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Sweet and Spicy Caramelized Pearl Onions

Subtly sweetened with maple syrup and a tiny kick of hot chili powder, these caramelized pearl onions are perfect for a plant-based appetizer platter. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramelized onions, easy appetizer, hot appetizer, pearl onions, vegan appetizer, vegan party food
Servings: 10 1 tablespoon sized
Calories: 20kcal
Author: Sylvia Eastman


  • 2 cups pearl onions, skin on
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pinch hot chili powder


  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • In a medium saucepan, parboil the onions for 3 minutes and then rinse in cold water until cool enough to handle.
  • Slice the root end of the onion off, and then pop the onion out from its outer skin. This is fun, like popping bubble-wrap! 
  • In a small ovenproof pan, combine the onions, maple syrup, oil and chili powder.
    Roast for about 20 to 25 minutes until tender.
  • There’s so many ways to eat this! Some ideas, from vegan to carnivore, listed below:
    smeared on crusty baguette
    spooned onto pear slices
    as a topping on endive leaves
    a combo of endive, pear and onions! Yum!
    for vegetarians, the addition of goat cheese to any of the above
    for carnivores, this will pair well with chorizo or prosciutto


Reheating and Storage 

You can serve this either hot or cold. Reheat them for about 10 minutes in a 200F oven if you like.
They will keep in the fridge in a sealed container for at least 2-3 days, if not longer.


Calories: 20kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 1g | Potassium: 13mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 4mg