Crispy Fried Onions

Crisp, Tender, Sweet .....YUMMMMM

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In this recipe you will find a lovely way to make homemade fried onions. .

  • These can be used as a topping for salad and soup.
  • A nicely grilled steak would be happy, happy topped with a few of these as well.

These are not onion rings.

Onion rings generally have a thick batter and are generally a thick cut onion slice.

These are:

  • thin cut onion
  • dipped in milk
  • dusted with seasoned flour.
  • The result is a crisp onion dish that will add a little zip to almost any dish.

It doesn't matter how precisely the onion is cut as long as the person chewing it is happy.

— Padma Lakshimi

The onion's origin goes way back

Onions are believed to have been first grown in Pakistan and Iran as long ago as 5000 years ago. It has been difficult to find evidence of them because of the nature of the onion itself---it left little evidence of its existence.

Anthropologists reported that onions were found in Egyptian tombs over three thousand years ago. King Ramses IV reportedly had onions in his eye sockets which is probably because it had a spiritual connection to the lives of those living at that time. There are also paintings on the walls of the pyramids of onions.

Vidalia onions---a personal favorite

One of my favorite onions is the Vidalia. When I lived in Georgia, I bought them often. My favorite sandwich at the time was a Vidalia onion sandwich. I still bring home Vidalia's as often as I find them as I just enjoy the texture and flavor of this sweet onion.

Vidalia onions;

  • known as Georgia's state vegetable.
  • first grown over 60 years ago in Toombs County, Georgia. Moses Coleman grew them and much to his surprise they turned out to be sweet rather than hot.
  • Several versions of how the name Vidalia came to be. Some reports are that tourists gave them the name after buy them at the Vidalia Farmer's Market.
  • The water and sugar content in Vidalias is greater than in other onions.

Packed with nutrients and health-promoting phytochemicals

  • High in vitamin C, onions are a good source of
  • dietary fiber
  • folic acid
  • calcium
  • iron
  • low in sodium
  • contain no fat

Instructions for gluten free fried onions

  • Mix flour and seasonings in a shallow bowl.
  • Slice onions as if you were making onion rings very thinly. If they are very long, cut in half..
  • Preheat oil to medium high.
  • Dip in skim milk and then scatter in seasoned flour.
  • Shake off excess flour, scatter a handful in hot oil, and cook till crisp.
  • Remove to paper towels to drain excess oil.

Gluten free fried onions

I have included this recipe also for those who would like to use a gluten free recipe. I found it at http://glutenfreemommy.com/how-to-make-french-fried-onions/ I slightly revised it.

  • Select 2 or 3 large Vidalia or other sweet onions
  • skim milk to dip onion strips in before dredging in seasoned flour
  • sea salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • gluten free flour
  • canola oil

An onion ring recipe you may wish to try

Thinly slice onion, white, Vidalia, or just sweet will do

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Gathering Ingredients

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Onions in milk bath and then dusted with flour

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 8-10 servings at 1 ounce per bowl of soup

Ready to Drop in Hot Oil

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Ingredients for fried onons

  • 1 Vidalia or other sweet onion
  • 1 cup unbleached, unbromated flour
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1-2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, can use cayenne if desired
  • 2 cups canola oil

Sizzling in Canola Oil

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Instructions for fried onions

  1. Rinse, peel, and slice onion. Slice into thin rings---very large rings, cut in half.
  2. Mix flour and seasonings together.
  3. Using a wire mesh wooden handled spoon dip onion slices in milk, shake off excess milk, and place in shallow bowl of seasoned flour or you can place in a baggie and shake. The bowl seems to work best as you can use tongs to remove them easily.
  4. Scatter in hot oil using tongs or your hand--be careful of the hot oil.
  5. Allow to cook till golden brown.
  6. Remove to paper towels to drain. Repeat till all onions are cooked.
  7. Instructions for soup
  8. Heat broth to medium high heat. Add thinly sliced onion from green onions.
  9. Add cooled fried onions. Reduce heat and allow to marry for about 10 minutes or longer.
  10. Top with thinly sliced mushroom and green onion.
  11. Serve immediatley.

Fried Onions All Ready to Top Salad or Soup

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Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 ounce
Calories 45
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Carbohydrates 4 g1%
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 1 g2%
Sodium 1 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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pstraubie48 19 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi AuFait

as I mentioned to Suzanne I have no internet right now as I am moving to my daughter's so she could move closer to her doctor's. So I am at the library...that is why the delay in responding.

THe thing I like best about this recipe besides the obvious crispy delightful taste is that it really is not totally unhealthy. It is a treat you can enjoy every once in a while and not feel too guilty.

