Boiled Onions

READY IN: 43mins
Recipe by Ellee

Boiled onions have always been a traditional part of my family's Thanksgiving dinner. I always assumed it was a mainstay holiday side dish for evey family in Amerca, but since I've gotten 'out in the world' see that I was mistaken. SO - I'm posting this recipe because boiled onions are AWESOME and I hope to hear from other New Englanders who agree with me. I don't wait for Thanksgiving but serve them several times a year.

Top Review by mums the word

Well this was a first for me, having onions as the star in a vegetable side dish. I love onions so I had to try it. Super simple to make and good flavour too. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Made for Spring PAC 2012.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 lbs onions (white, yellow, or vidalia)
  • 1 tablespoon margarine (I use Smart Balance Light) or 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (adjust according to your preference, if using Vidalia or other sweet onions, can cut the sugar in ha)
  • salt and pepper


  1. Wash onions, trim ends and remove outer layer (keep whole).
  2. Cook in salted boiling water for 30- 50 minutes (depending on size of onions) until soft and onion layers start to 'come apart'.
  3. Drain water, and toss onions w/ margarine, sugar, salt and pepper.
  4. You can make this recipe a day or 2 in advance, store in fridge, and heat up in microwave just before serving.

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