These fried onion petals have a crispy, crunchy exterior with a zesty flavor. They make a great side to go with burgers or dogs, or get creative and add them to your burger.
I love a good onion ring, but onion petals are slightly easier to make because they’re smaller and easier to manage when you don’t have a ton of space available for deep frying. I made these with grilled burgers the other night and they were great!
If you need a tutorial on how to cut onion petals (in 5 easy steps), refer to this post.
Safety note: Use caution when deep frying. Refer to deep frying safety information from the USDA.
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Fried Onion Petals
- Heavy bottomed pot (if not using a deep fryer)
- 1 onion cut into petals
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp paprika
- ¼ tsp cayenne
- ½ cup milk
- canola oil
- Whisk together flour, salt, paprika, and cayenne. Divide into two separate bowls and set aside.
- Pour milk into a bowl.
- Add frying oil to a deep fryer or a heavy bottomed pot with a candy thermometer. Make sure the oil is deep enough so the onion petals can swim freely and not touch the bottom.
- Heat the oil to 375°.
- Prepare the onions for frying by coating in flour, dipping in milk, then coating in flour using the other bowl.
- Fry the onion petals, and fry in batches if needed. You want the petals to have enough room to swim freely and not overcrowd each other. Fry for a couple of minutes, then flip them. Fry until golden brown. If frying in batches, allow the oil to reach 375° again before beginning to fry a new batch.
- Remove with a spider strainer (or the basket that came with your deep fryer) and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels.
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