Sumac onions are a very common flavor combination in the Middle East.
From dishes like Musakhan to sandwiches, it is definitely a theme.
It feels to me that sumac and onion were just made to go together.
Their flavors fit beautifully as they balance each other out.
Sumac has a tangy lemon flavor, that is a good substitute for lemon, but compatible to it too.
Sumac is native to the Mediterranean and used widely in that part of the world.
What are Sumac Onions?
They are sumac marinated onions tossed in lemon juice and herbs, and either used in salad raw, or added to cooking.
Usually cut into half moon shapes so that the individual pieces of the onion come apart.
Full of antioxidants, this dish is also a great anti-inflammatory and very good for you too.
If your onions are too strong for your tastes, you can soak them in water to remove the strong flavor.
Change the water a few times depending on how mild you want the flavor to be.
What Can I Use Sumac Onions With?
Thinly sliced raw onion salad with red onions and sumac are often used in kebab wraps, along with hot sauce.
The onions in this recipe are a cooked variety that are used widely from kebabs to rice dishes.
Add olive oil to the cooked onions and eat with pita bread.
Very delicious indeed.
How to Make Sumac Onions
Slice onions in half moon shapes and separate the layers from each other so they are loose pieces of onion strips.
Place onions in a large bowl, and soak onions in hot water for 30 minutes, this step is optional.
Drain and place onions on paper towels to dry.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Add onions and cook until they begin to soften.
Add spices, salt and sumac, stir to combine, and cook until onions fully soften.
You can cover the pan to allow the steam to help cook the onions.
For additional sumac flavor sprinkle additional sumac over the cooked onions once done.
Tips for Making
- Cut onions so that they are loose individual pieces, they will cook better that way.
- Use freshly ground sumac whenever you can.
- Use white onions for cooking.