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Roasted Green Onions (Roasted Scallions)

by Adina 23/04/2020 27 comments

roasted green onions on a platter with polenta and cheese
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Last Updated on 01/05/2020 by Adina


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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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.


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[email protected]'s Recipes 02/03/2016 - 15:54

O yes, green onions…my favourite too. Just got a few of bunches from ALDI too. This looks really tasty and flavourful!

Adina 03/03/2016 - 08:15

Thank you, Angie. I always have a bunch of green onion in the fridge, can’t do without them.

Meghan | Fox and Briar 02/03/2016 - 21:03

I have never roasted green onions but it looks and sounds incredible! Love the addition of goat cheese too – everything is better with goat cheese! 🙂

Adina 03/03/2016 - 08:13

You’re right! Goat cheese is always a winner. 🙂

Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary 03/03/2016 - 14:56

OMG, I LOVE roasted green onions – SO GOOD! And I happen to adore polenta, so this side dish is looking all sorts of perfect to me! Plus you added goat cheese, so I definitely want to hug you. 😉 Cheers, girl!

Adina 05/03/2016 - 14:38

Thank you, Cheyanne. 🙂

Balvinder 03/03/2016 - 16:25

I think soft polenta makes for an ultimate bowl of comfort food. I often make it but cut them in different shapes after cooling.

Adina 05/03/2016 - 14:37

I do that sometimes too and then grill or fry them.

Denise [email protected] Brazil To You 03/03/2016 - 19:44

Adina, my dear, what a view! I am a huge fan of creamy polenta — I could eat it by itself with a big smile on my face.

Adina 05/03/2016 - 14:35

Same here, Denise!

Jess @ Sweetest Menu 03/03/2016 - 21:43

Wow yum, what a gorgeous dish! Looks like it popped straight out of a restaurant!!

Adina 05/03/2016 - 14:34

Thank you, Jess, that is so nice of you to say. 🙂

Thao @ In Good Flavor 04/03/2016 - 03:35

I love this side dish, Adina! The roasted green onions and polenta is a great combination. I’ve got to try this!!

Adina 05/03/2016 - 14:34

Thank you and I hope you like it, Thao.

Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop 04/03/2016 - 05:37

I love polenta. I think it’s a perfect comfort food. I like to grill my green onions when I’m BBQing something. This is something I need to try.

Adina 05/03/2016 - 14:33

Definitely grilling them this summer.

Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen 04/03/2016 - 10:00

Roasting green onions sounds like a fantastic idea, Adina. And they sure must have tasted heavenly with the creamy polenta. Can’t wait to try!

Adina 05/03/2016 - 14:32

I hope you do, Anu!

Kate @ Framed Cooks 04/03/2016 - 13:45

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. 🙂

Adina 05/03/2016 - 14:31

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.

Monica 04/03/2016 - 17:31

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! : )

Adina 05/03/2016 - 14:29

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

Lisa | Chocolate Meets Strawberry 05/03/2016 - 11:15

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! 🙂

Adina 05/03/2016 - 14:29

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

Brie 09/03/2016 - 15:37

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 🙂

Rosa | For the Love of Italian Cooking 01/08/2017 - 07:03

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?

Adina 01/08/2017 - 09:59

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. 🙂


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