Perfect sautéed onions just 3 minutes in the microwave

This week I was going to be sharing another seven minute recipe: Grilled Halloumi and mandarin salad.  However I’d used my digital SLR camera rather than my trusty iPhone to take the photos, because I was trying to get a more ‘foodie’ look and the photos were terrible. I need a lot more practice using my camera. Instead I am going to share my trick for making sautéed onions in just 3 minutes.

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Sautéing onions makes them taste sweet due to the natural sugar in onions.  The butter add richness  and really makes these onions taste just like I spent 20 minutes sautéing them.  I did a blind trial for a friend last week and she could not tell the difference between the microwave onions and the traditional stove top sautéed onions.

Large onions don’t really work in this recipe.  Look for onions about the size of a lemon or smaller.  If you are cooking for two you can add a second onion and microwave for an additional minute or so.

Microwave sautéed onions

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion
  • 1 teaspoon butter

Method

  1. Chop the top and bottom of the onion (do not peel)
  2. Sit the onion on it’s chopped flat bottom in a microwave safe dish and place a teaspoon of butter over the top
  3. Cover and microwave for 3 minutes
  4. Once done, use a knife and fork to cut off the brown skin and chop the tender onion into slices.

I added my onions to a sausage sandwich with the lot. Onions are the perfect compliment to vegetarian sausages. 

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