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Homemade red onion chutney recipe

Caramelised Red Onion Chutney Recipe

Here's how to make a sweet and spicy caramelised red onion chutney. It's the best ever! This simple recipe is quick, easy and so good!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine British
Servings 2 Jars
Calories 970 kcal


  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 12 Red Onions 1.5kg Onions
  • 200 g Light Brown Sugar
  • 200 ml Red Wine Vinegar
  • 200 ml Balsamic Vinegar
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Granules Or Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Powder
  • 1 Red Chilli


  • Peel the red onions and thinly slice them. Then finely dice the red chilli pepper and leave aside for later use.
  • Put oil into a saucepan on medium to high heat and add the sliced onions. Stir the onions so that it’s coated in the oil and continue to stir for 10 minutes until the onions have softened. You don’t want the onions to brown.
  • Add the salt, sugar, red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, ginger powder, garlic granules and finely sliced chillies into the saucepan and continue to stir on a high heat for 10 minutes.
  • Lower the heat to a low temperature so that the mixture is simmering with mild bubbles.
    Then leave the saucepan uncovered and leave to simmer for 40 to 50 minutes or until the onion chutney has thickened and has a dark caramelised appearance. Stir occasionally to prevent the onions from sticking to the bottom.
  • To store, place the chutney into sterilised jars. I usually store it in two 500ml clip lid canisters.


A quick test to see if the chutney is ready is to use a wooden spoon and brush it against the pan. If it leaves an imprint for a few seconds before the juices cover the pan, then it’s ready. If when you drag the spoon against the pan the liquid quickly covers the pan, it needs to simmer for longer.


Calories: 970kcalCarbohydrates: 184gProtein: 9gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 680mgPotassium: 1402mgFiber: 12gSugar: 141gVitamin A: 228IUVitamin C: 82mgCalcium: 277mgIron: 4mg
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