Sweet-And-Sour Green Onions (Microwave)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 8 mins

From Microwave Entertaining. Be wary of cooking times for your microwave, this is a rather old cook book, and I believe the wattages have gone up from the time it was published. My suggestion is if you have a newer microwave to only microwave for one minute the first time, adding +30 on until its hot or syrupy, three the second, then one , adding +30 until tender :) unless you have an old low wattage microwave like me! Please note, the recipe calls for green onions/scallions, other large onions are not an do-able substitution.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 large lemon (unblemished)
  • 1 lb green onion (about 4 bunches)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 14 cup sugar
  • 14 teaspoon salt


  1. Peel lemon, spiraling down from top to bottom - producing one long wide peel.
  2. Cut peel lengthwise into quarters to get 6 long, thin strips; set aside.
  3. Squeeze 1 tbsp lemon juice.
  4. Remove tips and ends of green onions and peel the outer layer.
  5. Divide the onions into 6 bunches, tying each with a strip of lemon peel.
  6. Arrange the bunches of onions in a 3 quart rectangle shaped microwave-safe dish.
  7. In a 1 cup microwave safe dish, combine lemon juice, vinegar, sugar and salt.
  8. Cook on high 2-3 minutes or until hot and syrupy; pour over onions.
  9. Cover onions with plastic wrap.
  10. Turn back one side.
  11. Cook on high 3 minutes.
  12. Rearrange onions.
  13. Cook another 2-3 minutes or more until tender.
  14. Let stand 2 minutes.
Most Helpful

I'm clearly in the minority here, but these didn't appeal to me. I'm glad I tried them, though!

BarbryT December 19, 2008

I'm sorry to say this didn't work out well for me... I microwaved it for a lot longer than the recipe said, and they were still raw. It's an interesting recipe, though!! Thanks for posting.

brokenburner October 16, 2008

The biggest problem with this recipe is it isn't enough!!! I had 3 bunches that I made into 4 bundles & we all wanted MORE!!! Maybe it's *my* microwave but 3 minutes x 2 was too much - they cooked down too much. But delicious! And the sauce is to die for! Zesting the lemon in 1 piece, slicing & tying the zest was a bit tricky but I managed it. Made for the 2/08 Aussie swap.

Elmotoo February 28, 2008