Sticky Balsamic Fried Onions

It’s Halloween season and here’s a cool recipe to make your onions look like worms with this sticky balsamic fried onions recipe – Mwahahahahaha!

In all seriousness, this is a great side dish to have with toad in the hole, in a burger, hot dog or to garnish a salad in the summer. Enjoy!


Half a tablespoon of vegetable oil for frying
3 large onions cut into rings
Splash of water for steaming
1 tablespoon of Muscovado/dark brown sugarΒ 
One crushed garlic (optional)Β 
120ml diluted OXO beef stock cubeΒ 
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar


  1. In a frying pan, bring the oil to a medium heat and add the onions and the crushed garlic. Move frequently and fry until they’re soft – to speed this process up, increase the heat, add a splash of water and cover. Essentially we want to try and soften the onions.
  2. Add the sugar and stir until the onions are a nice golden brown. Add the balsamic vinegar and increase the heat.
  3. Gradually incorporate the the beef stock, stir and cook until the stock is reduced. Add more sugar or balsamic vinegar to suit your tastes.

That’s it – it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. If you do make this recipe with toad in the hole, check out my mashed potato recipe here.

Sticky Balsamic Fried Onions

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