Recipe By Nancy
Published Nov 8th
Prep 10m Cook 10m Additional 5m Ready In 25m
Servings 5 to 6 cups Calories 38.5

A homemade alternative to the Durkee® brand. I use these for casserole recipes. I will never buy store-bought French fried onions again. This recipe makes a lot! I often just use one onion and about 1/2 cup of milk and 1 cup of 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!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 large onions, sliced into thin rings
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch garlic powder, or to taste
  • 1 pinch onion powder, or to taste
  • 1 pinch ground white pepper, or to taste
  • salt to taste
  • vegetable oil for frying

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Soak onions in milk for 5 minutes.
  2. 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. 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.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 38.5
  • Carbohydrate 6.4 g
  • Cholesterol 1 mg
  • Fat 0.9 g
  • Fiber 0.4 g
  • Protein 1.2 g
  • Saturated Fat 0.2 g
  • Sodium 9.5 mg
  • Sugar 1.1 g

Chef's Notes

Use any seasonings you prefer; 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.


  1. Easy to make and tasted great. Will make this again.
  2. I made a smaller portion using 1 onion, 1/2 c milk and 1 c flour. I made them with canola oil in the air fryer and they came out delish!
  3. WOW!! Never buy them again.. try using different seasonings. Cajun is awesome!!
  4. perfect for a gluten free version. I made with arrowhead mills gluten free baking mix, and fried in coconut oil. Very tasty but not as crispy as the store bought version, maybe due to the gluten free mix.
  5. Loved this! I was in a super hurry for a quick batch and didnt' have the onion powder or garlic powder, so I made it with just one onion (per the instructions in the intro, above) using only milk, flour, salt and pepper. Fantastic! Others in the kitchen tried a taste fresh from the fryer - Read more ...
  6. I will use it again when out Of store bought
  7. Absolutely delicious!!! I even substituted gluten free flour (Bob's Red Mill brand) and they turned out perfectly! I will definitely make these again.
  8. I was skeptical amount the amount of onions it called for since I only make my casserole in a loaf pan, but they were so good, I had to hide them from my wife so I still had some for Thanksgiving!
  9. So easy, so quick and so delicious, definitely make more than you plan to because they are just that good you can't help but eating it all.

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