Red onion fritters: a delicious dish for the whole family!

Total time: 20 min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4-6
By Cookist

Onion fritters are enjoyed by many around the world. In India, they’re known as Pyaaz Pakoda, where it’s usually made with chickpea flour and spices. A less spicy version, called Onion Latkes, is made in a similar way to Potato Latkes. These fritters are made with red onion, which has a sharp flavor with a touch of sweetness. The secret to perfectly crispy Red Onion Fritters is to use fresh ingredients, slice the onion thinly, and make sure that the oil is at the correct temperature. Serve them as a snack or appetizer with your favorite dipping sauce (ketchup or chutney will work well), or enjoy them as a crunchy side dish.

Red Onion Fritter Ingredients

  • Red Onions – red onions are a great option for sharpness and flavor
  • Flour- plain or all-purpose flour
  • Herbs – use dried oregano or fresh parsley
  • Parmesan – optional, but adds a lot of flavor
  • Oil for frying – use a neutral oil suitable for deep frying

Red Onion Fritter Variations

Substitute the red onion for yellow or brown onions.

For a chili flavor, add a teaspoon of Kashmiri chili powder and ½ tsp turmeric.

Add grated carrot for added flavor and sweetness.


Make sure to use a neutral oil suitable for frying at higher temperatures. Canola oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil, or corn oil will be suitable. Don’t make your oil too hot, otherwise the onions will burn and become bitter before the fritters are cooked through. Use a thermometer to heat the oil to about 350°F. The oil should also not be too cold, otherwise the fritters will absorb too much oil, making them greasy.

You can also make the fritters in the oven. Add a bit more flour to thicken the batter somewhat. Then place spoonsful of the batter onto an oiled baking sheet. Bake in a preheated oven at 425⁰F oven for 10-13 minutes.

To make perfect, equally-sized scoops, you can use also use an ice cream scoop.

To make these Red Onion Fritters gluten-free, you can use almond flour or any gluten-free flour blend.

How to Store Red Onion Fritters

The fritters can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Just make sure to store it in an airtight container, and line with paper towels to absorb excess moisture.

Can I Make It Ahead of Time?

You can make the fritters ahead and store them in the freezer. Simply heat them in the oven when you’re ready to eat them.

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large red onions
All purpose flour
30g (4 tbsp)
dried origano
pecorino or parmesan cheese
Cold Water
200ml (3/4 cup)
Oil for frying


Use a mandolin to cut the red onions into thin slices.

Add the salt and toss to mix.

In a bowl add the flour, salt, dried oregano, pecorino cheese, and water, and mix until the mixture has no lumps. Add the prepared onion and mix it all together.

Add oil to a pan over medium heat (enough oil for semi-deep frying).

Once the oil is hot, spoon the dough into the hot oil and fry until they are golden brown on both sides.


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