Instant Pot Caramelized Onions

Caramelized Onions

Caramelized onions are just perfect! They works great with everything, whether it's beef steak or a plain rice.

And the best part? Caramelized onions are actually the easiest thing you can make!

Caramelized onions topped with allspice on white plate

Why should I use the Instant Pot?

Cooking them over a stove takes time. This traditional method takes up to 25 minutes. With the Instant pot, you can cut the time in half and cook these in just 10 minutes.

The results will be completely the same, but without losing your time and worrying will something burn.

If you want to try out a dish with the caramelized onions, I suggest you go with French Onion Soup.

How to use caramelized onions?

You can pile a spoonful of caramelized onions on baguette slices for a delicious snack.

You can also stir a scoop into soups, stir-fries, casseroles, pasta sauces, or braised dishes. The onions can go on top of pizza, burgers, sloppy joes, and sandwiches.

You can use it to make Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli Casserole or for this Instant Pot Green Bean Casserole.

You can use it to make sausage and peppers sub:

I also like adding caramelized onions to the Instant Pot French Dip sandwiches.

What onions to use?

For this Instant Pot caramelized onions recipe it really does not matter. Silver, purple, or plan. Any onion is okay. Make sure they are not bruised or rotten and the rest is fine.

Can I use sugar?

I didn't add sugar to the Instant Pot caramelized onions, but Some people like to add sugar while cooking.

The sugar gives a deeper flavor and you can add some if you really like to. Feel free to add plain white or brown sugar, just make sure you don't use more than 1 ½ tsp.

Can I use oil instead of butter?

You can, but the butter makes the difference. The butter gives that nice creaminess the plain oil cannot offer.

How to make Caramelized onions

Gather your ingredients:

In Instant Pot combine onions, butter, and salt and pepper.

Lock the lid into place and select High Pressure. Set the timer to 5 minutes.

Once the cooking cycle is done, perform a natural pressure release.

Select Saute and cook onions for 5 minutes.

Serve onions as desired.

Caramelized Onions

Instant Pot Caramelized Onions

Enjoy a batch of sweet and deeply golden caramelized onions!
4.72 from 28 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butter, onion
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Corrie


  • 2 lb onions
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Combine onions, butter, salt, and pepper in the Instant Pot.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Once the cooking cycle is done, wait for a natural pressure release.
  • Once done, open the lid, select Saute and cook the onions for 5 minutes.
  • Serve or save for later 🙂


Calories: 95kcal Carbohydrates: 22g Protein: 3g Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 1mg Sodium: 17mg Potassium: 341mg Fiber: 4g Sugar: 10g Vitamin A: 17IU Vitamin C: 17mg Calcium: 61mg Iron: 1mg
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18 thoughts on “Instant Pot Caramelized Onions

  1. 4 stars
    I made exactly as directed... the onions turned out super flavorful and tasted great, but they were more of a spread or paste than I was expecting. Still, can't beat this for EASY!

  2. Wondering did you try or did any comments mention trying to make French onion soup when caramelized onions were done Thanks ?

    1. Yes, these are perfect for making French onion soup! It's a make ahead trick to make cooking the soup faster, if you caramelize the onions ahead of time.

  3. I made them yesterday and they came out excellent. I changed Pressure Cook time to 6 minutes and it worked well. However, I want to ask that if I double the quantity of onions, should I need to double the timings?

    1. 6 minutes are fine but don't exceed that, otherwise they will be mushy and you won't enjoy them. Cooking time will be same or van be exceeded by 2 minutes if you double the recipe.

  4. I saved the juice for future use and this idea turned out brilliant. I make the beans soup from this juice which came out so delicious and mouthwatering. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

    1. Oh wow! I adore it when people like and follow my suggestions. You have nailed it by using it in the split pea soup.

  5. These were great! I made them to go along with an Asian recipe of different lentils and grains, known as Haleem! I'm utilizing my time in this quarantine by storing premade foods and this is a great addition. Thanks for the shortcut!

    1. I agree that this is the best recipe in quarantine and it goes best with lentils, grains, and rice! You can try it with beans or chickpeas too! I will also try haleem.

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