The general rule is onions first. Sauté the garlic towards the end for 30-ish seconds before removing from the heat. As ElendilTheTall correctly pointed out, garlic can scorch quickly, especially if you tend to sauté on the hot side (as I do).
What should be put first onion or garlic?
Garlic cooks (and burns) quickly. As in very quickly. On the other hand, the onions need more time to cook, sweat, and become translucent. This vast difference in cooking times is why we suggest you add and cook the onions first before adding the garlic.
Why do you cook onions first?
When you prepare the onions first you bring out the sugars of the onion by carefully caramelizing it. The same with the garlic, but it needs less heat (and therefore is added after the onions) If you put it in with the other vegetables the onion will be cooked. It will still be sweet, but not caramelized.
How long does onion and garlic take to cook?
Add the salt pepper and garlic and butter and cook over medium-low heat for 5-8 minutes stirring gently until the flavors have absorbed and the onions are golden.
Why do we cook with onions and garlic?
Smaller bits of onion and garlic will melt into a dish, becoming a subtle presence that gently infuses the whole dish, while large slices will have a more dominant presence. Also, the longer you cook onions and garlic, the more their flavor goes from sharp and biting to sweet and unctuous.
Do garlic and onion go together?
Garlic and onions absolutely go together, they are the foundation of flavor in many cuisines.
How long should you fry garlic?
Garlic usually does best if it’s cooked quickly and over medium heat. About thirty seconds will do the trick. This is just enough time to cook off the rawness, allow the flavor to mellow into the dish, and let the aroma to hit its peak. You’ll know it’s done when you can smell the garlic and your mouth starts watering!
Should you cook onions or chicken first?
Go ahead and start the onions or veggies before the meat. If you are making a chicken stir fry then start cooking the veggies first. You want the oil you are going to fry with to pick up the vegetable flavors. With soups you should add any vegetables in first.
How long should I cook onions?
If you want to sauté onions without oil, be sure to use a nonstick pan, and add a small amount of water or vegetable broth to help keep onions from sticking. Add chopped or sliced onions and cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon or heatproof spatula.