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!

2 5

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.

4 5

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.