Onion Jam


This onion jam is a family favorite. Expect a few wrinkled noses, maybe at the title, but the result is worth the effort. This recipe may not be the best for beginner cooks since there are a couple of potentially tricky steps. Serve a cup of jam over a bar of cream cheese with crackers or as a spread for meat sandwiches. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins


  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 4 cups onion, coarsely chopped

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ cup red wine vinegar


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Stir sugar into oil with a wooden spoon, stirring constantly, until mixture is a light caramel color, about 10 minutes. Mixture will be very hot.

  2. Stir onion, salt, and black pepper into sugar mixture. Onions will immediately start to caramelize. Stir frequently over medium heat until sugar has dissolved and onions are browned, about 15 minutes.

  3. Pour red wine vinegar into onion mixture; simmer until mixture reaches a jam consistency, about 30 minutes. Let cool to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

37 Calories
2g Fat
5g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 37
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Sodium 19mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 35mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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