Thanks for visiting Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps


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pstraubie48 19 months ago from sunny Florida Author

They are a great little topping for a burger IF you can wait till the burger is done!!! Hoping you have a chance to give this recipe a try. Thanks for stopping by...sorry for the delay in responding...I moved and my internet is not on at home yet...tomorrow night!!! I am at the library.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon. ps


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Au fait 19 months ago from North Texas

I love onion rings! How did I miss this recipe? Thought I'd seen most of your hubs. These look so yummy! Perfect!!

Voted up and BAUI, pinned to my 'Appetizers, Snacks, and Sandwiches,' board, gave you 5 stars, and will share with followers.


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Suzanne Day 19 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Yum! Never seen these before but now that I have, I will have to make them! I love easy recipes and these look like a great snack as well as a meal topper. Pinned, shared on FB and voted awesome!


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O Mary I am so glad you did find these. They are light and crisp and are yummmmmmy.

And if that is not reason enough to make them, they are

E A S Y to prepare.

Hope you enjoy them.

Thanks for stopping by,

And thanks for the Angels you sent ...more on the way back to you ps


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tillsontitan 20 months ago from New York

I really don't know how I missed this one! I love fried onions, probably one of my favorite foods. Now, with all the gluten free flour available and your recipe I can make them!

I'm sending blessings and lots of angels your way.

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and pinned.


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

I like to use milk peachpurple but it is not absolutely necessary. You can use water; something to help the batter stick to the onions.

Thanks for stopping Angels are on the way to you today. ps


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peachpurple 20 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i am going to try this today but is it compulsory to dip them into the milk?


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Paul I am so glad that you found this.

It is really one of my most favorite recipes. It is so easy and the crispy light onions make a nice snack or a great complement to another food.

I hope you have a chance to give these a try sometime.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Paul Kuehn 20 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

This is an awesome hub which I found very interesting reading. I love onions, but haven't had fried onions in a long time. Now I know how to make them myself. Your pictures are really great! Voted up and sharing with HP followers and on Facebook.


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pstraubie48 24 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Good day to you, Alun

These remain one of the top requests my family has as a topper for a burger or steak.

They are so light and crisp.and full of flavor..it is about those things when we add a topping to a food.

Of course, they are a great snack all by themselves.

Thanks for visiting.

Angels are on the way once again this morning.


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Greensleeves Hubs 24 months ago from Essex, UK

A well organised, and beautifully illustrated hub Patricia, and with a useful video too. Thank you. I will try sometime! Alun


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Flourish

Just a little hint...make waaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy more than you think that you will serve as they go fast.... yummy.

Thanks for visiting today.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon. ps


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

This looks excellent. We are grilling out today, and I will make this as a side item. Yum.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Ingenira

It is an easy and delicious recipe. It is great on soup, salad, and I even have had some tuck it in a sandwich.

Thanks for visiting.

Sending Angels your way :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Ingenira

It is an easy and delicious recipe. It is great on soup, salad, and I even have had some tuck it in a sandwich.

Thanks for visiting.

Sending Angels your way :) ps


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Ingenira 3 years ago

The recipe looks easy and and the fried onions looks so delicious ! I am going to try this recipe. Thanks !


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

You will enjoy these, Victoria Lynn.

They are light and tender and add that extra zip to any dish.

I hope you have a chance to try them.

Sending Angels your way

have a lovely week :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

You will enjoy these, Victoria Lynn.

They are light and tender and add that extra zip to any dish.

I hope you have a chance to try them.

Sending Angels your way

have a lovely week :) ps


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Oh, my, this looks so wonderful! I love onions, and this looks like a great side dish. Well laid out hub, too. Many votes. I'm pinning this one!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi

thanks for stopping by.

These are a bit addictive so make a huge pile. They will disappear quickly.

have a lovely day

Angels are on the way :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi

thanks for stopping by.

These are a bit addictive so make a huge pile. They will disappear quickly.

have a lovely day

Angels are on the way :) ps


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cathie bridges 3 years ago from Pakistan

tthats something creative and yummyyyyyy


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

What is funny about these is this....the first time I made them I used one onion so I could see if what I was concocting was edible. Well, yes, it was/is. And, I ended up tasting so many that there were none left to glam up whatever dish I had intended them for. So, I suggest making more than you think you will ever need.

Glad to see you this afternoon. Angels and good wishes are on the way :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

What is funny about these is this....the first time I made them I used one onion so I could see if what I was concocting was edible. Well, yes, it was/is. And, I ended up tasting so many that there were none left to glam up whatever dish I had intended them for. So, I suggest making more than you think you will ever need.

Glad to see you this afternoon. Angels and good wishes are on the way :) ps


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

Yummy. These would be good as a topper and as snackers in my house. Another great recipe.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, vespawoolf, I consider that quite a compliment since your site is loaded with so many mouth watering recipes....

You will enjoy them...they are not deep fried and only stay in the oil a short time which cuts down on the oil consumption.

I hope you enjoy these.

Angels are coming your way :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, vespawoolf, I consider that quite a compliment since your site is loaded with so many mouth watering recipes....

