Onion straws, Onion strings, Crispy onion straws or French fried onions are deep fried coated onions commonly served as an appetizer, side dish or as a garnish. A distant relative to the onion rings but instead of a thick batter and round shapes this thinly sliced onions are lightly coated with corn flour.
There are many ways these are prepared; some soak it in water others in buttermilk, then it is lightly coated with just plain cornflour or seasoned with garlic, salt, pepper, paprika and/or cayenne. While in America it is readily available in supermarkets, here in New Zealand it is nowhere to be found hence if we need some my only option is making it at home and this is how we make them.
- 2 brown onions, halved and thinly sliced
- ice cold water
- ½ cup cornstarch
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- freshly ground black pepper
- oil, for deep frying
- In a bowl soak the onions in enough ice cold water for 10 minutes.
- Prepare a deep fryer and set it to 185C.
- Drain onions and pat them dry with thick paper towels.
- Place onions in a container you can cover.
- Add the cornstarch, garlic powder, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cover the container then give it a good shake to coat the onions.
- Open container then individually add onions stings into the hot oil to deep fry them. Do not over crowd the deep fryer and do this in batches. Once onions turn light golden brown remove it from the oil and place it in a paper towel lined plate to remove excess oil, let it cool and crisp before serving.