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Fried Onions: the Recipe to Have Them Crispy!

Total time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 5 people
By Cookist

Fried onions are a very crunchy and tasty side dish, perfect for accompanying any type of main course, both meat and fish based; but they're also perfect to be served as a delicious appetizer, together with cured meats, cheeses and vegetable dips. It's a very quick recipe, which involves the use of an egg-free batter, also suitable for those who follow a vegan diet, to which cold beer is added: the latter will allow us to obtain a fragrant fried food, irresistible and very dry. Find out how to make fried onions by following our step-by-step instructions and advice.

Flour 0
150 grams
Cold beer
200 ml
Golden onions
a pinch
Chopped Parsley
as much as you need
Peanut seed oil
as much as you need

How to Prepare Fried Onions

Peel the onions and slice them into rounds that are not too thick.

Collect them gradually in a large bowl, cover them with fresh, clean water and let them rest for 2-3 minutes.

Collect the flour together with the salt in a large bowl, then add the very cold beer and gradually mix with a whisk. Add a sprig of parsley, finely chopped, and mix.

Drain the onions, pat them dry with kitchen paper and add them to the batter. Mix with a spatula.

Heat plenty of vegetable oil in a pan, then dip the onions and fry them until golden brown, turning the occasionally.

Once ready, drain them and let them dry on absorbent kitchen paper.

Transfer the onions to a serving dish and serve while still hot.


We recommend frying in peanut oil: odorless and with a high smoke point, it is among the best oils for this type of preparation. The temperature should be around 356°F/180°C (use a kitchen thermometer if necessary) and fry a few pieces at a time, to prevent the temperature from getting too low.

Use a very cold beer from the refrigerator or, if you don't have it available, replace it with equally ice-cold sparkling water.

If you like, you can replace the parsley with basil, mint or rosemary and also add spices, such as turmeric or smoked paprika.

How to Store Fried Onions

To enjoy all their fragrance and crunchiness, we recommend frying them and enjoying them hot at the moment.

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