Since I'm a "novice" (to say the least) at cooking, I was wondering what methods you use to fry onions. I like to fry them until they're very soft.....which seems to take forever. I figured maybe I was doing something wrong. I usually fry them with vegan margarine (Hain brand or Earth Balance) or extra virgin olive oil. The other day when I was frying some to make with pierogies, they burned before they got soft (with the Hain margarine). I've heard that extra virgin olive oil isn't good to cook with because it has a low smoking point. So...my question is: how can I cook them quicker (unless they just naturally take a long time to get soft?), and not burn them before they're done?