Onion, orange & coriander confit

Onion, orange & coriander confit

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 1 hr, 15 mins


Makes about 1kg
Transform an abundant batch of onions into this more-ish preserve to serve with cheese or cold meats, or stir into casseroles and sauces

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled

Nutrition: per tbsp

  • kcal23
  • fat1g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs3g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 1kg onion



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 large orange



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 50g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 tbsp coriander seed, coarsely crushed
    Coriander seeds

    Coriander seed

    kor-ee-and-er seed

    The small, creamy brown seeds of the coriander plant give dishes a warm, aromatic and slightly…

  • 1 tsp black peppercorn, coarsely crushed
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 140g light muscovado sugar
  • 150ml red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

    bal-sam-ick vin-ee-gah

    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…


  1. Thinly slice the onions (use the slicing blade of the food processor if you have one). Thinly slice the oranges, then cut each slice into quarters.

  2. Heat the oil and butter in a pan. Add the coriander seeds and peppercorns and fry until they start to smell fragrant. Add the onions and gently fry, stirring, until they start to colour, about 10 mins. Add the oranges and salt, cover then gently cook for 30 mins.

  3. Add the sugar and vinegars and gently cook, uncovered, for a further 30 mins, stirring from time to time, until the confit is thick. Meanwhile, sterilise your jars then wash them in hot soapy water and rinse well. Boil the lids, which must be vinegar-proof, for 5 mins and leave to dry. Place the jars upright in a roasting tin and put in the oven at 160C/140C fan/gas 3 for 15 mins.

  4. Remove the jars and set on a board. Fill with the onion confit and screw on the lids. Label and store in a cool, dry place for 2 weeks to allow the flavours to develop. Will keep for up to six months.

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