Copycat French’s Fried Onions From Scratch

Take your holiday classics to a whole new level by making Copycat French’s Fried Onions From Scratch and never buy store bought fried onions again!

Take your holiday classics to a whole new level by making Copycat French's Fried Onions From Scratch and never buy store bought fried onions again!Hellooooo! Phew, sorry it’s been crickets around here for a while!  If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you know that we’ve been in Montana witnessing two incredible people tie the knot and exploring a lot of the outdoor beauty the gorgeous state has to offer. We’re just now settling back into our normal crazy lives again.  Just in time for the holidays, which what the wha Thanksgiving is THIS WEEK?!  Wasn’t it just July?!  It’s cool, that just means it’s also the perfect time to continue to try to make some our favorite classics from scratch, like these Copycat French’s Fried Onions From Scratch!

Take your holiday classics to a whole new level by making Copycat French's Fried Onions From Scratch and never buy store bought fried onions again!We received the cutest little organic yellow onions in our weekly Imperfect Produce box.  Anyone in the Portland, OR; The Bay Area; Los Angeles, CA; Orange County, CA; or Seattle, WA area who is interested in eating more affordable organic produce, all the while playing an important role in reducing the staggering amount of food waste in this country, definitely check them out!  We love them and they definitely aren’t paying me to say that, I truly love them, their service, and the important work that they’re doing.  They’re growing like crazy too, coming to Chicago, IL next and hopefully to the east coast soon, too!  Anyway, back to these adorable little onions that totally aren’t even that ugly but the perfect size for some Copycat French’s Fried Onions from scratch!

Take your holiday classics to a whole new level by making Copycat French's Fried Onions From Scratch and never buy store bought fried onions again!Prep on these guys is super easy.  First, since I didn’t have any store bought buttermilk, I just whipped up some easy Homemade Buttermilk.  While the lemon thickens and curdles the milk, I prepped the onions.  Half of them I halved and sliced super thin and the other I left in whole rings, also sliced very thin.  

Take your holiday classics to a whole new level by making Copycat French's Fried Onions From Scratch and never buy store bought fried onions again!

Then once the buttermilk was ready, it’s just a matter of letting the adorable little onion slices soak in your homemade buttermilk,

Take your holiday classics to a whole new level by making Copycat French's Fried Onions From Scratch and never buy store bought fried onions again!

then it’s just a healthy dredge in plenty of flour and into the fryer they go!  

Take your holiday classics to a whole new level by making Copycat French's Fried Onions From Scratch and never buy store bought fried onions again!These are nearly identical to my Homemade Onion Rings but just a much smaller, perfect Copycat of French’s size!

Take your holiday classics to a whole new level by making Copycat French's Fried Onions From Scratch and never buy store bought fried onions again!

But even crispier!  And this recipe makes a whoppin’ 15 oz of onions!  That’s even accounting for the inevitable overcooked hot oil sacrifices.  That’s more than double the amount that you get from one of the larger French’s containers, but without the dextrose.  Can you tell based on the green beans and mushrooms what I’ll be making with these little crispy bites of heaven?  Hint: it includes some of my Cream of Mushroom Soup From Scratch!  Stay tuned! 

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with love, food, and thanks.  I’m so thankful for all of you who visit my little site.  When growing lists of house projects and piles of laundry almost win out, your emails and feedback inspire us to keep documenting our From Scratch journey.  For that, I am very grateful; thank you! <3 

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Copycat French's Fried Onions From Scratch

Take your holiday classics to a whole new level by making Copycat French's Fried Onions From Scratch and never buy store bought fried onions again!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 15 oz

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups Homemade (or store bought) Buttermilk http://www.servedfromscratch.com/5-minute-homemade-buttermilk/
  • 4 cups Thinly sliced onions, halves and rings of small onions
  • 3 cups All purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh ground pepper
  • 4 cups Vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Soak onions in buttermilk for at least 10 minutes. 


  2. In a shallow dish add flour, salt, and pepper and mix well. 

  3. In a large pan heat vegetable oil to 375 degrees.  To test to see if your oil is ready for frying, dip the handle of a wooden spoon in the oil and if it bubbles around the handle then it's ready.

