Sweet Glazed Pearl Onions

You can use frozen pearl onions, which are already peeled, for this recipe. But the sweetness and crunch of fresh ones elevates the dish, so use them when you have the time and patience to peel for twenty minutes or so.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 25 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 2 cups peeled pearl onions
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped thyme


  • In a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat, combine onions, sugar, salt, and butter with 1 cup cold water; bring to a simmer. Cook gently until all water is absorbed, and onions are coated in a light glaze, about 5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low and cook slowly until glaze browns and onions are golden brown, about 5 minutes more.