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How To Make Easy Pearl Onions In Cream Sauce

Spoon full of Easy Pearl Onions In Cream Sauce

I have been wanting to do this post for How To Make Easy Pearl Onions In Cream Sauce for awhile now. I’m so excited for you to try this incredibly simple, but flavorful side dish. Perfect for the holidays … or any day! Let me show you how to make it!

Spoon full of Easy Pearl Onions In Cream Sauce

While you could certainly use fresh pearl onions, blanching them first to remove the skins…frozen is soooo much easier and more readily available.

I heat them for a few minutes in a saute pan over medium heat just to get the process started.

Frozen Pearl Onions in a Black Non Stick Pan

To the pan, add coconut milk (from a can that you have vigorously shaken first). The cans tend to separate liquids from solids.

Adding coconut milk to Pearl Onions

Add one whole garlic clove, seasonings and chopped fresh parsley.

Adding seasonings to the pearl onions

Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally and taking care not to let that milk boil over!

Pan full of pearl onions and cream

Remove the cover and bring to a boil. Add vegetable broth as it becomes thicker continually, but slowly, until the onions are fork tender. Just before serving, reduce it down to the creaminess level you prefer.

Bringing pearl onions and cream to a boil

Serve warm and garnish the dish with a sprig of fresh parsley.

Close up of pearl onions

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How To Make Easy Pearl Onions In Cream Sauce

How To Make Easy Pearl Onions In Cream Sauce
Course Side Dish
Cuisine vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 185 kcal
Author aimee


  • 14.5 oz. Bag of Frozen Pearl Onions
  • 1 c Canned Coconut Milk
  • 1 tbsp Parsley chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic peeled, but left whole
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 3/4 c Vegetable Broth more or less as needed to thin until the onions are fully cooked
  • Bay Leaf optional
  • Arrowroot Powder or Cornstarch optional, to thicken even further


  1. In a skillet over medium heat, add one bag (usually 14-16 oz.) of frozen pearl onions. Cook just until they are defrosted.

  2. Shake a can of coconut milk and add about 1 cup (give or take) to the onions.

  3. Add a whole garlic clove (we'll remove it later), the parsley and seasonings. Bay leaf is a nice optional add-in if you have it handy. 

  4. Reduce heat. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes until the onions begin to soften.

  5. Uncover and bring to a boil. Add as much (or as little) of the broth as it takes to keep the milk mixture loose enough to continue boiling the onions. We want fork-tender.

  6. Just before serving, boil until the milk mixture thickens.

  7. Serve with a garnish of fresh parsley.

Recipe Notes

If you want an even thicker sauce, you can mix 1-1/2 tsp of arrowroot powder (or cornstarch) along with 1 tbl of broth in a small bowl. Then add to the skillet. It should thicken fairly quickly.

Nutrition Facts
How To Make Easy Pearl Onions In Cream Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 185 Calories from Fat 131
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.6g 22%
Saturated Fat 12.8g 64%
Sodium 456mg 19%
Potassium 457mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 11.4g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2.1g 8%
Sugars 5.9g
Protein 2.4g 5%
Calcium 1%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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