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A gray rustic ceramic serving bowl of a caramelized apple and onion side dish, with a gold-colored serving spoon, on top of several piece of plain blue cloth and blue cloth with white spots.

Caramelized Apples and Onions

  • Author: Shanna Mallon
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Cozy up with caramelized apples and onions for dinner this week. The flavor combination of this simple side is perfect for fall, alongside chicken or pork.


  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil or unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 lbs onions, peeled and thinly sliced (about 3 medium onions/4 cups sliced)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 lb cooking apples, peeled and sliced (about 3 medium apples/3 cups sliced)


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter or coconut oil. Add onions, salt, and pepper, and stir to combine. Cook the onions until they are soft and translucent, approximately 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in thyme sprigs and apple slices. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook for 10 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  3. Increase heat to medium-high, and cook for 10 more minutes while stirring occasionally, until the apples and onions are caramelized.
  4. Remove thyme sprigs and serve.


Nutritional information below was calculated using butter. For a dairy-free version, try coconut oil instead!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegetables

Keywords: fall, autumn, apple, onion, side dish