Caramelized Onion Jam on Rib-Eye Steaks

Caramelized Onion Jam 1I confess…I’m a carnivore. Give me a good steak or beef roast and I’m happy. It is rare (and I like mine rare!) that anything needs to be added to a good piece of meat for me to get optimal enjoyment.

But every once in a while an idea comes along that takes something already fantastic (like a good piece of meat) to the next level…what comes after fantastic?  Would that be stupendous?

Caramelized Onion Jam 2Well, much like Bacon Jam upped our sliders game, this Caramelized Onion Jam adds a wonderful sweet and savory deliciousness to rib-eye steaks. You could also serve it with prime rib; or how about putting it on steak tacos? It would be Gr8 alongside pork chops, as well.

Vince grilled our rib-eyes with a crushed peppercorn crust. Then we served them with a horseradish sour cream and the Caramelized Onion Jam…..oh my!!

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Caramelized Onion Jam 1

Caramelized Onion Jam

Author Anna


  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/4 pounds onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup whiskey (I used bourbo), or apple cider
  • 2 Tablespoons white balsamic vinegar


  1. Heat the butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the sliced onions and toss to coat evenly in the butter-olive oil mixture.
  3. Stir in thyme, honey and pepper.
  4. Cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. This should take about 12 - 20 minutes, depending on the pan you are using.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and add the whiskey and white balsamic vinegar. (Remove the pan so the alcohol doesn't ignite!)
  6. Return the pan to the heat, bring to a boil then turn down to simmer.
  7. Simmer until the moisture is reduced and mixture thickens to a jam like consistency, about 20-30 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Gr8 Do-Ahead Tip:

This can be made, cooled, then stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

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