An easy and fuss-free way to caramelize onions without oil and still achieve that deep and rich flavor!
Author:Sweet Simple Vegan
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:25 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes
Yield:~ 1/2 cup caramelized onions
1 medium white onion, halved and sliced into 1/8″ strips
~1 cup low-sodium & oil-free vegetable broth (We recommend homemade or the Engine 2 brand)
In a medium pan over medium heat, add in 1/4 cup of vegetable broth. Once heated, add the sliced onions and cook down, stirring occasionally, for about 35-30 minutes. You will need to add more vegetable broth (1/4 cup at a time) as time passes to prevent burning, but they KEY to perfect caramelization without oil is to only add more broth once all of the previously added liquid has completely cooked off.
Keep in mind that you don’t need to adjust the heat during this process. You’ll be tempted to crank it up to speed things up, but medium-low is the way to go.
You’re aiming for a deep brown color and not golden/blonde. You’re going to be tempted to take the onions off early because they will smell SO DANG GOOD and look pretty cooked down, but you want to make sure that you don’t take them off too early.
When caramelizing onions without oil, only add more broth in once all of the previously added liquid has completely cooked off. This means that liquid should only be added once the pan is completely dry.