Sautéed Chard and Onions with Caraway

Caraway seeds and a touch of honey add spice and sweetness to this easy sautéed onions and chard side dish.

Sauteed Chard with Onions and Caraway
Elise Bauer

Oh, that oft-neglected spice, caraway. Of course it loves to dress up rye bread, but caraway can add sparkle to so many more things—carrots, beets, sauerkraut, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and even burgers.

Here we've used caraway in a tangle of sautéed onions and chard. This simple side dish couldn't be easier!

Sauteed Chard with Onions and Caraway
Elise Bauer

You just sauté sliced onions on high heat until browned, toss with chopped chard until wilted, and season with honey, vinegar, a peck of celery seed, and caraway. So good.

Feel free to use spinach or kale instead of chard. Spinach will cook very quickly. Kale may take longer to wilt.

Do you like caraway seeds? If so, what are your favorite recipes in which you use caraway? Please let us know in the comments.

Sautéed Chard and Onions with Caraway

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 4 to 6 servings


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large onions, sliced 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch wide slices, root to stem
  • Salt
  • 1 pound chard, center ribs removed, leaves roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sherry or red wine vinegar


  1. Sauté onions:

    Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over high heat until the oil is almost smoking. Add the onions and toss to coat with oil. Sauté for 10-12 minutes stirring often, until the onions are soft and browned on the edges. Sprinkle with salt while the onions are cooking.

    Elise Bauer
    Elise Bauer
  2. Add chard, once wilted add honey and seasonings:

    Add the chard to the onions and mix well with tongs.

    Once the chard wilts, 2 to 4 minutes, add the honey, caraway seeds, celery seeds, and black pepper. Toss well to combine and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often.

    Turn off the heat and add the vinegar right before serving.

    Elise Bauer
    Elise Bauer