Paleo And Keto French Fried Onions {Whole30, Gluten Free, & Vegan}

These Paleo And Keto French Fried Onions are perfect on top of hamburgers or a green bean casserole. Plus, they are Whole30, gluten free and can be made egg free and vegan as well!

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These onion strings may not look it, but they’re about the best thing in the world! They’re perfect on top of hamburgers or a green bean casserole.

Today I’m sharing my original Paleo version that I’ve been making for years and a new low-carb Keto version! Admittedly, the original version is a bit easier, but with a few simple tips, the keto version is just as easy and tasty 😊

here are the steps:

Sliced Onion

Start by slicing a large onion then be sure to seperate all of the pieces. If you’re making the original Paleo version you will need to soak the onions in a homemade buttermilk mixture of non-dairy milk and vinegar for at least an hour before frying.

Crushing Pork Rinds

2 Bowls With Flour Mixtures and Beaten EggsIf you’re making the original Paleo version, simply use tongs to coat the buttermilk-soaked onions in a mixture of almond flour, arrowroot or tapioca flour, salt, and pepper and set them aside on a plate.

For the low-carb keto version start by crushing up a bag of pork rinds. You’ll need to crush them very finely without any large pieces or else they won’t stick to the onions. I used a rolling pin, but a food processor would probably do the trick too! Then, place the pork rinds in a large bowl and add some almond flour and seasonings.

One of the problems I had with the keto version is that after I coated about half of the onions, the flour got wet and clumpy and had trouble sticking to the onions. To fix this, I suggest dividing the mixture into 2 bowls, so when the first bowl gets clumpy you can just switch to the 2nd bowl! I’ve also successfully added additional almond flour to dry things out a bit but I think the 2 bowls work better 😊

When your flour is ready to go, use tongs to coat the onions in some beaten eggs then the flour mixture. Then set them aside on a plate.

*Note-The buttermilk mixture does not work with the keto version. The keto version needs the eggs for the flour to stick. Also, do not omit the pork rinds and use all almond flour. The pork rinds are what make the keto version crispy!

Onions Frying

After you have your onions battered and ready to go, fry for a few minutes on each side or until golden brown. SO YUMMY!!! I can’t wait to see what you think, let me know in the comment section below 😊

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Looking for more Paleo and Keto recipes? Check out my Keto Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup and Paleo Pumpkin Pie!

 

Note– If using in a green bean casserole, don’t add until the last 5-10 minutes of baking, otherwise they will burn!

Paleo & Keto French Fried Onions {Gluten Free}

These Paleo And Keto French Fried Onions are perfect on top of hamburgers or a green bean casserole. Plus, they are whole30, gluten free and can be made egg free and vegan as well!
*If using in a green bean casserole don't add until the last 5-10 minutes of baking, otherwise they will burn!
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Course: Appetizer, dairy free, Egg Free, gluten free, keto, paleo, Side Dish, Vegan
Cuisine: American, Thanksgiving
Keyword: gluten free french fried onions, gluten free fried onions, gluten free onion rings, keto french freid onions, keto fried onions, keto onion rings, paleo and egg free fried onions, paleo and egg free onion rings, paleo french fried onions, paleo fried onions, paleo onion rings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servvings
Calories: 233kcal
Author: Cassidy

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Onion
  • 1/2 Cup Avocado Oil or Non-Hydrogenated Shortening or as needed

Original Paleo & Vegan Version:

  • 2 Cups Non-Dairy Milk
  • 2 tsp. White or Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Blanched Almond Flour, finely ground
  • 1 Cup Arrowroot or Tapioca Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Sea Salt
  • 3/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper optional

Keto Version:

  • 2 Large Eggs beaten
  • 2.5 oz. Pork Rinds
  • 1/2 Cup Blanched Almond Flour
  • 3/4 - 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp. Cayenne optional

Instructions

  • Peel and slice the onion thinly. Then, seperate all of the the slices.

