Fried Onion Petals

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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.

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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

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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: deep fried, fried onion petals
Servings: 2 people

Equipment

  • Deep fryer
  • Heavy bottomed pot (if not using a deep fryer)
  • Candy thermometer (if not using a deep fryer)
  • Spider strainer

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

See How to Cut an Onion in 5 Easy Steps for a tutorial on cutting the onion petals. 
Fried onion petals with a cheeseburger and homemade potato chips in the background

Fried Onion Petals

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