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Onion Strings

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Our crunchy 5-ingredient recipe for easy homemade Onion Strings will make you feel like a restaurant chef. Whether you make 'em for tasty nibbling or as a main dish topper, they're always a hit.

What You'll Need:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings
What To Do:
  1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, and pepper; mix well.
  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Place onion rings in flour, coat well, then carefully place in hot oil.
  2. Fry onions 6 to 8 minutes, or until golden. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate, and serve immediately.


  • These Onion Strings are yummy as is, but you can sprinkle them with salt before serving, if you'd like.
  • Use these to fancy up a juicy steak, top off a chef's salad (instead of croutons), or however else you like!

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This are soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo goooooooooooooooooood

When I make these, I usually soak the onions in buttermilk, but this one seems easier and less time consuming. Next time I will use this recipe.

can the onion strings be altered to less oil and baked

Hello, the test kitchen thinks the onions strings can be fried in less oil, about 1/2 cup. There may be onion string recipes that are baked, but this one is not designed for baking. Enjoy!

It's always yummy. Do try with gram flour instead of all purpose flour and enjoy with green chutney or curd chutney.

Absolutely easy and delicious!

This Onion Strings recipe is easy and delicious. You will get requests for seconds and third helpings as they are so good! Try it and see!

Thank you for the evice. I'm only 11 so thank you for the evice again.

I haven't tried these yet but they look just like the ones I saw a steak house. I am looking forward to preparing these French-fried Onion Strings.

look good

You forgot the worcestire sauce. A few drops makes this greater! ;)

These onion strings need NOTHING added! I made them for lunch as per the recipe, to serve with our sandwiches, and my husband and I ate them all. There was no problem with the flour sticking; in fact, I don't know why eggs or anything else would be added unless you want a thick, gloppy mess! These were sooo easy and fast to fix - with just the right amount of coating. We loved them!

what do you think if you spray the oinon rings with oil so the flour sticks, I know people use eggs also, but just thinking of ideas, I am going to try now and let you know. also going to make some stuffed vegie wonton wraps. talk to you soon.

Why not try the recipe as written for the first time of making it? I bet it will work out just fine. I hope to try this recipe specifically because it does not include dipping or oiling the slices first. I think the natural moisture of the onions will hold just enough flour to create a crispy wonderful dish.

I think these are great. Make them in my concession trailer all summer long. people love them. great for tail-gate parties.

This sounds soooooo good ! I love that there are no eggs; I have a serious egg allergy. Thank You :-)

I can see onlon strings being made this way. The comment about dredging in flour first, then egg, etc; would be perfect for oniion rings. I learned from my sister in law, that dredging anything you're going to fry in flour and then egg and then another covering is the best way to keep the coating on during frying. It's worked everytime for me.

Think I'll sprinkle mine with Cajun Seasoning...already has salt and cayenne added.

Cayenne is a WONDERBAR idea!!!!

These were deliciously addicting!

Wonder if a little cayenne or even taco seasoning would kick it up a notch ? Hmmm

Is it correct that there is no liquid added to the flour to coat the onions?

Yes, it is correct

How would this recipe work if the onion rings were dipped in flour first, then into an egg bath and back into flour. Then placed into the hot oil.

Trust me, this is the correct sequence for dipping things before frying things ,I have been doing this for years

you would need to double dip and then have onion rings instead of the onion string because they would hold up more. these are meant to be lighter.

If you want a heavy battered and fattier onion dish, then dipping in that order works out. What I like about the posted recipe is that it would be a much lighter dish and seems to rely on the mositure of the onion itself to create a light crusty dish.

A lady that runs a cafe here in my town uses her meat slicer to cut the onions for "onion strings". Works very nicely & all uniform size.

I like this recipe, seems to be very easy and not many ingredients are needed.....This is a great snack idea, and I know all will love it...About to make a batch right now!.....looks OOH IT'S SO GOOD!

i made these in the deep fryer and they were wonderful.i did add some garlic powder and some lemon pepper to the floour.easy and as good as tony's roma's onion stack.

Very good and easy! I used deep fryer. They cook fast so keep close watch. Also fried mushrooms halved with same flour mix. Nice along with a grilled steak.

Rather than use a fry pan with "oil to medium-high heat" (?), couldn't I use this recipe in a deep fryer? At what temperature would I set my fryer?

I set mine on 350 and take them out when they come to the top and turn golden brown

you shouldn't own one if you can't figure that out...

@JudyTrudy - that was just rude and not helpful at all! A lot of people come to sites like this because they are novices and are looking for tips and/or guidance and people like you just don't belong here. Remember, if you can't say something nice, don't say anything.

Add strips of bell pepper and strips of jalapino, they would be Texas Toothpicks and Oh So Good

I made these once an they came out not bad at all,they were gone in a hurry.


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