Pearl Onions

Cooked Pearl Onions

So I’m going to say this up front.  These were not a hit with the kids.  At least not this time.  But the kids did try them, and I think that they were fun to make and added some flavor to the meal for me and my husband. So overall, I think I can call this experience a win.

I liked pearl onions as a kid, but I don’t remember ever getting them uncooked.  As I recall we always had them frozen and my mother would steam them.  I decided to try cooking them myself after my husband came home with two small bags of uncooked

As shown in the picture I added the cooked pearl onions to my broccoli with soy sauce and toasted sesame oil.



  • uncooked fresh pearl onions


  1. Set a medium saucepan of water to boil.
  2. Throw out any onions that are soft or feel empty.
  3. Slice off end opposite the root of all the onions.
  4. Boil in the saucepan for 2 minutes.
  5. Drain into a colander and run under cool water until onions are cool to the touch.
  6. Push each onion from the root end, the skin should pop off.  You may need to use a knife to slice the side of the onion to pop it out of its skin.
  7. Serve alone or add to another dish.  I added mine to cooked broccoli.

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