Enjoy these gluten-free French fried onions on your green bean casserole or to top your other favorite dishes.
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If you love green bean casserole around Thanksgiving, you’re probably familiar with the crispy delicious bits on top. The best part of the whole dish if you ask me… the French fried onions.
If you follow a gluten-free diet, you may be wondering if you can still enjoy crispy bits of flavor. In this post, we’re going to talk about if French fried onions are a good option for you, and what to enjoy instead.
We’ll wrap this post up with a recipe for homemade gluten-free French fried onions, so you can quickly and easily have these on hand whenever you need them.
Are French fried onions gluten-free?
The traditional French fried onions you’d find in a can at the grocery store usually contain gluten. The most common brand, French’s, contains “Onions, Palm Oil, Wheat Flour, Salt and Dextrose” according to their website.
Gluten-free French Fried Onions Brands
If traditional French fried onions contain gluten, are there brands that you will be able to buy and use on your favorite dishes?
Here are some gluten-free French fried onion brands and options to be on the lookout for.
- Sprouts Gluten-free French Fried Onions
- Live G-Free Original French Fried Onions
- Natural Earth Products Organic Gluten-free French Fried Crispy Onions
- Nawabi Non-coated Crispy Fried Onions
- Queen’s Premium Birista Non-Coated Fried Onions
Where can I buy gluten-free French fried onions?
You may have luck finding gluten-free French fried onions around Thanksgiving when the other French fried onion products are widely available at larger grocery stores.
Otherwise, you’ll have the best luck either at Sprouts, if you have one of these stores locally, or on Amazon.
How To Make Gluten-free French Fried Onions
Prepare the oven and baking sheet
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Spread the olive or avocado oil on a rimmed baking sheet.
Make the coating
In a large bowl, mix together the gluten-free all-purpose flour blend, salt, and pepper.
Soak the onions
In a separate bowl, add the onions and coconut milk. Stir the onions until coated with the milk. Let sit for a few minutes to mellow out the strong onion flavor.
Transfer the onions to baking sheet
Using tongs, transfer the onions to the gluten-free flour blend mixture to coat them in the flour, then transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat the transferring process until all the onions are on the baking sheet.
Bake the onions into French fried onions
Bake the onions for about 30 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes, until crispy and golden brown.
Serve and enjoy
Serve on green bean casserole, burgers, on soup, chili, or anything else you can think of!
Notes about Gluten-free French fried onions
You’ll notice first and foremost that these homemade gluten-free French fried onions aren’t fried at all. I decided to bake these onions instead of fry them for a few reasons.
The first is having to deal with hot oil and frying. I’m not a fan of frying food at home and having pots of oil in my kitchen.
Second, this recipe was extremely hands off except having to flip the onions a few times. I like keeping things simple when I can.
These gluten-free French fried onions don’t come out the yellowish brown you’re probably used to seeing in French fried onions.
These will be more white in color than yellow, mainly because we baked the onions instead of fried them. If you want more of a golden color, you can add a bit of turmeric to the coating if you wish.
If you want to fry these onions, you’re more than welcome to, as you would any other fried food. The recipe itself doesn’t change, it’s only the method.
How to make French fried onions gluten-free
To make homemade French fried onions gluten-free, you’ll want to use a gluten-free all-purpose flour in place of the traditionally used wheat flour.
What gluten-free flour should I use?
I use and prefer King Arthur Gluten-free Measure for Measure blend. You can use any gluten-free all-purpose flour that you like.
How to make French fried onions dairy-free
To make this recipe dairy-free, use coconut milk or other dairy-free milk to soak the onions in before coating them with the gluten-free flour mixture.
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp olive or avocado oil
- ¾ cup coconut milk (from a carton)
- ¾ cup gluten-free all-purpose flour blend
- ½ tsp salt
- ⅛ tsp pepper
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Spread the olive or avocado oil on a rimmed baking sheet.
- In a large bowl, mix together the gluten-free all-purpose flour blend, salt, and pepper.
- In a separate bowl, add the onions and coconut milk. Stir the onions until coated with the milk. Let sit for a few minutes to mellow out the strong onion flavor.
- Using tongs, transfer the onions to the gluten-free flour blend mixture to coat them in the flour, then transfer to the prepared baking sheet.
- Repeat the transferring process until all the onions are on the baking sheet.
- Bake the onions for about 30 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes, until crispy and golden brown.
- Serve on green bean casserole, burgers, on soup, chili, or anything else you can think of!
You can opt to fry the onions with this recipe instead of baking if you wish.
Add a bit of turmeric to the coating for a more yellowish golden brown color.
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I hope that if you’ve been looking for a gluten-free French fried onion recipe for your favorite green bean casserole, that this recipe works well for you!