Onion-Clove Compote

Wylie Dufresne slow-cooks onions with cloves to produce a sweet and fragrant condiment that’s great with grilled steak, chicken or pork. Slideshow: Cooking with Onions 

Onion-Clove Compote
Photo: © Chris Court
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
2 cups


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 3 yellow onions (2 pounds), thinly sliced crosswise

  • 5 whole cloves

  • Kosher salt


  1. In a large, shallow pot, melt the butter. Add the onion slices and cloves and season with salt. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until the onions are very soft but not browned, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Add water by the tablespoon if the onions get too dry before they’re soft. Discard the cloves.

Make Ahead

The compote can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Related Articles