These French Fried Onions are super easy to make, fresh, and versatile. I use them in casseroles, as salad toppings, over sheet pan dinners, or with mashed potatoes. A condiment that the whole family will love in no time, even the pickiest kids. Bonus: no one would guess and taste these are naturally vegan.
You guys know I love condiments like this Pad Thai Sauce, my Sweet Chili Sauce, or Garlic Butter. Simply because they make any meal better. Even a boring meal gets so much flavor, if seasoned with a condiment. For me the flavors are really something that make any dish.
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Finally, I feel like we are on the brink to the Holiday season. It is the time of comfort food and this French Fried Onions are the epitome of it. Not only during the holidays because for me it is a staple the whole year.
These are crispy, super satisfying, versatile, packed with flavor, surprisingly easy to make, and give any dish a great touch and finish. Also great as snack, but be brave not the eat the whole batch. Otherwise make a double batch.
What you need for this French fried onions recipe
- Oil for frying
- Oat milk
Optional add ons:
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp Nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp Onion powder
On the equipment side, you need a really sharp knife to slice the onion pieces or rings really, really thinly. If you prefer to use a mandolin or a food processor attachment, it is certainly possible, too.
Just make sure whatever you use is making thin slices!
Once you’ve tried my homemade French Fried Onions you know this will become a staple in your household and beats any store-bought version in no time.
How to make French Fried Onions
After you decide for a sharp knife, mandolin or food processor attachment, slice your peeled onions really thin. Next you need two bowls: add onions to one bowl and cover them with the oat milk. Let them soak for at least 4 minutes.
In another bowl combine flour, salt, pepper and the optional garlic powder, smoked paprika, nutritional yeast, and onion powder. Take soaked onions in batches and add them to the flour bowl. Whisk them around until they are fully coated. Repeat until all onions are used.
Heat oil in a pan and add as much of the onions as fit in batches. Fry the onions in hot oil for around 3 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
Finally take the onions from the pan and if you wish drain excess oil on paper towels.
This makes such an amazing condiment alone to stand out. But also as fried onion topping for my Cheesy Potato Casserole with Garlic Croutons, for soups like the Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup and many more ideas.
A keeper that everyone will devour in no time and you can count for dinner, lunch, meal prep and anything in between. Dream big!
Gluten free French fried onions
You can use all purpose flour or whole wheat flour to make this recipe. But you also can make it absolutely gluten free, if you use gluten free all purpose flour. I suggest this because it is the closest gluten free flour which simulates the properties of all purpose flour.
I don’t recommend coconut, chickpea or buckwheat flour. They may work but in any case, their own taste is too strong.
Tips and tricks that make you love this even more
Can I freeze these?
Yes, absolutely. Make them ahead for meal prep. Just make sure to cool them off completely before freezing. Put them in a airtight container with a lid on top or in a freezer bag. These will stay fresh for around 12 months.
How long will these stay fresh in the refrigerator?
Put them in a container with a lid and they will stay fresh for around 5 days.
Love seeing all your remakes and feedback!
- 2 medium onions
- 2 cups oat milk
- 1 cup flour (use gluten free, if needed)
- salt, pepper to taste
- oil for frying
Optional add ons:
- 1 Tbs garlic powder
- 1 Tbs smoked paprika
- 1 tsp nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp onion powder
- Peel the onions and slice them really thin. Add the slices to a bowl and soak them covered with oar milk for at least 4 minutes.
- In another bowl prepare the coating by combining flour, salt, pepper and the optional garlic powder, smoked paprika, nutritional yeast, and onion powder.
- Take soaked onions in batches and add them to the flour bowl. Whisk them around until they are fully coated. Repeat until all onions are used.
- Heat oil in a pan and add as much of the onions as fit in batches. Fry the onions in hot oil for around 3 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
- Finally take the onions from the pan and if you wish drain excess oil on paper towels.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 2 Tbs
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 30Total Fat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1.4mgCarbohydrates: 4.2gFiber: 0.5gSugar: 2.4gProtein: 1g