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Roasted Green Onions (Roasted Scallions)

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Incredibly flavorsome roasted green onions or roasted scallions on a bed of creamy polenta with cheese and a drizzle of cream on top!


Baked Green Onions or Spring Onions

Roasted green onions – where have you been all my life?


green onions on polenta with cheese


I absolutely love scallions or green onions, I have been eating them all my life and my favorite way of eating them is actually raw, dipped in a little bit of salt before each bite, with a slice of bread smeared with cheese and some tomatoes.

Roasting green onions never occurred to me before, but sometime this winter I stumbled upon a few recipes on Pinterest all starring roasted scallions, green or spring onions. I was intrigued and decided to try something similar right away. It was amazing!!!! I

I had actually baked enough onions to feed me and my husband, but I ended up eating them all by myself for lunch and had to cook something else for him in the evening (or he just had some bread and cheese, I don’t remember… 🙂 ).

Since then I’ve roasted scallions several times again, not only as a main dish with polenta but also as a side dish for chicken. They are just so good!!!


Roasted Green Onions on Creamy Polenta


Differences between green onions, scallions and spring onions

  • Green onions and scallions are the same thing, the long and slender onions, which are harvested when very young, before having the chance of forming the bulb.
  • They are less intensive in taste than the spring onions, so the best way to eat them is raw or very slightly cooked.
  • The spring onions are harvested later, so they have a rather plump bulb at the base. They are normally planted in autumn and harvested in spring, that is why they are called spring onions.
  • Another reason people might confuse these different sorts of onions is the fact that the green onions/scallions are actually called spring onions in the UK and Canada.
  • So the best way of telling them apart is the bulb: thick bulb – spring onions. No bulb – green onions/ scallions.
  • I use them mostly interchangeably, I buy, cook, and eat what I find.
  • Still, if you don’t like a too strong onion taste, then use green onions/ scallions when you plan to leave the onions raw, the spring onions have a stronger taste.
  • I used green onions or scallions in this recipe, but you can definitely replace them with spring onions.


Roasted Green Onions on Creamy Polenta



  • When making basic polenta I normally only use water and less than in this case.
  • I chose to use some milk and more liquid because I wanted a creamier polenta.
  • You can, of course, make the polenta according to your taste, and please read the packet’s instructions, the liquid amount you need and the time of cooking can vary.
  • If you use only use water and leave out the cheese, this dish will be vegan.

How to serve?

  • Serve the baked green onions or scallions on polenta, as suggested.
  • However, that is not the only way to serve them.
  • Have them as a side dish for chicken or fish dishes.
  • They would also make a great side dish for meatballs or pork tenderloin.
  • And for a change, you could also try these amazing roasted leeks.


More green onion recipes?

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Camembert – Velvety, baked sweet potatoes topped with Camembert and green onions.

Easy Quiche with Cheese and Green Onions – Perfect for brunch, a picnic or another casual gathering with friends.

Beef, Rice Noodle Bowl – A simple and very aromatic rice noodle bowl with beef, soy sauce, green onions and sesame seeds, really quick and delightful.

Spaghetti with Green Onions – Comforting spaghetti with a creamy yet skinny sauce full of veggies.

Sticky Roasted Chicken Legs – Sweet and sticky chicken legs glazed with mango chutney and roasted with potatoes and green onions.


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baked green onions or scallions as a side dish



roasted green onions on a platter with polenta and cheese

Roasted Green Onions (Roasted Scallions)

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Incredibly flavorsome roasted green onions or roasted scallions, which can be served as a side dish or on a bed of creamy polenta with cheese.


  • Green onions (See note):
  • 2 bunches green onions (scallions or spring onions)
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • Polenta, optional:
  • 150 g/ 5.3 oz/ 1 cup polenta
  • 400 ml/ 13.5 fl.oz/ 1 ¾ cups milk
  • 500 ml/ 17 fl.oz/ 2 ¼ cups water
  • fine sea salt to taste
  • 100 g/ 3.5 oz feta cheese (sheep or cow)
  • a few tablespoons of single cream to drizzle on top


Roasted green onions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 210 degrees Celsius/ 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Top and tail the green onions, leaving the trimmed green tops on. Wash them and pat them dry. Slice the onions lengthwise in half.
  2. Whisk together both kinds of paprika and olive oil. Massage the onions with the mixture and place them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Sprinkle with coarse salt and roast for 15 minutes, flipping halfway through.


  1. Heat the milk and the water in a large pot. Add salt to taste, about 1 teaspoon. Just before the liquid starts to boil, add the polenta slowly while stirring all the time.
  2. Cook the polenta according to the packet's instructions, mine takes about 40 minutes but the cooking times can differ a lot.
  3. Pour the polenta on a platter, arrange the onions on top, sprinkle with cheese, and drizzle with a little bit of cream, if desired.


The roasted green onions can be served as a side dish for many mains. The polenta is optional, but such a great combination.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1/2 of the dish
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 444Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 2921mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 17g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

Rosa | For the Love of Italian Cooking

Tuesday 1st of August 2017

This sounds delicious!! I love the flavours! I haven't made polenta in a long time (my kids didn't like it when I made it years ago, when they were younger), but I should give it another go. This sounds like a great recipe. :-) Do you your kids like polenta?


Tuesday 1st of August 2017

My kids love polenta, especially my son, he wishes me to cook it at least once a month, their favorite way to eat it is with cheese (feta or gouda) and yogurt. The roasted green onions are more something for the mama. :)


Wednesday 9th of March 2016

I am just loving your series Adina! Green onions are my favorite. I can't wait to try this gorgeous creamy cheesy dish although I might have trouble sharring those roasted green onions too :)

Lisa | Chocolate Meets Strawberry

Saturday 5th of March 2016

Adina this looks so delicious and comforting! The perfect kind of dish to sit down to after a long day when it's cold outside. I think it's lovely that you've given the dish your own Romanian touch to remind you of home! :)


Saturday 5th of March 2016

Thank you, Lisa. Polenta and scallions are really so "home" for me.


Friday 4th of March 2016

I also enjoy green onions and mostly use it in stir-fries or as a garnish but in the summer, I sometimes have my husband throw it on the grill to char and put into our salads. It gets so nice and sweet. I love how this looks on top of that creamy polenta. I want to dig in! : )


Saturday 5th of March 2016

I will have to grill them as well in summer, never thought of it before.

Kate @ Framed Cooks

Friday 4th of March 2016

I can't believe this perfect combo never occurred to me, so thank goodness it occurred to YOU! Have you ever tried Anson Mills polenta? It's the best. :)


Saturday 5th of March 2016

I don't know Anson Mills polenta, we don't have it here. I buy my polenta mostly in the Turkish store, it takes 40 minutes to cook but it's worth it.

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