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creamed pearl onions recipe
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Creamed Pearl Onions Recipe

If you love onions, you have to try these Creamy Pearl Onions made on the stovetop. This delicious recipe is the perfect side to roast beef and is popular as a side dish to any holiday meal. You'll love these luscious, flavorful, and tender pearl onions in a cream sauce.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish, Sides
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pearl onions
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 152kcal
Author: Briana


  • 20 ounces pearl onions, blanched and peeled (can use frozen)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1.5 teaspoons kosher salt (or to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
  • pinch of nutmeg (optional)
  • 6 ounces broth of choice (or can use wine)
  • 6 ounces heavy whipping cream
  • minced parsley & fresh thyme for garnish


  • Melt butter over medium heat in a sauté pan or skillet. Place onions in the pan in a single layer, and season with salt. Don't move much, for at least 3-4 minutes, then move gently with a wooden spoon. We want to caramelize the onions.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook to allow onions to soften and turn golden brown on all sides. Add a little water or broth if the pan becomes too dry to deglaze. Sauté for roughly 15 minutes until the onions are nice and soft.
  • After the onions are golden brown, add in any remaining chicken broth, and heavy whipping cream. Stir to combine.
  • Add black pepper, nutmeg, and thyme. Allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes until the sauce has thickened. Adjust seasonings to taste, and add more liquid for a thinner sauce if desired. Serve with roast beef, or nearly any meat, poultry, or game. Enjoy!
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.


  • Pro tip: don't allow the sauce to boil, or the cream will curdle.
  • These onions can also be made in the oven, by adding all ingredients to an oven-safe dish and baking at 350*F for about 30-35 minutes. 
  • Season to taste with salt, pepper, nutmeg & fresh herbs. 
  • Use any broth or wine of choice for the liquid. 


Sodium: 524mg | Calcium: 34mg | Vitamin C: 5mg | Vitamin A: 490IU | Sugar: 4g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 131mg | Cholesterol: 40mg | Calories: 152kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Fat: 13g | Protein: 2g | Carbohydrates: 7g | Iron: 1mg