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Homemade Crispy Fried Onion Strips Recipe



Crispy fried onions. If you only thought they came in a can or at a restaurant, please allow me to change your life. These are perfect as a side treat, on a barbecue pork sandwich, on burgers, or if you enjoy tricking yourself to eat healthier… upon salads.


  • 4 – 5 cups canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large Walla Walla onion
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Sea salt

Heat oil in a heavy pan. Use a thermometer to bring temp up to 375F. Accomplishing this with a deep fryer is easier if you have one.

Place buttermilk into medium bowl.

Cut off ends of onion. Peel skins off onion. Cut in half down the middle. Slice onion into very, very thin slices. No. I mean, like, you know. Really, really thin. Place sliced onions into buttermilk.

Place flour & cayenne on a plate. Stir together.

Remove some onion strips from buttermilk and dip into flour mixture to coat. Carefully place in hot oil. Fry until dark golden brown.

When finished frying, remove onions from oil and place upon a plate on a folded paper towel to drain excess oil from onions.

Enjoy while hot.



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