No-Knead Onion Rolls


Bake time is 20 minutes for these gorgeous, no-knead rolls.

Get the recipe for No-Knead Onion Rolls, which go in the oven for just 20 minutes.
Photo: Con Poulos
Hands On Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs
16 rolls


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 3 medium onions, finely chopped

  • ¼ cup plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar

  • kosher salt

  • 2 0.25-ounce packages active dry yeast

  • 2 large eggs

  • 6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more, at room temperature, for the pan

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for shaping the dough


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, 1 teaspoon of the sugar, and ½ teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes.

  2. Place 2 cups warm tap water (105° to 115° F) in a large bowl; sprinkle with the yeast and let stand until foamy, 4 to 5 minutes. Whisk in the eggs, 4 tablespoons of the butter, the remaining ¼ cup of sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt. Add the flour and three-quarters of the onions and mix until a sticky dough forms. Brush the top of the dough with the remaining tablespoon of oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

  3. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Punch the dough down. With well-floured hands, form the dough into 16 balls and place in the prepared pan, spacing evenly. Sprinkle with the remaining quarter of the onions. Cover the pan loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 30 to 40 minutes.

  4. Heat oven to 400° F. Remove the plastic wrap and brush the dough with the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Bake until the rolls are golden, 18 to 22 minutes (tent with foil if the tops brown too quickly). Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

268 Calories
8g Fat
42g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 268
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 194mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 6g
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 2mg 11%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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