the beer if desired. But, I’m a fan of beer!

The results were pretty clear. Going forward, sous vide onions in beer are the only way I’ll make them! Although, that shouldn’t be a surprise.

My other favorite way to make caramelized onions is with this 15 minute (non sous vide) red wine caramelized onions recipe. 

    Ideas to enjoy sous vide caramelized onions

    • Add these sous vide onions to pasta dishes
    • Homemade pizza
    • Make in batches and freeze in muffin tins to use later
    • Serve them on crostini with brie (oh god, yes!!)
    • Add them to hoagies and sous vide turkey sandwiches

    Once the sous vide onions are done cooking in the sous vide water bath, they might need a few minutes on the stove to reduce (soak up) any extra liquid (beer). Enjoy making these!

    Everyone knows meat is *delicious* cooked sous vide, but sous vide vegetables are delicious and fun to experiment with as well. Don’t forget to sign up for email updates to get the latest on my sous vide recipes. 

    Your “I swear I don’t have onion breath” sous vide enthusiast blogger-bud, Jenna

    sous vide onions in beer caramelized with a wooden spoon in a white bowl

    Sous vide onions in beer recipe

    Is there anything you can't sous vide? This recipe for caramelized sous vide onions in beer adds bold flavor to pasta dishes, sandwiches, pizzas, and sous vide sauces. It's a popular sous vide vegetables recipe for sous vide beginners.

    Course Appetizer, Side Dish
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Beer, Onions, Sous vide
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 2 hours
    Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
    Servings 2 people
    Calories 133 kcal


    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 2 garlic cloves minced
    • 2 yellow onions sliced thin
    • S+P
    • 1 cup beer lager or sub broth


    1. Program the sous vide to 185 degrees.
    2. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat for one minute. Add garlic and onion to the pan. Season with s+p. Stir regularly for 5 minutes.
    3. Add beer and reduce to medium-low for 5 minutes.
    4. Pour mixture in a vac seal bag. Sous vide at 185 degrees for 2 hours.
    5. Transfer mixture to a pan on medium heat to cook out any remaining liquid. Serve hot or chilled.

    Recipe Video

    Recipe Notes

    Broth can be used in place of beer. 

    Show me your onions!! I'd love to see how you use your caramelized sous vide onions. Find me on Instagram @sipbitego and tag #sipbitego when you make them. 

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