Rice with Caramelized Onions (Arroz con Cebolla al Caramelo)

by Erica Dinho on May 21, 2009

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
  • 2 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 Soma May 21, 2009 at 10:29 AM

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 Erica May 21, 2009 at 4:14 PM

I am going to try this recipe with basmati rice,,,,,Sounds delicious!

Thank you!


3 rebecca subbiah May 21, 2009 at 7:05 PM

looks great will have to try it, we love rice of course married to an indian !!


4 Gera @ SweetsFoods May 21, 2009 at 7:29 PM

One of my favorite recipe I do always when I can with beef meat or with grilled chicken :)




5 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie May 21, 2009 at 9:56 PM

I haven’t tried rice with caramelized onions – sounds excellent! My daughter will really love this!


6 Andres August 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Looks good. I’ll have to give it a shot and let you know how it goes. :) Thanks for the recipe! :)


7 Dan August 19, 2013 at 7:57 AM

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.


8 Dee October 2, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Mmm this sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing!


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