My kids LOVE fried onion strings. If they are on a menu when we are dining out, they will order them every single time. The last time I made one of our favorite sandwiches, which I will be sharing soon, I whipped up these onion strings. My kids went crazy for them and I’ve made then a number of times since then. They go well with hotdogs and hamburgers too.
A few years ago while traveling through Georgia, we stopped at the Lodge outlet in Commerce. I purchased a Dutch oven, in my favorite color purple, on sale. A price you would never believe! Whenever we are in the area, we always stop and on a subsequent visit I purchased a fry basket for said Dutch oven. These fried onion strings are the first thing I’ve made using the basket. It worked like a charm. Sure you can make these in a fry daddy or other fryer but I didn’t need one more appliance.
To make these, you need your onions to be very thinly sliced and evenly thin. Unless you have stellar knife skills, which I do not possess, or are a professional chef, which I am not, I suggest using a mandolin. Try a couple or settings to get the thinness that you want. If you choose to use a mandolin, please, please, PLEASE use the guard. I speak from experience, being one who thought I was too good to use it. That was until I sliced my finger.
If your family likes fried onion strings as much as mine, surprise them! In addition to hotdogs and hamburgers, serve these fried onion straws with French dip sandwiches, pulled pork sandwiches and this over the top grilled cheese sandwich.
- 1 whole large onion
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 quart to 2 quarts canola oil
- Slice onion very thinly. I use a mandolin for this task.
- Place in a baking dish and cover with buttermilk and soak for ½ an hour.
- Combine dry ingredients and set aside.
- Heat oil to 375 degrees. Use a candy/ oil thermometer for accuracy.
- Put a handful of onions into the flour mixture, tap to shake off excess. Gently place into hot oil. Fry for a few minutes and remove as soon as they are golden brown. Remove to a paper towel
- Repeat until you have fried all the onions.