Onion Marmalade

Marmalade is such an old-fashioned word, don’t you think? It sounds like something elderly characters in a southern novel would spoon over their afternoon biscuits.

Well, I’m ready to get my granny on because this onion marmalade is ridiculously spectacular. It’s got a sweet, caramelized flavour and it basically melts in your mouth. I’ve never had anything like it.

Despite the sweetness, it’s still a savory condiment that you can spoon over gluten-free crackers, chickpea flatbread, rice, veggies, toast, etc. I had mine with spinach pakoras. Not biscuits. This leaves my youth intact, no?

Are you a marmalade fan?

Onion Marmalade
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gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, soy-free, egg-free, nut-free
Recipe type: Condiment
Serves: 4
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 cups onion, sliced
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar or balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp thyme, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until they are tender, about 10-15 minutes.
  2. Reduce the heat to low. Add the water, cover and cook until the onions turn a deep golden brown, about 50 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes for the first 30 minutes and every five minutes for the remaining time. Add a bit more water if it starts to get to dry.
  3. Add the vinegar, sugar, thyme, salt and pepper. Deglaze the pan and cook until most of the moisture is gone.


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One Response to Onion Marmalade

  1. Veronica February 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    I love this! I have to try it, and no I don’t think marmalade is old fashioned. My favorite fruit spread is orange marmalade!