Using just one large onion, I was able to fry up this large plate of addictively light and crispy onion strings. Beside my favorite onion rings, these homemade crispy fried onion strings are absolutely a must-have side dish to go with burgers, steaks, salads or anything you fancy. Heck, they even taste absolutely delicious on its own. It takes a lot of will power to stop picking through the pile.
The original recipe uses buttermilk to soak the thinly sliced onions but to be honest, buttermilk is rather expensive and not so readily available in this part of the world I’m at. Thankfully, making your own buttermilk is so simple, there’s no reason not to do it. Mix 1 cup of milk with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and your homemade buttermilk is done.
1 large onion – sliced into very thin rings
1 cup (250 ml) buttermilk (click here to make your own)
1 cup plain / all-purpose flour
½ tsp salt
Lots of black pepper
1 tsp Cayenne pepper (I’m using chilli powder)
Vegetable oil for frying
Serves 2 – 3
Recipe source: Food Network
Soak the sliced onions in the buttermilk for approx. 45 mins. Use a fork to press them down.
Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
Pour vegetable oil into a medium pot, about 2-inch height from the base. Heat until hot.
Using a pair of tongs or chopsticks, transfer some of the soaked onions to the flour and toss well.
Carefully place into the hot oil and fry them until golden brown, about 1 min.
Repeat with the rest of the onions.
Drain on kitchen paper towels and serve warm with ketchup, chilli sauce or your favorite dip.