Diva Tasting: Grilled Green Onions…

Cebollitas Asadas (Grilled Green Onions)

Once when vacationing in Mexico I ordered a chicken dish that came in a lovely lava bowl with fabulous green onions cascading over the side. I’ve yet to be able to duplicate them. This recipe we borrowed seems to come closest. They are so good with everything.

These Cebollitas Asadas (Grilled Green Onions) are soft, fragrant, sweet, and caramelized with a salty, buttery, and tangy flavor that is absolutely to die for. They are a Latin staple when it comes to grilling! Try this simple recipe and find your new favorite cookout side.

With summer in full swing you simply have to make cebollitas asadas. When grilled, these green spring onions take on a flavor that compliments any grilled dish, especially carne asada, tampiqueña steak, or fajitas.

With just five ingredients, they’re foolproof. They also take about 12 minutes on the grill to get that lovely, soft texture, meaning they are a great pair for cooking with chicken, steak, or pork. Everything cooks in the same time!

Once they are made, add them whole to tacos or burritos, or serve them as a side for a perfectly cooked piece of fish, chicken, or steak. They also hold up well, making them a great simple side to bring to your next summer potluck.


Preheat grill. Place onions on a large sheet of foil with butter and drizzle of soy sauce (or Maggi) and fresh lime juice. Seal onions securely in the foil. To do this, lay the onions in the middle of the foil sheet, and fold in each side of the foil. Do the same with the remaining two sides. Wrap the foil around the onions like a present.

Grill onions or scallions on a rack set 5 to 6 inches over the grill, 10 to 12 minutes.

Remove from foil and place directly on the grill (across the rungs) and grill on medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes on each side until softened and lightly charred.

TIP: No grill? This recipe can also be made in the broiler about 3 inches from heat for 10 to 12 minutes. After the initial cook time, open the foil and continue to broil for 1 to 2 minutes more until your desired level of char is achieved.

Transfer onions or scallions to a platter and sprinkle with salt and garnish with more lime juice, if desired.


What kind of onions do I need to buy to make cebollitas asadas?

I prefer to use hearty spring onions that can be purchased at a farmers market or from a Latin grocery store. They are much bigger and more flavorful, but are not easily accessible at all stores. If you can’t find them, regular scallions work just as well.
More of a visual learner? Check out this informative post on the differences between spring onions and green onions.



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