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Authentic Middle Eastern Stuffed Onions

5 from 5 votes
Roni Cohen – @ronis_recipes
Middle Eastern stuffed onions are a cherished and time-honored savory delight, adored for their aromatic essence and composed of tender onions filled with a delectable blend of spiced rice, fragrant herbs, resulting in a harmonious amalgamation of regional textures and flavors.
Prep Time :15 minutes
Cook Time :1 hour
Total Time :1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4





  • Fill ½ of a medium size pot with water and bring to a boil.
  • Prepare the onions as shown in the video, then add them to the pot, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Mix all the filling ingredients in a medium size bowl.
  • When the onions are done cooking, separate their layers apart. Open each layer, add filling and close by rolling it inwards.
  • Arrange the stuffed onions in a pot, add the oil, allspice and salt. Mix the rest of the sauce ingredients and pour over the onions.
  • Bring to a boil, lower the heat to medium-low, cover the pot and cook for about 30 minutes.


Stuffed Onions recipe
Credit: Roni Cohen

What onions are best for stuffing?

Large Yellow or Sweet Onions: These onions are often preferred for stuffing due to their size and mild flavor. They have a sturdy structure that holds up well during the cooking process.

Vidalia Onions: Vidalia onions, known for their sweetness, are a popular choice for stuffing. They have a milder taste compared to regular yellow onions and offer a pleasant flavor to the dish.

Spanish Onions: Spanish onions are larger in size and have a slightly sweeter taste. They work well for stuffing, especially if you prefer a more pronounced onion flavor in the final dish.

Red Onions: While not as commonly used for stuffing as yellow onions, red onions can still be used if you enjoy their vibrant color and slightly milder flavor. They can add an interesting twist to your stuffed onion dish.

Can I make stuffed onions ahead of time?

You can prepare the onions ahead of time by assembling them and storing them in the refrigerator. Adjust the cooking time accordingly if they are chilled before cooking.

Are there vegetarian or vegan options?

Absolutely, this one is. Stuffed onions can be made vegetarian or vegan by using plant-based fillings like grains, legumes, vegetables, or vegan meat substitutes.

Can these Middle Eastern stuffed onions be frozen?

Yes, stuffed onions can be frozen. It’s best to freeze them before cooking in a freezer-safe container or wrap them tightly. When thawing them, adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Health Benefits of onions

Nutrient-rich: Onions are low in calories but rich in essential nutrients. They contain vitamins C, B6, and folate, as well as minerals like potassium and manganese.

Antioxidant properties: Onions are a good source of antioxidants, such as flavonoids and sulfur compounds. These antioxidants help combat free radicals in the body, potentially reducing the risk of chronic diseases.

Anti-inflammatory effects: Some compounds in onions, such as quercetin, have anti-inflammatory properties. Consuming onions may help reduce inflammation in the body, which is linked to various health conditions.

Stuffed Onions recipe
Credit: Roni Cohen

Digestive health: Onions contain dietary fiber, which aids in digestion and helps promote regular bowel movements. Fiber also contributes to a healthy gut microbiome.

Immune support: The vitamin C content in onions can support immune function. Additionally, onions possess antimicrobial properties that may help fight against certain bacteria and viruses.

Stuffed Onions recipe
Credit: Roni Cohen

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