Creamed Pearl Onions

This Creamed Pearl Onions recipe is a rich, creamy, and elegant side dish to any holiday meal – packed with pearl onions in a decadent, buttery, cream sauce.

What dish is a tradition at your Thanksgiving table?

Come the holidays, it’s so important to have quick, easy side dishes that you don’t have to think about. Because of that, I’m just about to make your Thanksgiving a whole lot easier.  🙂

The great thing about this recipe is that you can make it a day ahead for stress-free baking the day-of.

Creamed Pearl Onions | Inspiration KitchenWhat could be better than a side dish that just waits until you’re ready to heat it?  🙂

Creamed Pearl Onions | Inspiration KitchenSo to answer the question I asked, the dish that always makes an appearance at our house is stuffing.  I know.  Boring, right?  But we love stuffing, and it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without it!

However, traditions can change.  Things can be added.  Can’t they?

Like this absolutely decadent, rich and luxurious Creamed Pearl Onions recipe.  What I love is, how they ‘pop’ in your mouth when you crunch into them.  Then, they’re filled with that onion-y flavor we all love so much.

I think onions add so much depth of flavor to a dish, don’t you?

Creamed Pearl Onions | Inspiration KitchenI’m not going to lie.  This is not a dish that’s going to be friendly to your diet.

But holidays are for indulging.  And, every once in a while, it’s OK to cut loose and be a little free with the calories.  Are you with me?

I hope so because, you just might need to get out your eatin’ pants.  Remember them?

Creamed Pearl Onions | Inspiration KitchenIf you don’t remember, I’ve talked about them at least 5 times before in these posts:

  1. Candied Pecans
  2. Candied Pecan Maple Ice Cream
  3. Caramel Banana Xango
  4. French Onion Soup Burgers
  5. Chicken Marsala

So, you should totally have a pair right now.  In case of an emergency, you know?

These onions?  They are that emergency. #youneedtheminyourlife

Creamed Pearl Onions | Inspiration KitchenNow… don’t worry if your family can’t finish this rich dish all in one sitting.  You know why?  Since it was just the two of us, we had leftovers and ate it over grilled hamburgers.  It was AWEsome!  Very rich, creamy, with loads of onion flavor.  Just how we like our burgers!

Oh!  One more thing.  Don’t forget the salt, pepper and parsley!  They are a must, so you don’t want to omit them.  With this dish’s rich, onion-y, creamy flavor, it’s an excellent comforting dish that you’ll want to put in your holiday sides rotation!  Comfort food at it’s best!


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This Creamed Pearl Onions dish is a rich, creamy, decadent addition to a holiday table.
Recipe type: Sides
Serves: 6
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 (14-ounce) package, frozen pearl onions
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • ¼ cup minced fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Pour ¼ cup of water into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add frozen pearl onions. Cover and boil for 5 minutes or until pearl onions are tender (don't overcook - they will be baked again). Set aside.
  2. In a separate saucepan, melt butter on medium to medium-low heat until melted (you do not want to burn it!). Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually stir in the broth, milk and cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in the parsley, Parmesan cheese and onions. Remove from heat.
  3. Pour into an un-greased 1-qt. baking dish. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Cover and bake at 350° for 15 minutes; stir. Bake, uncovered, 10 minutes longer or until bubbly and heated through.

Recipe modified from Taste Of Home @ Creamed Pearl Onions.


  1. says

    The things that must be on the holiday table are sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, fresh cranberry sauce (for me), and either creamed spinach or green bean casserole. That’s a lot, but I make other sides too. I would love these onions — I love to cook them with roasted meat, etc. but I’ve never creamed them! Guess what…they’re pinned.
    Marcie recently posted…Port Cranberry Pear SauceMy Profile

    • says

      Thanks Marcie for the pin! And, after seeing that list, don’t be surprised if you see someone else show up this year at your holiday table. Hint, hint!

  2. says

    My eating pants never leave my side so I’m always prepared to scarf down on yummy eats like this 🙂 Looks perfect for Thanksgiving and love that you can make it ahead of time!

  3. says

    My eatin’ pants have been on for weeks! This recipe looks delicious! You have been throwin down some amazing sides recently and I’m lovin it! Love these photos! You have managed to make an all white and grey dish look nothing short of spectacular! And the tea towel is rockin too…don’t think I didn’t notice, love, because I did.
    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking recently posted…Sweet Potato Casserole Lightened UpMy Profile

    • says

      Hahaha! I love you Lindsey – I really do. Our love of tea towels knows no bounds, no? So glad you like this dish, but you definitely will need your eatin’ pants! xoxo!

  4. says

    This is such an interesting dish…I have never thought in using pearl onion creamed…more I read more I like it…indeed a great side dish!
    Thanks for the inspiration Kristi, have a wonderful week 🙂
    Juliana recently posted…Simple ChiliMy Profile

    • says

      Thanks Juliana! A friend gave me the idea, and once we tried it, we couldn’t get enough of it! It’s indulgence for sure! Have a beautiful week, my friend!

    • says

      Oh my gosh Chelsea – I cannot imagine hating onions! They are one of my favorite things. They’re like my cooking’s little black dress! 😉 Thank you for the pin shugs!

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