French Fried Onions

These crispy french fried onions are a great home made alternative to canned French’s or Durkee fried onions. They’re great on burgers, and make a crisp counterpoint to a juicy slice of meatloaf or a tender pot roast. During the holidays, I like to make this recipe with shallots to top my  French Green Bean and Chanterelle Casserole (as shown in the picture). If you like, you can add a little extra flavor to these fried onions by sprinkling them with a little creole seasoning instead of plain salt.


  • 3 large onions (or about 7-9 large shallots), thinly sliced into rings
  • 2 cups milk or buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • salt
  • peanut or vegetable oil (for frying)


Soak the onions in milk for about 5 minutes.

Heat the oil in a large skillet or deep fryer.

Toss a handful of onions in the the flour. You may find it easier to use a fork to do this, as it will keep your hands clean. Repeat with the rest of the onions, and fry in batches, stirring occasionally as needed to brown evenly.

Transfer fried onions to drain on paper towels, and season to taste.

These are best served the day you make them, but you can store any left overs in an air-tight container  to serve again the next day.