Original Paleo Version:

  • Pour the milk and vinegar into a shallow dish and mix well.
  • Place the onions in the shallow dish with the milk mixture. Press the onions down so they're submerged as much as possible. Cover and let them soak for at least an hour or up to overnight.
  • In a bowl, combine the blanched almond flour, arrowroot, salt, and pepper.
  • Using tongs, remove a few onions from the milk mixture and dunk them in the flour mixture. Coat the onions well, shake off the excess, and set them aside on a plate.
  • Heat about 1/2 - 1 inch of oil in a large, shallow pan to 375 degrees. You need a large shallow pan to fit as many onions strings as possible. If you use a smaller pan you will end up needing to cook the onions in several batches and the oil is only good for 2. If the oil isn't 375 degrees when you put the onions in they will either burn or not get crispy, on my oven this is barely below medium heat. An easy way to test the temperature is to throw one onion in and if it immediately sizzles but doesn't go crazy and start popping everywhere... it's good to go 🙂
  • Place as many of the onions in the hot oil that will comfortably fit and cook for 1 - 2 minutes. After the bottoms are golden brown flip them over and cook another 1 - 2 minutes. When both sides are a nice golden brown remove them with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel lined plate.
  • Repeat with the remaining slices. If for some reason you need to make more than 2 batches, you should start over with fresh oil. Serve immediately or can be stored covered in the fridge for one day.

Keto Version:

  • In a large, shallow bowl beat the eggs and set aside.
  • Ground the pork rinds up very finely. If they aren't ground very finely, they will not stick to the onions. I place the pork rinds in a baggie and crushed them with a rolling pin but I'd imagine a food processor would work too!
  • Place the pork rinds in a large bowl and whisk in the almond flour, salt, pepper, mustard powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne (if using).
  • Pour half of the flour mixture into another shallow bowl.
  • Using tongs, dip onions into the eggs then into the flour mixture, coating well with each. Shake off the excess flour and set aside on a plate. After the first bowl of flour runs out or becomes too wet and clumpy to stick to the onions, switch to the 2nd bowl of flour.
  • Heat about 1/2 - 1 inch of oil in a large, shallow pan to 375 degrees. You need a large shallow pan to fit as many onions strings as possible. If you use a smaller pan you will end up needing to cook the onions in several batches and the oil is only good for 2. If the oil isn't 375 degrees when you put the onions in they will either burn or not get crispy, on my oven this is barely below medium heat. An easy way to test the temperature is to throw one onion in and if it immediately sizzles but doesn't go crazy and start popping everywhere... it's good to go 🙂
  • Place as many of the onions in the hot oil that will comfortably fit and cook for 1 - 2 minutes. After the bottoms are golden brown flip them over and cook another 1 - 2 minutes. When both sides are a nice golden brown remove them with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel lined plate.
  • Repeat with the remaining slices. If for some reason you need to make more than 2 batches, you should start over with fresh oil. Serve immediately or can be stored covered in the fridge for one day.
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Notes

Nutritional Info is calculated using the Keto version with 1/4 Cup avocado oil, since not all the oil is used when frying.
For the Paleo version using 1/4 Cup of avocado oil the nutrition info is as follows:
Calories: 280 Carbs: 24 Fat: 19 Protein: 4 Fiber: 3 Net Carbs: 21
Nutrition Facts
Paleo & Keto French Fried Onions {Gluten Free}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 233 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 560mg 23%
Potassium 49mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 2.7%
Vitamin C 3.6%
Calcium 1.7%
Iron 4.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information is approximate and may vary.

 

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Paleo And Keto Fried Onions - 2nd picture

These Keto French Fried Onions are perfect on top of hamburgers or green bean casserole. Plus, they are whole30, gluten free and can be made egg free and Paleo as well!

Posted November 2, 2018 by Cassidy in Egg Free, Keto, Paleo, Sides & Appetizers, Vegan, Whole30 / 15 Comments

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15 responses to “Paleo And Keto French Fried Onions {Whole30, Gluten Free, & Vegan}

  1. Lauren

    Hi there! I just came across this recipe and WOW. I made these fried onions to put in my green bean casserole. I’ve been vegan for years, but just developed a gluten allergy in the past year, so this is my first gluten-free Thanksgiving. I figured I’d give this a try, and if the onions didn’t work out, I’d buy some at the store and not eat any of my casserole this year. To my great delight, these onions are PERFECT. I’m looking forward to indulging in my casserole (and really pleased that I don’t have to go back to the store). Thank you so much for this recipe!

  2. I just made these onion strings for my Thanksgiving green bean casserole and your recipe was literally the highlight of everyone’s day! I started the gluten free lifestyle a year and a half ago and I have been so grateful to find recipes like yours. Thank you a million times over!

  3. Celeste Noland

    These look AMAZING. I love that you’ve included paleo AND keto options, I never would have thought I could make French fried onions paleo! Pinning for Thanksgivinf!

    • Yeah, they’re crazy addictive! I only had about half left to put on my green bean casserole cause we couldn’t stop snacking on them, lol!!

      -Cassidy

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