Onion Strings

Total Time:
1 hr 20 min
10 min
1 hr
10 min

2 servings


Begin by peeling the onions and slicing very thinly, use a mandoline slicer if you can. Separate the onion slices and place them in a shallow baking dish and pour the buttermilk over the top. Press the onions down so they're submerged as much as possible and let them soak on the counter for at least an hour. If necessary, stir them around a bit halfway through the soaking process.

In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, black pepper and cayenne, and set aside.

Pour 1 to 2 quarts canola oil in a pot or Dutch oven. Heat to 375 degrees F, or until a pinch of flour sizzles when sprinkled over the pot.

Using tongs, remove a handful of onions from the buttermilk and immediately dunk into the flour mixture. Coat the onions in the flour mixture, and then tap them on the inside of the bowl to shake off the excess.

Plunge the onions in the hot oil. With a spoon, fiddle with them a bit just to break them up, and watch them! They'll be ready to remove from the oil in no time flat.

When they're golden brown (this should take just a minute or two), remove them from the oil and place on a paper towel-lined plate.

Repeat with the remaining onion slices and serve immediately.

Pile these on top of a juicy grilled hamburger - to die for!

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    My kids loved these and they don't eat onions.
    I watched this episode and asked my daughter if she would want to make them for mother's day dinner, she said yes and it would be her first time frying. we cut the onion and soaked and required followed recipe, use cyan seasoning in the flour. These came out excellent she fried them in Olive oil which gave them and really nice crispness. These werea great topping for the pork or on their own as a snack. Thanks Ree.
    For some reason mine are coming out soggy :/ Any suggestions at what I could be doing wrong?
    The oil may not be hot enough, wait until you see little bubbles in the oil
    very good
    These were awesome and easy to make. I served them with BBQ ribs and potato salad.
    these were wonderful and got all raves from everyone...worth the mess!
    Easy and delicious! Worth the mess! So many ways to use them-I served them as a side to a filet roast, but will use them on burgers, green bean casserole, to garnish french onion soup, as a snack, etc.
    Super Delicious! love how you soak them in buttermilk. I even added Season all into the flour mix :) it was delicious!
    I made these today to top Guy's Homemade Green Been Casserole w/ Mushroom Gravy. We kept eating them as they came out of the pan. Awesome! Question: Our dinner party was cancelled. How should I store these to use tomorrow? Anyone have any suggestions?
    Fabulous. Amazing. They vanished!
    These were unbelievable! Every bit as good, if not better than store bought French fried onions...I will be replacing those with this home made version. While not necessarily healthier because of the frying, at least I know what's going into my family's mouth (aka no preservatives!). I did find it difficult to cut the onions so thin, but finally a good excuse to purchase a mandolin. Thanks for the AWESOME recipe Ree!
    I've made the onion strings many times and there are never any left sooo very good
    Wow! These were absolutely fantastic. My daughter and I were watching scary movies and ate these as a snack. We both loved them! Plus, just two onions make a huge pile.
    Great for a day of indulgence! My kids, who claim to hate onions, can wipe a plate out in no time. Any time my husband sees buttermilk and a bag of onions in my hand his mouth starts to water. Excellent for football!
    Totale awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    A little time consuming but they are too die for!!!!!!!!!
    These onion strings are addicting!!! And so good!!!
    I always thought I needed a new side dish and when I saw this on the show, I thought I needed to try it, despite using all that oil. I made them to go with from scratch sloppy joes and BOY, were they fantastic. I got the stamp of approval from my husband - you know how good it is when you hear "they look professional". Thank you Ree. This is such a welcome change to boring side dishes. The spices were perfect. Soaking them in the buttermilk and then dipping them in the flour was so easy. And watching them cook in the oil was so cool to see it turn to what you thought it needed to be. Definitely a recipe that I will be using alot!
    These onion strings are FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!!!!!! They are super easy to make and soaking the rings in the buttermilk is a great thing to do. The seasoned flour is perfect!!!! I made the onion strings to go along with Ree's mini meatball sandwiches from her Time Tested episode. Perfect and so addictive!!!! Now I longer need to get the greasy restaurant appetizers where half of them don't get touched. I also surprised my husband with the meal since he thought we were just going to have grilled cheese!!! I give this infinity X infinity stars!!!! Thanks Ree!!!
    I tried this after seeing Ree's demonstration and it is a good as it looks. I used two large onions and easily got an entire cookie sheet of onion rings. My husband ate them without sauce or additional salt. The seasoning in the flour is on point. Thanks Ree.
    These were awesome!! BEWARE...so addicting! Well done, Ree;
    These are ADDICTIVE! These are a must at all our fish fry's.
    this was a good concept, however the rings did not turn out right, not sure what we could have done differently. we will try again however.
    how did they not turn out right?
    Um, yeah...info on what was a failure would help!
    These are soooo good! I will be making these again and I'll try them on a hamburger next time, these are great!
    These were absolutely fabulous!! Use large sweet onions. So much better than attempting an onion ring recipe. You'll think you are having an appetizer at a local restaurant.
    Super easy! Super fast! An absolute hit at our family gathering. We couldn't get them fixed fast enough. Some ate them as a side, some ate them on their hamburgers and some added them to their salad. We added a little more cayenne pepper than the recipe calls for but we love it "hot". You can't go wrong with this.
     Way to go Pioneer Woman!!!
     P.S. This is the first ever review I've written. This is the first recipe, other than one of my mothers, that got a "thumbs up" from everyone!!!
    Wow! If I'm not carefully, I could easily get addicted to this! I had the onions finely chopped and soaking in the buttermilk, so at 11 at night, when I was about to start my mom's chocolate birthday cake, i decided to make these.... I just put some oil in a small saucepan and fried 'em up nice and quick. Unbelievable. So fast. So tasty. So crispy. Mmmmm..... 
    I can't wait to teach this to my niece and nephew. Definitely a great recipe to ease people into deep frying. this was quick and easy!! Thanks Ree!
    These are wonderful. Stack them on a burger, serve them as a side, you won't be able to get enough of them.
    Seriously easy to make and delicious. I made theses for our Super Bowl party and they were devoured. We added them to our burgers as Ree suggested and they were outstanding. Their texture is awesome; so crispy! I highly recommend you purchase an oil thermometer. It's the difference between the perfect crisp or soggy rings.
    Took these up to my dads bunkhouse and he loved them. Next time I will make a dipping sauce but i really like think soaking them in buttermilk makes all the difference.
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