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Caramelized Red Onion Chutney

Caramelized Red Onion Chutney

Caramelised Red Onion Chutney

This is the perfect gift for cheese lovers everywhere. It’s sweet, simple, and you can make it more than a month in advance.
By Eleanor Jones

Caramelised Red Onion Chutney

The men in my life are notoriously difficult to buy for. I’ve brought endless amounts of books, jumpers and hopelessly ugly novelty socks over the years, but I still feel like the presents that I buy for them never quite hit the mark. So this year, I’ve taken a new approach. This year, I’m gifting food.

I’ve never met a man who didn’t like a cheeseboard, and nothing goes better with a cheese than chutney. Specifically thick, sticky, savoury red onion chutney, caramelised with brown sugar and sweet balsamic vinegar. This isn’t just an ideal gift for a tricky to buy for fella – this is the perfect gift for cheese lovers everywhere. It’s sweet, simple, and you can make it more than a month in advance. What’s not to love?

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Caramelised red onion chutney

  • Author: Eleanor Jones
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


A sweet and sticky red onion chutney – the perfect addition to your Christmas cheeseboard.


  • 6 red onions
  • 2 white onions
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 50g light brown sugar
  • 150g dark brown sugar
  • 150ml balsamic vinegar
  • 150ml red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp crushed chili flakes


  1. Peel and chop all 8 of the onions, cutting them into the finest possible slices.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan, and add the onions.
  3. Cook over a low heat for 20 minutes, stirring gently to prevent burning, until the onions are soft.
  4. Stir in the sugars.
  5. Add the vinegars and chili flakes and simmer the mixture for a further 30 minutes, until most of the liquid has reduced and the chutney has become thick and sticky.
  6. Pour into hot, sterilized jars and seal.
  7. You can serve the chutney immediately, but it’s best if kept to mature for a month or more. If you make a batch now, it will be ready in time for Christmas!


Serving size in this recipe equates as jars. I made 5 relatively small jars from this mixture, but depending on the size of your onions you could easily make four larger jars if you so wish!

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour



View Comments (2)
  • just made onion chutney using this recipe. It is amazing, really rich and sweet. Just had to get some cheddar cheese out to have with the pan scrappings. Yummy, will have to make more of this. I doubled the recipe and still only made 7 small jars but well worth it. Thank you for publishing this recipe.

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