French-Fried Onions


This French-fried onions recipe is a homemade alternative to the Durkee brand. I use these for casseroles. I will never buy store-bought fried onions again. This recipe makes a lot. I often just use one onion and about 1/2 cup milk and 1 cup flour with seasonings if I just want to use them for one dish. Warning: You may have to make what the original recipe calls for because they are so yummy and you won't be able to stop eating them!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
5 cups


  • 3 large onions, sliced into thin rings

  • 2 cups milk

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 pinch garlic powder, or to taste (Optional)

  • 1 pinch onion powder, or to taste (Optional)

  • 1 pinch ground white pepper, or to taste (Optional)

  • salt to taste

  • vegetable oil for frying


  1. Soak onions in milk for 5 minutes.

  2. Combine flour, garlic powder, onion powder, white pepper, and salt. Add a handful of onions and toss to coat. Remove and repeat with remaining onions, one handful at a time.

  3. Heat oil in a large skillet or deep fryer. Fry onion in batches, stirring as needed, until evenly browned, 2 to 3 minutes each. Drain on paper towels and season with more salt. Store in an airtight container.


Use any seasonings you prefer.

Editor's Notes:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of milk and flour. The actual amount consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

39 Calories
1g Fat
6g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 40
Calories 39
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 42mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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