Broiled Chinese Five-Spice Onions

Broiled Chinese Five-Spice Onions – The Home Cook – Alex Guarnaschelli
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I love cooking onions under the broiler because it chars them slightly and brings their natural sweetness to the forefront.


January 21, 2021

In this case, the salt of soy, the richness of butter, the sharpness of five-spice powder and the brightness of lime are waiting for them. This is a flavorful little dish that could easily be paired with chicken, pork or salmon.

Broiled Chinese Five-Spice Onions – The Home Cook – Alex Guarnaschelli

Broiled Chinese Five-Spice Onions

Course: Side Dish
Serving Size: 4 - 6
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  • 3½  lbs cippolini onions peeled
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tso five-spice powder
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • Grated zest and juice of ½ lime


  • Heat the broiler.

Cook the onions:

  • Arrange the onions in a single layer in a large ovenproof skillet and add the olive oil, soy sauce, five-spice powder, and 1 cup water. Add the butter and simmer gently over medium heat, stirring from time to time, until the onions are tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, 10-15 minutes.

Broil the onions:

  • Put the skillet under the broiler and broil until the onions brown further on the top, 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle the lime zest and juice over the onions. Serve immediately.

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