How to Cook Fresh Pearl Onions

Don't let the small size fool you, pearl onions pack a potent flavor punch. Common for pickling, these tiny onions are actually just young onions and not their own variety. Offering more than just flavor, pearl onions make a healthy addition to soups and main courses while protecting against heart disease and lowering cholesterol. Cooked fresh pearl onions can stand in as a healthy side dish by themselves with only a few minutes of prep work.

Cook the onions to your liking by roasting or sauteeing.

Things You'll Need

  • Skillet

  • Butter

  • Olive oil

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • Garlic

Sautéed Pearl Onions

Step 1

Cut away the green leafy stems and peel away the first layer of skin from the pearl onions.

Step 2

Rinse away dirt from the onions with cool running water.

Step 3

Preheat a skillet on the stove over medium heat.

Step 4

Melt equal parts olive oil and butter onto the warmed skillet.

Step 5

Add in the onions and stir to coat them with the oil and butter.

Step 6

Season the onions with salt, pepper, garlic and other desired seasonings.

Step 7

Continue stirring the onions as they cook for 5 to 10 minutes. The onions will be tender and translucent when they are done.

Roasted Pearl Onions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Cut away the green leafy stems and peel away the first layer of skin from the pearl onions.

Step 3

Rinse away dirt from the onions with cool running water.

Step 4

Season the onions by placing them into a bowl and adding 2 to 4 tbsp. of olive oil. Stir the onions to coat them and add any desired seasonings before stirring again to distribute them.

Step 5

Arrange the onions onto a roasting pan evenly.

Step 6

Place the onions into the oven and allow them to cook for 5 to 10 minutes.

Tip

Saute fresh minced garlic before adding the onions to the pan for added garlic flavor. Store cooked pearl onions in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or freeze them for up to a year.

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