You will enjoy them...they are not deep fried and only stay in the oil a short time which cuts down on the oil consumption.

I hope you enjoy these.

Angels are coming your way :) ps


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

You have such unique and interesting recipes! I like the idea of the gluten-free fried onions. Even though we're not gluten intolerant, I like to vary our diet as much as possible. We also enjoy sweet onions and these would be delicious on a burger, steak, soup or salad. Thanks!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Vacation Trip

Thanks for stopping by.

I am delighted to share this recipe. It is actually very easy and the results are so pleasing. Even those who are not huge onion fans will enjoy these.

Sending Angels your way :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Vacation Trip

Thanks for stopping by.

I am delighted to share this recipe. It is actually very easy and the results are so pleasing. Even those who are not huge onion fans will enjoy these.

Sending Angels your way :) ps


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Vacation Trip 3 years ago from India

This recipe sounds good and I am sure this also taste awesome. Thanks for sharing.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Prasetio

O, how do you or your Mother prepare them? It would be interesting to know. These are great to perk up a meal. Crisp and tender and a few is all you need to have a satisfying little treat.

Glad to see you this morning

Have a lovely lovely day

Angels are on the way to you :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Tonette

You know, I never really liked onions until I found Vidalias. They turned around my thinking about this food. These little fried onions are not an every day dish because of the fat but they will perk up a special dinner easily.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sending Angels your way this morning :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Peggy

I usually do not fry many foods as I know it is not great for the body. However I have not found a way to make these crisp without doing so.

They are tasty and a nice treat once in a while.

Maybe you can give these a try sometime.

Glad to see you this morning..

Angels are on the way, Peggy.:) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Peggy

I usually do not fry many foods as I know it is not great for the body. However I have not found a way to make these crisp without doing so.

They are tasty and a nice treat once in a while.

Maybe you can give these a try sometime.

Glad to see you this morning..

Angels are on the way, Peggy.:) ps


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Wow...it sound delicious and crispy. I have never heard about fried onions before. I should show this hub to my mother and I can't wait to make it soon. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

Prasetio


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Tonipet 3 years ago from The City of Generals

Since I was little, I hated onions, but how come this recipe seems wanting me to try it. Plus the way you prepare it sounds delicious, hehe. I'll surely let you know the moment I get decided, lol. Thank you for this. You're an angel opening my eyes to trying new tastes. Blessings! -Tonette


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Patricia,

Vidalia onions or other sweet ones are so good. We use many onions in our cooking but I have never tried frying them and making onion rings. We do not deep fry things...but just may have to give these a try! They look delicious. Gave this 5 stars and an up and useful vote. Sending angels your way tonight.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Yummy, Patricia. I love crispy fried onions and I love Vidalia onions - the only kind I buy - so you know I will love this recipe. Promise.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Christine

Thanks for stopping by. Maybe you can give these a try.

This is a nice little treat to have to liven up a meal.

Sending Angels your way this evening :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Christine

Thanks for stopping by. Maybe you can give these a try.

This is a nice little treat to have to liven up a meal.

Sending Angels your way this evening :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Livingsta

These are a nice little addition to any meal. It is one that I do not make often because it is fried but it is nice to have for a special treat.

I hope you have a chance to make them sometime.

Sending Angels your way this evening :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks, Sheila. Yes, I would love to join you :)

They are light and do not leave you with that heavy feeling that battered rings can give.

Enjoy....have a lovely evening

Angels are on the way :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

You mean there is ONE veggie, you like? Hee Hee....These are yummy, for sure. Easy + yummy = a party in your mouth.

Yes, it is wet here this evening...and rain is welcome here.

Have a lovely lovely evening.

Angels are headed your way. :) ps


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Interesting hub, easy to make recipe and looks yummy. Thank you for sharing this. Voting, sharing and pinning!


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Gypsy48 3 years ago

Fried onions are one of my favorites. I will be trying your recipe, they look so light and crispy and much better than onion rings.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I can't wait to try this! I love onion rings, but there is usually too much batter. These crispy fried onions look like a much better alternative. This sounds like a great side for our fried venison steak sandwiches were are going to have for lunch today! It's making me hungry now! Voting this up and useful! Have a wonderful day, Pat! :)


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Okay, weird but true...I don't like onions unless they are deep fried. I know, strange, but there you have it. :)

Thanks for reminding me of how much I love these. I'll be having them soon.

blessings and a hug on this wet Wednesday

bill


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Glad to see you visiting this morning. This is not a batter so the onion is just basically dusted in the flour which makes a flaky, crisp onion. I hope you can give it a try.

thanks for stopping by

Sending Angels your way this morning :) ps


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia

This is a great recipe for preparing fried onions, picture tutorial included. I never seem to get my recipe quite right and end up with the batter flaking off my onion rounds. That's lots of clumps of fried batter and fried, naked onion rounds. Maybe your preparation method will be better. Thanks!

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