Glazed Pearl Onions with Raisins and Almonds is such a great side dish. You can buy frozen pearl onions so no need to blanch and peel, and the flavor and texture combination between the raisins and the almonds is really nice. Best with grilled pork tenderloin or roast chicken or turkey.

Glazed Pearl Onions with Raisins and Almonds

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Course: Sides
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Degree of Difficulty : Easy
Servings: 4 people
Tip : Some grocery stores sell pearl onions already cleaned but still raw. If you cannot find these, then bring a couple of cups of water to a boil, dump in the pearl onions and remove from heat. Allow to stand in the hot water for a minute or two, then strain. Using a paring knife, cut the root end off of the onion and push the onion through, leaving the skin behind.


  • 2 lbs pearl onions red and white
  • 1 cup sherry
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 4 tbsp sherry or dry white wine vinegar


  • Gather all ingredients before starting recipe
  • Combine peeled pearl onions with sherry, raisins, honey, water, butter and thyme in a large skillet.
  • Bring to boil over medium high heat
  • Reduce heat to a low simmer, cover and simmer until liquid evaporates and onions begin to caramelize, stirring often. This should take about 45 minutes
  • Season with salt & pepper, remove from heat and reserve until ready to serve.

Final step

  • Reheat onions over gentle heat, stir in almonds and vinegar

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