  4. Dredge buttermilk soaked onions in flour until well coated and add to oil, frying in batches until golden brown then remove form oil with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel lined plate.  Continue with all of the onions with additional paper towel lined plates after a double layer of onions are on one.  

  5. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in a dry cool place for up to a few days.

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  • I do love these crispy fried onions. I have a terrible addiction to them. I love them just the way they are. I’m wondering if adding salt as soon as it hits the paper towel, instead of before cooking would effect the taste?

    • Oh Bobbie I hear you. I used to eat them out of the Frenches can… ha. You know, I think adding the salt at the end would be fine! I’d still add some to the batter, but maybe do half in the batter and then finish with the other half? It’ll definitely give them more of a salty flavor when adding at the end as they’re still hot, but there’s nothing wrong with that in my book!!

  • This is my kind of food. Perfect for an appetizer or as a side to burgers. I would love some of these on top of chili and eggs too. Eat them as is….or add them to other things, you can’t go wrong with these crispy onions. Addictive and delicious.

  • Sounds simple enough and I love the idea of making these from scratch. It’s the best way to control what goes in and this recipe has nice wholesome ingredients. Do you think a plant based homemade buttermilk (almond or cashew with apple cider vinegar) would be a good sub for dairy-free? Thanks.

  • It never occurred to me to make my own fried onions. This looks fantastic, definitely going to have to make this. I have never heard of the imperfect produce box. I hope they make it this way. I would sign up if they did. Thanks for a great article, a little jealous about the Montana part, I bet it was beautiful!

  • This is definitely on my must make list the holidays! We love green bean casserole for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. These would definitely add a whole new layer of flavor versus the flat store bought ones. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Fried onion is my favourite onion! I mean, who doesn’t like fried things? I’ll have to try this AND your onion ring recipe because they look delightful. I grew up hating onions and fried onions were my transition food that actually made me realize that I liked onions!

  • What a cool recipe! Who knew that making french fried onions was this easy?! I have definitely not made these, and I’m putting them on my “make that” list! I don’t even need the excuse of a green bean casserole to make these LOL. I just want to make them and eat them on any old Tuesday night 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us…just pinned!

  • There is just no comparison between fresh made fried onions and those sad, packaged wannabes. Yours look absolutely perfect — golden and crispy and just waiting to garnish a platter of green beans — or eaten straight out of hand, which is probably what I’m going to do. Bet they’re great with a cold beer… Nice inspiration, Tracy!

  • Oooh! I’m just imagining on how good these taste! (I know they’re better than the premade kind!) Though I’m not much for green bean casserole, I can see these on burgers, ground beef tacos, mashed potato casserole, cozy soups, and even salads. Now I’m hungry. 🙂

  • Maaaaan, I can’t be reading recipes like this. I just can’t. Because if I suddenly find out how easy it is to make ridiculously tasty things like this from scratch, a fire is lit inside me. Pandora’s box is opened. I mean, the box is full of fried onions and not mankind’s woes, so maybe not THAT bad… but still. These are awesome, and I’m always looking for more things to do with buttermilk (because there always seems to be leftover buttermilk kicking around). Love it. Thanks for sharing this!

  • I so wish that Imperfect Produce would come to St. Louis. I keep hearing about it and it is such a great concept. I’ve never tried making fried onions from scratch and now I really want to. I love knowing how to make things that you usually buy. Great post!

  • I love this idea, Tracy! Honestly, when you’re looking for fun salad or burger toppers at the supermarket, grabbing a bag of fried onions always seems like a good idea at the time. Then you get home, open it up, and they always seem so sad, limp, and slightly soggy. Making them at home guarantees that crisp and that legit onion-y flavor we’re all after. Thanks for this bomb recipe and idea!

  • Oh my goodness, these are SO happening. I’ve loved French’s fried onions since I was a kid. Whenever my mom would cook with them, I’d sneak in and steal a handful from the container before they went onto whatever she was making. 🙂 I can only imagine how much better they are made from scratch! I would have a hard time not snacking on them right out of the fryer!

  • This recipe is so easy and delicious! There is no reason to ever by French’s again when these are so simple to make. Everyone in my family couldn’t stop eating them and my sister in law said it was the best green bean casserole she has ever had. A must for every Thanksgiving table!