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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Glazed Pearl Onions

  • prep: 5 mins
    total time: 30 mins
  • servings: 4
Photography: Clive Streeter




  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pound frozen pearl onions, thawed and patted dry
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme (or 1/4 teaspoon dried)

Cook's Note

The longer the pearl onions cook, the sweeter and more caramelized they will become. Toss with a little balsamic vinegar, if desired.


  1. Step 1

    Heat oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add onions. Cook, tossing occasionally, until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Sprinkle with sugar; season with salt and pepper. Add 2/3 cup water and thyme; cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are tender and liquid has evaporated, about 20 minutes.

Everyday Food, November 2003



Reviews (2)

  • tangoa24 28 Jan, 2013

    ashley0304: you don't need to adapt it at all - if you get frozen you're thawing them anyway, fresh means you're just skipping that step.

  • ashley0304 24 Nov, 2010

    How would you adapt the recipe for fresh pearl onions? I couldn't find frozen.