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!

Crispy Fried Onion Strings

Easy homemade crispy fried seasoned onion strings. A perfect topping for salads, burgers and more!
Prep Time35 minutes
Cook Time6 minutes
Total Time41 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Onion
Servings: 4 plus


  • 1 large onion halved and sliced thin
  • 1 1/2 C buttermilk
  • 1 C 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


  • Prepare onion by slicing in half. Use a sharp knife or mandoline to slice the onion very thin. 
  • Soak sliced onion in milk for 30 minutes. 
  • In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients. 
  • Preheat vegetable to 350°F in a deep fryer or a large stockpot. 
  • 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. 
  • Use immediately or store in an airtight container. 


Recipe serves roughly 4-6.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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38 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!

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      Rachel — October 18, 2015 at 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 :)

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      Rachel — October 18, 2015 at 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?

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      Rachel — October 18, 2015 at 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!!

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      Rachel — October 18, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      Thanks Joanie!

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    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!

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      Rachel — October 18, 2015 at 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 :)

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      Rachel — October 18, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      Thanks Melissa!

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    TAMARA — October 16, 2015 at 3:54 pm


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      Rachel — October 18, 2015 at 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 ;)

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      Rachel — October 18, 2015 at 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.

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      Rachel — October 19, 2015 at 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.

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      Rachel — October 19, 2015 at 5:12 pm

      She would totally love these!

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    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.

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      Rachel — October 20, 2015 at 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!

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      Rachel — October 20, 2015 at 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!

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      Rachel — October 21, 2015 at 7:56 am

      Thanks Senika! :)

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    Bunny Douglas — December 9, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    I want to fix these for a dinner; however, I need to “hold” them for a few hours before serving. Any suggestions on how to keep them crisp? Thanks.

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      Rachel — December 10, 2016 at 8:20 am

      You could try turning your oven on to it’s lowest setting and allow them to sit on a try in the warm oven until you need them.

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    Richard — July 29, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Hi Rachel. Thanks for sharing this recipe. My question is what do I do with the used vegetable oil? Can I put it back in the bottle? Do I throw it away? How do I do that? Thanks.

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      Rachel — July 31, 2018 at 8:17 am

      You can reuse the oil for several times before needing to discard. If you do this, just be sure to mark it as used, so you don’t use it in a baking recipe. :)

  16. #
    Jon I. — May 21, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Definitely trying these with burgers! If I make them in advance is there a way to store them while keeping them crispy?

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      Rachel — May 22, 2019 at 6:19 am

      They are best enjoyed fresh but can be crisped up again easily in the oven.

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    Emily — July 12, 2020 at 1:06 am

    We made these tonight and they were delicious!!! We followed the recipe exactly and it turned out perfect!

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      Rachel — July 14, 2020 at 6:54 am

      So glad you enjoyed them!

  18. #
    Belenda — August 8, 2021 at 11:01 am

    This was my 2nd attempt at making onion rings/strings. First time was another basic recipe, but, lacked seasoned flour. I found your recipe on Pinterest and I’m SO GLAD I DID! What a difference the seasonings made! These were so yummy! We have a garden full of home grown onions. Mr. Man specifically asked me to make these many more times! Thumbs up from “him” is a huge win!!

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      Rachel — August 12, 2021 at 5:55 am

      So glad you found me and enjoyed the recipe!

  19. #
    Alida — January 28, 2023 at 12:33 am

    I made these amazing onion strings. Absolutely delicious and crispy!

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      Rachel — January 28, 2023 at 8:57 am

      So glad you enjoyed them!

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