Broiled Onions

Broiled Onions

These were a staple growing up. They were a sweet yet tangy accompaniment to lots of different meals but my favorite meals to serve them with are any grilled meats. In fact, although these are done in the oven, you can cook them on the grill the same way too!

The best part? They make your entire house smell AMAZING. Maybe I should add this as a entertaining tip: When having guests for dinner, broil some onions. Your house will smell so amazing, it won’t really matter what you serve your guests!!

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required:Prep Time – 5min; Cook Time – 1 hour


1/2 onion per person

Now this is the important part, I ALWAYS use sweet onions which used to mean only Vidalia. Now you can get sweet onions year round that are not the same as Vidalia but still better than nothing.

You can do this with any onion type you like but I just think the sweet onions are perfect. Of course, if I was doing this for a Greek meal of grilled lamb, I think I’d use red onions and maybe top with some thyme and rosemary.

1 pat of butter per onion (you can substitute EVOO if you want too, but sometimes you need a little butta)

lemon pepper seasoning – this is the secret ingredient. It adds the tangy to the sweet for a beautiful marriage

Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:

Aluminum Foil

How to make broiled onions:

I guess it is a bit of a misnomer to call these ‘broiled’ onions since they are not cooked under a broiler, but that’s what we called them growing up. I guess roasted onions wrapped in foil may be more appropriate but who really cares. They are so good!

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut the ends of the onion, peel and slice in half (you’ll want a pretty big onion for this. If you can’t find big ones, then you can just serve a small whole onion).

baked onion in foil

Top the onion with a pat of butter (whatever size you think of as a pat will work) and a generous sprinkle of lemon pepper seasoning.

roasted onions

Wrap up tightly in foil and place in an oven safe container to keep any juices from leaking all over your oven. Roast for about an hour to an hour and a half or until nice and tender and juicy and sweet and tangy and …..ok I’ll stop!

So good.


Change the onion variety if you dare and certainly feel free to use another seasoning rather than lemon pepper. I bet Slavo Salt would be great here too.

Meal Ideas:

Serve broiled onions with a nice grilled steak and fresh steamed green veggie.

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