Caramelized Onions and Lentils. A wonderful side dish goes perfect with a crockpot dinner, or some nice chicken or pork chops, or a roast turkey dinner too! Really tasty and very easy to make. No messing or fussing!

Caramelized Onions and Lentils. A wonderful side dish, goes perfect with a crock pot dinner, or some nice chicken or pork chops, or a roast turkey dinner too! Really tasty and very easy to make. No messing or fussin!

What an easy and delicious recipe we have for you today, using very basic, budget-friendly ingredients, and incredibly easy to make. 

This recipe will go very well as a side dish with dinner, for example, serve alongside our grilled lemon chicken recipe, or one of our pot roasts.

We've also had people make this for their lunch, just served in a bowl with a slice of bread. It's that simple and versatile!

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The ingredients are simple, and you will likely have them to hand already. We haven't added any herbs or spices, just simple salt and pepper to season. Feel free to spice it up a little if you wish! The smells when this is cooking is wonderful.

So let's get straight to the recipe and see how we make this delicious caramelized onions and lentils recipe. 

Recipe by Carina Duclos

Prep time

5 minutes

Cook time

10 - 20 minutes (approximate)

Serving size

2 - 4 persons

Ingredients

2 sliced onions
1 Tablespoon butter
2 Teaspoons olive oil
2 cups cooked lentils
Salt and pepper to taste.

Optional: You can also add 1 teaspoon of brown sugar if you would like a hint of sweet

Instructions

Fry the onions slow with butter and only a couple of teaspoons of olive oil.

When they started to get brown I added salt to taste. Add the brown sugar if using

Then add 2 cups of cooked lentils and a little bit of fresh pepper.

Cook on a gentle heat, stirring occasionally until the lentils are cooked through. 

Serve hot when done. 

If you would like to see Carina's recipe for BBQ Chicken rub, which she served with the onions and lentils, click on the photo

BBQ Chicken Rub is a great bend of spices and herbs for keeping your chicken juicy and full of flavor. Perfect for grilling, BBQ or oven.

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Caramelized Onions and Lentils. A wonderful side dish goes perfect with a crockpot dinner, or some nice chicken or pork chops, or a roast turkey dinner too! Really tasty and very easy to make. No messing or fussing!

Caramelized Onions and Lentils

Yield: 4 - 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Caramelized Onions and Lentils. A wonderful side dish goes perfect with a crockpot dinner, or some nice chicken or pork chops, or a roast turkey dinner too! Really tasty and very easy to make. No messing or fussing!

Ingredients

  • 2 sliced onions
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 Teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Brown Sugar (optional)
  • 2 cups cooked lentils
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Instructions

  1. Fry the onions slow with butter and only a couple of teaspoons of olive oil. When they started to get brown I added salt to taste. Add brown sugar if using.
  2. Then add 2 cups of cooked lentils and a little bit of fresh pepper.
  3. Cook on a gentle heat, stirring occasionally until the lentils are cooked through. 
  4. Serve hot when done
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 100mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 9gSugar: 4gProtein: 10g

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  1. Oh this is so good! I added a splash of balsamic vinegar to the onions where they were almost done which brightens their flavor up. A keeper for sure.

    1. Hi Kristin, you can use dried or canned lentils. Obviously if you use dried, you will need to soak and cook them first. As for the sauce, there is not a lot of sauce, what you see in the photos is the caramelization from the onions and butter. The onions will give off some liquid during cooking. Hope that helps!