Creamed Pearl Onions Recipe

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Note: Frozen pearl onions can be used in place of fresh. To use frozen onions, cook direct from frozen, skipping step 1.

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Active: 10 mins
Total: 30 mins
Serves: 6 servings

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  • 2 pounds pearl onions (see note)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley leaves


  1. Using a paring knife, trim off the ends of each onion and score a light "X" into one cut side. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add onions and cook until outer layers are soft, about 1 1/2 minutes. Drain onions and run under cool water until cold enough to handle. Peel onions with your fingers and discard peels.

  2. Place onions in a medium saucepan and add heavy cream, stock, and bay leaf. Heat over medium-high heat until simmering, then lower heat to maintain a very gently simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cream has reduced to a rich sauce, about 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper, discard bay leaf, stir in parsley, and serve. If sauce breaks and turns greasy, stir in 2 tablespoons of water and shake pan vigorously over high heat until it comes back together.

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