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Onion Butter: Easy Vegan Recipe With Caramelized Onions

Vegan onion butter
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This vegan recipe for onion butter using caramelized onions is easy, rich in flavor, and totally plant-based. Learn how to make and use it here.

Onion butter is made using caramelized onions. Caramelized onions are rich, sweet, and deliciously soft. This tasty onion spread is a great addition to a number of dishes, but is not always vegan. This is due to caramelized onions traditionally being made using dairy butter. That being said, you can recreate that same deep onion flavor using vegan butter instead! Follow this easy vegan recipe for vegan onion butter using plant-based alternatives.

Vegan Onion Butter Recipe + Uses

Vegan onion butter is made using caramelized onions.
Vegan onion butter is made using caramelized onions. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / stevepb)


  • 2 large yellow onions
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter (sub for vegetable oil)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup vegan butter, room temperature


  1. Peel and slice the onions thinly and evenly.
  2. In a large pan, heat the butter over a medium-high heat. Add the onions and break the rings apart into individual parts.
  3. Slowly cook the onions until soft and translucent, tossing every so often so the onions cook evenly. Once soft, add the salt and lower the heat to medium-low.
  4. Leave the onions for two minutes before tossing them to let them brown. Repeat this step every couple of minutes until the onions are evenly brown on all sides. This should take 30 to 40 minutes. The darker the color, the richer the flavor.
  5. About five minutes before the onions are done, add one to two tablespoons of water into the pan. This will lift the brown oil from the bottom of the pan and help it stick to the onions.
  6. Remove the onions from the pan and set them aside. Leave them to cool for ten minutes.
  7. In a mixing bowl, cream together the vegan caramelized onions and vegan butter. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

How to Serve Vegan Onion Butter

Vegan onion butter is a delicious spread over freshly baked bread. It also works especially well spread onto vegan burger buns, added to bruschetta, or as the butter for vegan garlic bread. No matter how you choose to use your vegan onion butter, the end results will be delicious.

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