How to: Make Crispy Shoestring Onions

Unlike a lot of foods requiring oil frying, these little beauties are SO easy and they won’t totally trash your kitchen. They’re awesome on top of salads or burgers, or for a topping on casseroles or even just to snack on.

You’ll need three bowls. One with an egg and a little milk, one with some white flour and seasonings, and one with your sliced onions. You can slice your onions however you like. I slice them about 1/8-1/4″ wide and then quarter the slice of whole onion so the pieces are only an inch or two long. (ya, ya…forgot the picture of that one…)

Take a small handful of onions at a time and dunk them in the egg. Lift them up and let any excess egg drip off. We don’t want to deep fry clumps of egg here. Actually, that would probably taste good. Pretty much anything deep fried tastes good, but that’s beside the point.

After they’ve had a dunk in the egg, then just toss them around in the flour mixture until everything is coated. This is where you can personalize these little bits of yumminess. The recipe here is the most basic one, add seasonings to your heart’s delight.

The next step is to pop them in a pot of hot oil, for just a couple of minutes.

Take them out when they’re golden brown and let them drain on some paper towels.

Now eat one warm. And if no one’s looking, bust out the ranch dressing and give it a dip. Just to be naughty.

Let them cool to room temp and then you can use them on salads (they’d be seriously awesome on this salad), to top casseroles, on burgers or sandwiches, or just to snack on!



  1. OH MY… my husband LOVES these things! (Which is weird b/c he is not a fan of onions… not quite sure how that makes any sense!) So yummy on salads and burgers!
    Okay, so this may be a dumb question, but do you use a white onions?
    P.S. Congrats on the cookoff… you'll win for sure! Everything on this site is amazing.

  2. Of course these look delicious, but I HAVE to get on here to say congratulations for all you ladies have accomplished! You deserve everything that comes your way because you two are awesome!

  3. These look delish and my hubby loves them on his burgers. Do you think I could freeze these in batches and then warm on a baking sheet???

  4. This is so funny that you posted this today. Last night I had a craving for green bean casserole (no not the yucky canned kind – one with fresh green beans and mushrooms, yum!) but it's topped with homemade croutons and I thought "I wonder if I could make my own fried onions to top it because that would be even better…I bet best bites has a tutorial!" And sure enough, you did! Today! Perfect timing.

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