Melting Onions

Onions lose their bite and melt in your mouth when they're sliced and roasted with butter and fresh herbs and then tenderized further by braising in broth. Serve alongside roasted chicken or cook them in vegetable broth for an easy, elegant vegetarian side dish.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Start To Finish Time:
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins


  • 4 large sweet onions (2 1/4 pounds), peeled and cut into 1-inch slices

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon melted butter

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage or thyme

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ½ cup low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth


  1. Position rack in upper third of oven. Preheat to 450°F.

  2. Toss onions, oil, butter, sage (or thyme), salt and pepper in a large bowl. Spread in a 9-by-13-inch metal baking pan (don't use glass or ceramic, which might shatter). Roast, turning once, until browned on both sides, 30 to 35 minutes total.

  3. Turn the onions again and carefully add broth to the pan. Continue roasting until the broth is reduced and the onions are very soft, 15 to 20 minutes more.

    Melting Onions
    Jacob Fox

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

74 Calories
5g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size about 2 onion slices
Calories 74
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g 2%
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Vitamin A 139IU 3%
Sodium 302mg 13%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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