This French fried onions recipe is a copycat French’s onions (or Durkee onions) and are so easy to make at home! These are crispy with plenty of onion flavor and a little spicy kick from the coating that’s used. The trick is to slice the onions super thin and fry them until they are crispy but not burnt. They work great on the top of casseroles, ground to crumbs as an ingredient, or as snacks!
You’ll need: white onions, buttermilk, flour, Tony Chachere’s seasoning, oil for frying, electric deep fryer or deep pot for on top of the stove frying, paper towels for draining.
French Fried Onions Backstory
What’s green bean casserole without French’s onions? I mean, even when I ditched the cream of mushroom soup because homemade I still used the French fried onions from the can. I had no idea that you could make them yourself — and I realize how silly that sounds now but honestly it just never occurred to me!
Well, Thanksgiving came and I was madly throwing things together trying to get everything done. I realized at the very last minute that I did not have the onions for the top of the green bean casserole.
I did what any red blooded American foodie would do… I had a meltdown. Once that was out of the way I hit up Google to see if there were any French fried onions recipes out there at all. And…. Jackpot! I found this Copycat Durkee recipe. It’s relatively simple and straight-forward. I did make a few adjustments because I wanted a little more heat to the crunchy onions than a plain coating would give. I did learn that the thinner you can slice the onions the crispier they will get without burning. You don’t want onion rings, you want them to be crispy all the way through.
Buttermilk just makes that intense onion bite soften and become mellow – plus, I had some leftover buttermilk. Make these French fried onions and use them in any recipe that calls for the French’s or Durkee Onions. You can store them in an airtight container in a cool pantry for at least a few days. Mine didn’t last longer than that!
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French Fried Onions Recipe
I love the flavor of this copycat French’s Onions recipe. Crispy with a mild onion flavor, you can use these French fried onions in any recipe that calls for the store bought kind. If you love this recipe please give it 5 stars!
Copycat French's Onions
- 1 1/2 pounds of onions sliced in to paper-thin rings
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 2 cups flour
- 3 tablespoons Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning
- Peanut oil for frying (I like this best, if there is an allergy any other oil with a high smoke point can be used.)
- Heat the deep fryer up to 375F.
- Mix the flour and the Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning.
- Add the onions to the buttermilk and let stand for 10 minutes.
- Drain and then dredge in the flour .
- Fry, a few at a time, until golden brown and crisp.
- Drain on paper towels.
- Store in an airtight container.
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