Okay, people you are in luck today… you are getting a two-for (2-for-1) today! Why? Well, these onion straws are not just a component of my Green Bean Casserole… they can stand on their own (and deserve a post of their own as well)!! They are that good.

These babies can be used as a topping for casseroles, burgers, and even salads! OR, better yet, you can serve them as a killer appetizer on game day (accompanied by my absolute favorite Ranch Dressing, of course). The fellas will LOVE you.

On another note: this is a seriously economical appetizer… one onion makes a TON of onion straws – it’s kind of crazy how it seems to “grow”. One onion will serve a crowd of hungry men (and women). SCORE.

I really have nothing more to say to you. These onion straws speak for themselves (“eat me”).

I’ll leave you with this, hubs and I ate about 1/2  a batch while frying them up last night (true story). Totally spoiled our dinner. We *might* have just eaten onion straws for dinner… haha

Yah, pretty much cancelled out my spin class last night (oh, well – it was totally worth it)…

My new motto: “When life gives you onions… make onion straws.” They will change your life.

True Story.

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Crispy Onion Straws

Yield: 6 cups onion straws

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 - 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 - 30 minutes


1 large red onion, peeled and very thinly sliced (i like to use my mandolin)
1 1/2 cups lowfat buttermilk
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 - 1 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
canola oil for frying
additional salt


Preheat oil in a deep pot (or fryer if you have one) to 350°. Add onions and buttermilk to a large bowl and toss until combined. In a second bowl, mix together flour, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and cayenne.

In small batches, take the buttermilk coated onions and dredge in the seasoned flour (shaking to remove excess), and fry for 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 minutes on each side (or until golden). Place on a paper towel line platter and sprinkle with a tiny bit of salt. Repeat until all onions are golden and crisp.

Serve with Garlic Ranch Dressing (or ketchup).