Red Onion Marmalade

Zapiekanka with red onion marmalade
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 50 mins
Total: 55 mins
Servings: 16 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
50 Calories
2g Fat
7g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 50
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 67mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 23mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This savory jam is being increasingly used by modern Polish cuisine chefs and other Eastern European culinarians.

You can replace the red wine in this recipe for red onion marmalade with cranberry or pomegranate juice. Just reduce the sugar by half. This condiment is perfect to top off grilled meats, burgers or on a crostini as an appetizer.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 medium red onions, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 cup sugar, or 1/4 cup if using juice instead of wine

  • 1/4 cup red wine or balsamic vinegar

  • 1/2 cup dry red wine, or cranberry juice or pomegranate juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium-low heat. Add onions and saute until they soften and become translucent about 10-15 minutes.

  2. Mix in sugar and cook 2 minutes or until sugar has dissolved. Carefully add vinegar and wine (or juice). Increase the heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, add salt to taste, and cook until the liquid has evaporated and onions are caramelized and completely tender, stirring frequently. This will take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. Watch the onions carefully, so they don't burn.

  3. Serve warm or cool and store covered in the refrigerator. Reheat as necessary.