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Smoky Balsamic Onion Jam

Smoky Balsamic Onion Jam [meat-free]

This Smoky Balsamic Onion Jam is easy to whip up and brings so much flavor to any dish or appetizer! Try it on burgers, crackers, or even sandwiches.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 136 kcal


  • Large frying pan
  • Jar for storage


  • 1 large sweet onion sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • A few dashes liquid smoke
  • A few dashes worcestershire sauce vegan if need be


  • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil or butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add your sliced onions and a pinch of salt, bring the heat down to medium-low and saute for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. When they are just about done, add in minced garlic and stir until fragrant.
  • Once onions are looking golden brown, add in balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, coconut or brown sugar, liquid smoke, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir all of this together until the sugar is dissolved. 
  • Turn the heat to high to come to a boil and then turn to medium and simmer until it begins to thicken, about 10-15 minutes. Be sure to taste throughout the cooking process and adjust to your liking. This can be as sweet, tangy, or smoky as you prefer!
  • Once cooled, I store this in a sealed jar in my fridge for about a week. Don't worry if the butter or oil starts to congeal in the fridge. Just take it out and let it come to room temperature before serving. 


Serving Ideas
This is perfect for burgers and sandwiches (grilled cheese!)
For a quick appetizer, put some cream or goat cheese on a crostini or cracker and top.
Keyword caramelized, dressing, make-ahead, meat-free, onion, smoky, topping, vegetarian