Crispy Fried Onion Strings

Easy homemade crispy fried seasoned onion strings. A perfect topping for salads, burgers and more!

Easy homemade crispy fried seasoned onion strings recipe from @bakedbyrachel. A perfect topping for salads, burgers and more!

The first colds of the season have hit our house and I’m doing everything I can to avoid getting what everyone else has. If I manage to get through this one without getting sick, it’ll be a miracle. I don’t usually have much luck in that area. And it makes complete sense, I just wish it weren’t the case. Fingers crossed luck is on my side this time.

Unrelated, but do you ever have those nights where you’re ready for bed and want to sleep but can’t for the life of you actually fall asleep? Your brain refuses to shut off. The worst. And then when you think you’re just about to fall asleep, you hear a noise and then you’re back to struggling to fall asleep. Maybe it’s just me. I’ve basically been that way since I watched a Freddy Krueger movie once growing up, after my parents very explicitly told me not to watch any scary movies. Of course I could totally be blaming my noise issues on the movie, but that’s when I remember starting to think about the creeks at night and random noises. Just the other night when I heard a noise, it was one of the cats… eating.

I should be glad my kids aren’t trying to sneak and watch movies like that… yet. I’m sure that time will come. For now, Hocus Pocus apparently is what scares the little one.

Easy homemade crispy fried seasoned onion strings recipe from @bakedbyrachel. A perfect topping for salads, burgers and more!

I was *this* close to sharing a sweet recipe today but with all of the games this weekend, I figured a snack recipe would be better suited. I hope you agree!!

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with those fried onions in the can. You know the ones I’m talking about? The giant pieces are basically gold. And then I get over them fast when the big pieces are gone and all that’s left are the crumbly bits. Not a fan.

I decided to make my own fresh version – lots of big stringy pieces and no crumbly bits!

Eat them as is. Dip them in your favorite sauce. Add them to a salad or top off your favorite juicy burger. Any way you eat these, you’re going to love them!

Easy homemade crispy fried seasoned onion strings… an absolute must make! Grab a handful while you can, they’re sure to disappear fast!

Easy homemade crispy fried seasoned onion strings recipe from @bakedbyrachel. A perfect topping for salads, burgers and more!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Crispy Fried Onion Strings

Easy homemade crispy fried seasoned onion strings. A perfect topping for salads, burgers and more!


  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced thin
  • 1 1/2C buttermilk
  • 1C all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. Prepare onion by slicing in half. Use a sharp knife or mandoline to slice the onion very thin. 
  2. Soak sliced onion in milk for 30 minutes. 
  3. In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients. 
  4. Preheat vegetable to 350°F in a deep fryer or a large stockpot. 
  5. Coat a handful of onion slices in the flour mixture. Shake off excess flour. Fry for 2 minutes or until just golden. Drain on paper towels and lightly sprinkle with salt. Repeat with remaining onion slices. 
  6. Use immediately or store in an airtight container. 

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26 Responses to “Crispy Fried Onion Strings”

  1. #
    Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom — October 16, 2015 at 7:22 am

    So glad you skipped the sweet recipe for these bad boys–perfect for watching football with!

    • Rachel — October 18th, 2015 @ 3:25 pm

      Thanks Kristen!

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld — October 16, 2015 at 7:46 am

    I always have trouble making onion rings crispy- Definitely giving this method a go, thanks :)

    • Rachel — October 18th, 2015 @ 3:25 pm

      Frying is the way to go!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — October 16, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Is it wrong that I am craving a big bowl of these for breakfast? I mean, onions are a vegetable right?

    • Rachel — October 18th, 2015 @ 3:25 pm

      Not wrong at all ;)

  4. #
    Joanie @ Zagleft — October 16, 2015 at 9:31 am

    The perfect snack food, I’m so glad you decided to share this recipe today instead of your sweet one. This one sounds so good!!

    • Rachel — October 18th, 2015 @ 3:26 pm

      Thanks Joanie!

  5. #
    Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits — October 16, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Oh my gosh, speaking of colds, I think that I am coming down with something! I’ve been so paranoid about spreading it to other people. Hope everyone in your home gets better soon!

    I LOVE these fried onion strings. Great for game day!

    • Rachel — October 18th, 2015 @ 3:26 pm

      I hope you didn’t end up getting sick! And thank you Lisa!

  6. #
    Melissa Falk — October 16, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Wow! These look really crispy :)

    • Rachel — October 18th, 2015 @ 3:26 pm

      Thanks Melissa!

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    TAMARA — October 16, 2015 at 3:54 pm


    • Rachel — October 18th, 2015 @ 3:26 pm

      I agree. They’d be fantastic with that as well!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — October 17, 2015 at 8:38 am

    I’m absolutely obsessed with this recipe!!! I always loved picking out of the little bucket of French’s and eating them but never thought I could make it at home (I don’t know why) but now I can and I’m so excited. I wish this was acceptable for breakfast…I could make an exception ;)

    • Rachel — October 18th, 2015 @ 3:27 pm

      Yes!! You should give them a try next time you’re up for frying ;)

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    Jennifer @NourishedSimply — October 18, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Love fried onion strings! I have tried to make them myself, but they never are crispy enough. These loos awesome.

    • Rachel — October 19th, 2015 @ 7:32 am

      Thanks Jennifer!

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — October 19, 2015 at 9:35 am

    these are just like the ones at Tasty Burger!

    Autumn loves onion rings, and french’s fried onions (like the canned ones), I gotta make these, she would love them.

    • Rachel — October 19th, 2015 @ 5:12 pm

      She would totally love these!

  11. #
    Leslie @ flora foodie — October 19, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Ugh, every single year I delude myself into thinking “THIS is finally the year I will not get sick at all.” And of course I’m always dead wrong. I don’t seem to learn… But YES, I know exactly which crispy onions you’re talking about and I nearly died and went to heaven this weekend when I finally found them at Costco!!! Hooraaaaah, my world is complete. But I’ve got to try making some fresh ones, these look phenomenal.

    • Rachel — October 20th, 2015 @ 7:20 am

      They’re such an addictive snack! Fingers crossed for not getting sick this year ;)

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    Shari Kelley — October 20, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    These look amazing! You make it sound so easy. I always thought it would be difficult to make onion strings. Pinning to try these soon!

    • Rachel — October 20th, 2015 @ 4:34 pm

      Thanks Shari! I hope you enjoy them. :)

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    Senika @ Foodie Blog Stalker — October 20, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    If there’s something on a menu that has crispy fried onion strings, I ALWAYS base my order on it! Love that now I can make them at home, these look better than the restaurants!

    • Rachel — October 21st, 2015 @ 7:56 am

      Thanks Senika! :)

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