How to Cook Fresh Pearl Onions

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Cook the onions to your liking by roasting or sauteeing.
Cook the onions to your liking by roasting or sauteeing. (Image: Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Skillet
  • Butter
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic

Sautéed Pearl Onions

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

Rinse away dirt from the onions with cool running water.

Preheat a skillet on the stove over medium heat.

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

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

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

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

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

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

Rinse away dirt from the onions with cool running water.

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.

Arrange the onions onto a roasting pan evenly.

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

Tips & Warnings

  • 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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