Roasted Vidalia Onions


This easy Vidalia onion recipe can be made in the oven or cooked outside on the grill. Sweet, mild Vidalia onions are sliced partway through, topped with butter, beef bouillon cubes, and basic seasoning, and wrapped up in foil pouches to cook to tender perfection. The buttery bouillon mixture drips down into the rings of the onion as it cooks and you end up with tasty onions that taste and smell like French onion soup! Serve as-is as a side dish, or slice them up and serve on sandwiches, salads, or hot dogs.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
2 onions

Looking for a simple Vidalia onion recipe that you'll come back to again and again? You've come to the right place. These roasted Vidalia onions will steal the show at your next summertime gathering.

What's So Special About Vidalia Onions?

A Vidalia onion is a type of sweet, mild onion with a flat shape and a relatively high sugar content. Native to Vidalia, Georgia, they can only be grown in certain Georgia counties.

Here's what culinary producer Nicole McLaughlin (a.k.a. NicoleMcMom) has to say about her favorite onion variety: "Just like Champagne can only be made in the Champagne region of France, Vidalias can only be grown in Vidalia." She calls them "the Champagne of onions."

The soil in Vidalia, Georgia has an unusually low amount of sulfur, so this variety is uniquely sweet (not sharp).

Learn more: What Is a Vidalia Onion and What Does It Taste Like?

Roasted Vidalia Onion Ingredients

Here's what you'll need to make this summer-perfect Vidalia onion recipe:

· Onions: Vidalia onion season runs from April to August. Look for firm onions that are free of cuts and blemishes.
· Butter: A pat of butter melts into the onion as it cooks, adding tons of rich flavor and moisture.
· Spices and seasonings: You can season this Vidalia onion recipe however you like. This recipe calls for bouillon cubes, salt, pepper, and paprika.

How to Make Roasted Vidalia Onions

Roasted Vidalia Onions

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make this Vidalia onion recipe:

1. Prep: Peel, core, and slice each onion.
2. Season: Season each onion with a bouillon cube, salt, pepper, and paprika.
3. Cook: Wrap each onion individually in foil. Roast in the preheated onion for about 15 minutes.

How to Serve Roasted Vidalia Onions

Serve this Vidalia onion recipe as an appetizer or side dish. You can pair it with just about anything, but it goes especially well with meaty entrees like steak, pot roast, or pulled pork barbecue.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"These are so good," raves britishcolumbiagirl. "I've made them a few times and they always taste great! Just like French onion soup, but without the hassle. I've even used yellow onions and they're okay, but I prefer using Vidalia. I add some crushed fresh garlic for added flavor."

"This is easy and delicious," according to LeslieAitken. We grilled the onions on the grill for 30 minutes (as mentioned before) and they were melt-in-your-mouth."

"For an added treat, place a slice of Swiss cheese on each onion before you remove it from the oven," says j zarend. "Wait until it has started to melt before removing it from the oven."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 2 Vidalia onions

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 cube beef bouillon, crumbled, or more to taste

  • 2 pinches ground paprika

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Peel onions and cut off ends. Place each onion on large sheet of aluminum foil.

  3. Cut 6 to 8 slices in each onion from the top down about 3/4 of the way toward the bottom; don't cut all the way through. Sprinkle 1/2 of the crumbled bouillon cube over each onion, then place 1 tablespoon butter on top of each. Season with paprika, salt, and pepper. Wrap aluminum foil around each onion to form a pouch.

  4. Roast in the preheated oven to desired tenderness, 30 to 60 minutes.

  5. Be careful when opening foil pouches as steam will be hot. Drizzle cooking liquid over onions once served.

    Roasted Vidalia Onion


If you've already got the grill going, set these pouches alongside whatever else you're cooking.

For a more beefy flavor, use an extra cube of beef bouillon.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

108 Calories
12g Fat
1g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 108
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 514mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 34mg 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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