Rice with Caramelized Onions (Arroz con Cebolla al Caramelo)

Arroz con Cebolla

Rice or Arroz is cooked all over Colombia and in many different ways. If you follow this blog you may have noticed the many variations of rice recipes. This  Arroz con Cebolla al Caramelo dish is delicious and the caramelized onions add a little sweetness. It is the perfect accompaniment for grilled meats, fish or poultry.

receta de arroz con Cebolla-My Colombian Recipes



(4 Servings)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic, thinly slice
  • 2 cups long grain white rice
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Arroz con Cebolla Caramelizada

Rice with Caramelized Onions Recipe


  1. In a medium pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, sugar and garlic and cook about 5 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. Add the rice, stir with a wooden spoon to coat well, and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add the broth and salt bring to a boil, stir and decrease the heat to low.
  4. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes or until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender.
  5. Remove from the heat and let rest for 5 minutes.
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  1. says

    Same in my home.. tons to way to cook rice. This is like the Simple Pulao (pilaf) we make in India.. except we use the fragrant basmati rice.. the more i read your recipes the more i get amazed at the similarity it bears with indian food.

  2. Dan says

    Delighted to find your site recently. I have bookmarked several recipes to try. This one looks great, but the ratio of broth to rice looks dry.

  3. Jackie says

    Just wondering whether the stock amount is correct? 2 cups of liquid for 2 cups of rice seems too small an amount. I’ve been making the recipe but I add an extra 2 cups of stock and it works out well this way.

    • Erica Dinho says

      2 cups of rice and 3 cups of stock, but you can use 2 cups of rice and 4 of stock. The texture is different.

  4. Jackie says

    Oh wow I though I read 2 cups not 3! Apologies. Yes, I prefer it with 4 but 3 does seem correct. Gotta check my prescription glasses lol! Thanks for the reply.


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