How to Caramelize Onions Without Oil How to Caramelize Onions Without OilFebruary 5, 2015 in Recipes, VegetarianShare ThisFacebookPinterestTwitterPrintemailWhen cooking without oil it’s important to make sure you’re maximizing the flavor of each ingredient in your dish because without the palate pleasing nature of fat, flavor it where you’re going to feel satisfied. Caramelizing heats the onion so high that the sugars begin to release fast and create with new depth of flavor you’re looking for. This sounds like it’s going to be complicated, right? No way! It’s so incredibly easy and honestly I never use oil to saute any vegetables because veggie broth or water always work wonderfully! 1. Bring a dry saute pan to high heat. *Note: high heat is very important as this is what creates the caramelization. The high heat also creates the non-stick surface which is what we’re looking for when sautéing without oil. If you bring the pan and the onions to heat together, they will burn using this method. 2. While the pan is heating, dice onions to preference. 3. Sprinkle a droplet of water onto your pan to test the heat. If the water absorbs into the pan, it is not hot enough and needs to continue to heat. If the droplet of water stays in a ball and sizzles to the edge then the pan is hot enough and ready to add the onions. 4. Drop the onions in the pan and let them cook for about a minute. *Important* Do not stir the onions at all. When they sit in the same spot they will begin to create the browning effect of caramelization. 5. When you see a strong browning underneath the onions (keeping a watchful eye not to burn), add about 2 Tbl of vegetable broth and stir the onions. You will begin to see the caramelization in full effect. Cook onions for 2-3 more minutes, adding veggie broth as needed to stir. Use this method when starting any kind of sauce or soups or add onions to salads and sandwiches for a lower calorie, high flavored meal!