Crispy Fried Onions are easy to make at home. They only take 10 minutes and 4 ingredients. Taste just like French’s fried onions but even better!
Fried Onions Recipe
What isn’t there to love about crispy onions? The wonderful crunch! The crispy outside, caramelized inside. The smell! These, onion powder and slow cooker caramelized onions are our favorite to make when we’re picking a large quantity of onions in the garden. If you love the canned fried onions, this is copycat french recipe – but even better due to that it’s homemade!
This is a simple recipe, ready in 10 minutes, and only requires 4 basic ingredients that you already have in your kithen. All you need is a saucepan and some paper towels – no fancy deep fryer needed!
No Flour Batter Fried Onions
Many recipes require you to coat the onions in all purpose flour, almost like you’re making deep-fried onion rings, but I found that you can achieve crispy onions with just oil – nothing else.
In this recipe it’s as easy as dropping the onions into hot vegetable oil and letting them cook until crispy.
How to Make Fried Onions
Peel and slice your onions using a sharp knife into skinny slices. You can use all kinds of onions: red onions, vidalia onions or white onions for this recipe.
Bring a small saucepan of vegetable oil to a low simmer over medium heat. Please be careful as the oil is hot and can splatter.
Add thin slices of onions into the saucepan into hot oil. Once you place the onions into the pan you should hear a light sizzle – that means the oil is hot enough.
Stirring occasionally, cook the sliced onions until crispy – careful to not overcook as if you do they will be too chewy and have a burnt taste.
Expert tip: You can also slice up some garlic in thin strips and add them into the oil too! Delicious!
Remove from saucepan with a slotted spoon and place onion slices on paper towels. I like to blot top, bottoms, sides of the onions to try to remove the most oil I can.
Repeat with remaining onions (or however many onions you want to cook).
Season to taste with salt and black pepper (or even some garlic salt!). Add on whatever you’re serving and enjoy!
How to Store Fried Onions
The best way to store fried onions is to put in a airtight container (glass jar or plastic bag) and refrigerate. They’ll stay fresh and last for 4-5 days.
Can I freeze fried onions?
For long term storage, add in freezer bag (or ice cube trays with lids) and freeze. Whenever you need some, remove from the bag, defrost and then place the remaining onions back into the freezer. Note: Frozen fried onions won’t be as crispy when defrosted, but they’re still delicious!
What can I add fried onions to?
Oh, you want to add them to something besides eating them with a spoon or next to ketchup as crispy fried onion rings? Ok! 🙂 Use them as a great topping to:
Hope you enjoy this easy crunchy fried onions recipe! I think your tastebuds will love them!
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- 2 medium onions peeled, sliced thin
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a small saucepan, heat vegetable oil over low-medium heat. Be careful as oil can splatter and burn.
- When oil is heated up, add half of the onion slices. You know the oil is hot enough as the onion should slightly sizzle when added into the saucepan.
- Cook onions for 7-9 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring occasionally to prevent them from sticking together.
- Remove onions from saucepan and place on paper towel, blotting to remove excess oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper on to taste.
- Repeat with remaining onions until they’re all gone.
- Serve on your favorite casserole, burger or steak! Enjoy!