Soy Braised Onion

Soy-Braised-OnionThis Soy Braised Onion was one of my childhood favorite side dishes.  My mother often made it whenever she had too much onions in the kitchen.

You will only need onions, soy sauce and olive oil. I added a little Korean style corn syrup and sesame seeds for extra lust and nuttiness, but you can omit them.  It is extremely simple to make and delicious to top a bowl of rice. Perfectly vegetarian and vegan worthy.


onionsVidalia onion would be the best choice to get the natural sweetness but you can use yellow onions with a little added sugar to get the similar result.


tutorial-2Slice the onions about 1/2″ wide.


tutorial-3Heat olive oil and saute until just soft.


tutorial-4Add about 3 tablespoon of water…


tutorial-5and soy sauce.


tutorial-6Lower the heat to med-low and simmer until very soft.


tutorial-7The water will reduce as onion gets softer…


tutorial-8Keep cooking until…


tutorial-9you don’t see much liquid in a pan and the onions are very soft and tender.


tutorial-10You can add a little bit of corn syrup for a shine, but it is optional. It also adds a little more sweetness.


tutorial-12 Sprinkle lots of toasted love, the sesame seeds! And the lovely soy braised onion is ready to serve with rice. As it gets cool, the moisture from the onion will ooze out and the juice is delicious to drizzle over the rice.

I served myself this sweet onion dish with my Steamed Egg Pudding over a rice for lunch and I was satisfied.

What a great way to enjoy the goodness of onion! Yum!


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Soy Braised Onion

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: 2-4

Soy Braised Onion


  • 2 Vidalia onions, sliced in 1/2" thickness
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoon water
  • 3 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Korean corn syrup, optional
  • 2 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds


  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over med-low heat, add onions and stir for 2 minutes until slightly soft.
  2. Add water and soy sauce, continue to cook until the onions are very soft and the liquid in a skillet is almost disappeared. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. Serve with rice.

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  1. 4


    yuuummmm! this looks super good I really like onions-funny to think how when I was little I didn’t like onions (until I tried fried onions of course…) and now I want to make a dish that is nothing but onions!

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    Yogicfoodie says

    안녕하세요, 미시에서 물타고 Savory Good Life 갔다가 여기 까지 왔어요.
    Thank you for sharing. Just made it and my kiddos are gulping them down.
    어릴때 도시락 반찬으로 만나던 메뉴인데 거의 20년만에 맛보니 느~~무 맛나네요.
    반찬거리 똑 떨어져 고민중이였는데 감사해요~~~

    Will drop by again soon~~

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      Hi, I am so glad to hear from someone who knows about this dish. Thank you for visiting my sites and hope you would try different recipes as well.

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