Garden grown onion marmalade

The Glen House garden is full of these beautiful little shallots; several months ago we planted some vegatable bulbs and tiny stater plants (take a look at this post) and now we are starting to enjoy the produce.


Having just finished a shop bought jar of onion marmalade it was pretty clear what we had to try and make next….

Onion Marmalade

Loads of little onions (or 4 large ones)
3 Cloves of garlic
65 g Muscovado sugar
175 ml Balsamic vinegar
¼ Nutmeg powder
1 Clove crushed
1 tspn Chilli powder
1 tspn Paprika
Salt and pepper


Peel and thinly slice the onions and garlic. Add a large knob of butter to your pan on a medium-low heat. Do not allow the butter to darken; when it starts to bubble, add the onions and stir.

Allow the onions to cook for 15-20 minute on a medium-low heat until they become translucent. Add the chopped garlic and stir. Cook gently for a further 3 minutes. Do not allow your pan to get too hot at this stage as the onions will become crispy and the garlic will burn, giving your marmalade a bitter taste.


After three minutes, add the muscovado sugar to the pan and stir in thoroughly, coating all of the onions with sugar. As the sugar melts, the mixture should turn brown and become sticky.

With the onions evenly coated, you can add the balsamic vinegar. Increase the pan to a high heat just before pouring in the vinegar, and stir your onions as you add the liquid. When your balsamic begins to bubble, reduce to a medium-low heat.


With your balsamic simmering, stir in the chilli, paprika, nutmeg, crushed clove, and salt and pepper to taste. As the mixture begins to reduce, you can balance the flavours by adding more sugar or vinegar to the pan. You are looking for a perfect balance between a tangy initial flavour, and a sweet, spicy after-taste.

Gently cook away all of the residual liquid until you are left with a thick and sticky jam. Place your cooked marmalade into a clean air-tight jam jar and seal. Allow the jar to cool to room temperature before storing the onion marmalade in your fridge. It can keep for several months and is delicious served hot or cold.


The marmalade is delicious with cold meats, cheese and bar-be-qued hamburgers!


We also pickled some shallots in a vinegar solution…. They should be ready to munch on soon too.


As always, I’m popping over to Angie’s place for Fiesta Friday, so I’ll bring a jar of each.

Happy Friday!


Melissa xx

55 thoughts on “Garden grown onion marmalade

  1. What a great use of your homegrown produce – always lovely to see what is going on in your garden! The onion marmalade would be wonderful with a bit of strong cheddar…delicious post!


  2. Oh wow! I love onion marmalade. Thank you for sharing. Perfect for the upcoming Autumn evenings with a piece of cheese on toast. Those home grown onions look amazing. I’m enjoying picking my home grown runner beans at the moment. They are lovely too. Emma.


  3. Oh my goodness, I now want a hamburger with onion marmalade! This is new to me, but I love caramelized onions on food, like burgers and pizza, so I think this is right up my alley! Happy Friday, Melissa!


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  5. Happy Happy Fiesta Friday Melissa love! Oh wow… you brought such a great treat to the table this weekend! I’m loving this marmalade. You know what I’d like to do with it right now? I’d like to be sitting out on my porch with a glass of wine.. a cheese platter, and some crostini. I’d like to throw a piece of cheese on a crostini…maybe with a piece of salami, and then slather it with that gorgeous marmalade. Yep. I think I know what I’m making today…and what I’ll be doing tonight! Thank you so much for sharing… Awesome awesome recipe! ❤


  6. hmm hmmm delicious, hi melissa, I know I have already told you you live in my dream house, well I am telling you again, and now you are making dream marmalades from garden onions, oh I am just a bit jealous and filled with admiration! Thanks for inspiring me and thanks for posting on marmalades and THANKS most of all for popping by and liking my nonna in laws crostata recipe. Happy “jamming” Poli


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  8. This sounds delicious. My husband loves carmalized onions with meat dishes. I wondere though when you said seal the jar did you mean in a hot water bath? How long should it boil or did you mean just shut the jar and put it in the fridgerator. I just want to be sure to make this correctly. That was the only part that was unclear for me. I showed this recipe to my hubby and he can’t want for me to make it so we can try it.
    thanks for a delicious recipe.


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