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balsamic glazed cipollini onions

Balsamic Glazed Cipollini Onions

Easy to make balsamic glazed cipollini onions are the perfect and elegant accompaniment to roasted meats and or vegetables. This delicious side dish has a delicious balance of savory, sweet and loads of flavor.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 3
Author: Jeri Mobley-Arias


  • 1 pound cipollini onions
  • 1 tablespoon quality olive oil
  • tablespoons butter 
  • 2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt + more to taste, Diamond Kosher brand
  • tablespoons water


  • Bring a small pot filled with water to a boil over medium high heat. Add onions and cook for 2 minutes, cool. Using a pairing knife, remove roots, ends and peel.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add olive oil and butter. Add onions and lower heat to medium. Cook for 3 minutes or until bottoms are caramelized, then flip and repeat, and add thyme.
  • Add balsamic vinegar, sugar, water and kosher salt. Cover the pan and leave for 2 minutes. Gently stir onions and cook until liquid has slightly reduced.