Thanksgiving Onions

To start off this Thanksgiving, I wants to show you how to make your own French Fried Onions. Seriously, even at $2.50 a can, these are much better and much healthier. Well, by healthier, I mean that there are only 4 ingredients: onion, flour, oil (that you fry in ) and salt. No additives and they taste great. On the time scale they are quick, but you have to account for the oil afterward. I don’t typically reuse mine, so clean up isn’t too bad, I just dump it somewhere in the backyard. Out of sight, out of mind, right?!?

These onions were sooo good. I had my fair share of them and finally had to put them away. These are typical Thanksgiving fare on top of green bean casserole. I myself am not a fan of the infamous casserole. but may just serve a side of green beans topped with bacon and french fried oonions. They are that good. On second thought, I may just got straight for the onions!

You have GOT to try these! They can be made ahead and stored in a paper towel lined ziplock baggy or container.


  • Spanish or yellow Onions
  • Flour
  • Milk
  • Sea salt
  • Oil for frying


  1. Heat about 2 inches of oil in a dutch oven or other heavy duty pot.
  2. Cut off top end of the onion and peel. Leave root on.
  3. Slice onions into 1/4 inch slices. I think I did mine about 1/8th. Either will do. I used a mandoline, which made it very quick.
  4. Get 2 pie plates. Into one put about 2 cups milk. In another, about 2 cups of all purpose flour.
  5. Separate into rings and set into milk. Shake off excess milk and put into a bowl with flour.
  6. Use hands to move the rings around, coating in flour.
  7. Shake off excess flour and set onto a cookie sheet or other pan.

Here are the milk and flour bowls:

Then see what they look like after the flour “bath”:

Here they are frying away. OUTSIDE, thankfully!!

Fry in batches at about 370 F. until golden brown. Drain on a paper towel lined cookie sheet and sprinkle immediately with salt.  Let cool and store in a paper towel lined sealed container.

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