Rosemary and Thyme Fried Onion Strips

They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

The expression could just as easily be the way to get your teenage son to spill the dirt about the girl he has a crush on is though his stomach.

This batch of perfectly crispy fried onion strips not only got me her name, height, hair and eye color, but I learned that she’s very smart, funny, kind, often forgets to do her homework, and writes very tiny.

These are some mighty good fried onions!

Rosemary and Thyme Fried Onion Strips
Yields: 4 servings

Vegetable or Canola oil for frying
1 lg. Vidalia onion
½ c. buttermilk
1 egg
1 c. flour
1 ½ tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. dried rosemary
1 tsp. onion powder
½ tsp. garlic powder
Salt to taste

Preheat oil to 350 degrees.

Cut onions into strips or wedges, either will work. I find strips fry a little faster and then they’re bite size (always a plus in my book).
In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk and egg.

In a gallon sized Ziploc bag, combine flour, thyme, rosemary, onion powder and garlic powder. Shake well to combine (seal it first, duh…)

Dip onion strips in buttermilk mixture. Allow excess to drain off and place them into flour mixture and toss to coat evenly. (Again seal the bag first…)

Place in hot oil, being sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry 2-3 minutes until light golden brown and crispy. Drain on paper towel or brown paper bag, and salt to taste.

Repeat with remaining onion strips.

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  1. 1

    Those are some very important facts you learned! My son is 6, so he still tells me everything – but I think any day now that is going to change :( I will have to bookmark this recipe for that day. Well maybe sooner, because onion strips are my favorite! These look amazing!

  2. 2

    I think I’d tell you anything you want to know for a plate of those. This is a strategy I’ll definitely need to remember with Dudette. Tiny writing, huh. That’s encouraging to hear; much better than short text messages. :)

  3. 3

    Jen, those look like they’d be pretty addicting! I’m sure I could get my 11 year old to spill some beans about all things Grade 7 if I offered those up lol!! Funny how my boys will eat onion rings but if I put even the tiniest bit of onion in a stew, soup, chili etc they balk at it. Huh.

  4. 4

    Lol! The things boys will tell their mothers when we cook them good food! These look excellent and I may give up some secrets if you made these for me!

  5. 5

    Gosh, those fried onion strips look perfectly delish. Thanks for sharing such beautiful recipe.
    have a great week ahead.

  6. 6

    Oh my heavens. Onion rings are one of my biggest weaknesses. They’re so good homemade!! I love the addition of herbs in this. I bet it takes them to a whole different level.

  7. 7

    I love these! So yummy!

  8. 8

    These look soooo good. I love the addition of the dried rosemary and dried thyme, what a great idea. :)

  9. 9

    aw!! what a cute post! i must agree, these onion strips look absolutely delicious, i’d spill the beans also! :)

  10. 10

    That’s so cute that he spilled the details of his crush! These look pretty addicting! I just might spill some secrets for a plate of these too 😉

  11. 11

    These look mightly delicious, I understand this being an effective interrogation tool. You have interesting recipes

  12. 12

    Your onion strips look so good, and with the addition of the herbs, they are over the top.”Bribery” with food works every time, especially with boys. I have three grown sons, I should know.)

  13. 13

    I’m really, really scared to make these! I’m afraid I would eat them ALL! So wonderfully delicious~

  14. 14

    Wow, these look perfect! We’re huge onion rings fans in our house and I know these would be a big hit– they look delicious!

  15. 15

    Amazing things you can learn over food. Maybe you should call them Interrogation Onion Strips! …I’d spill my guts for some of them!

  16. 16

    Hahaha! You got lots of info! I have two teenage boys who never tell me all the things I want to know! I will have to give these try! They look wonderful!

  17. 17

    I am hopelessly addicted to onion rings, so I know that I would spill the beans for a plateful (or even fork full) of those onion strips! You are one smart mom.

  18. 18

    All things onion are lovely, but so underrated…thanks for bringing them to the fore front so well!

  19. 19

    I would tell you anything you want for a shot at those onions! I love, love , love onion rings/strips and yours look so light and tasty.

  20. 20

    I love onion rings. I think I could eat that whole plate right now! ;.)))

  21. 21

    Ooooh yummy!! You will have to keep these away from me or I’d eat the whole thing!

  22. 22

    What an elegant take on classic comfort food!

  23. 23

    I’d also tell you anything you’d want to know for a pile of these :) They look and sound so delicious!

  24. 24

    LOL! I agree with Nancy… I’d tell you everything if you make this for me. 😉 Joke aside, I’m going to make this – my husband will be happy with beer. I think onions are always at home and this easy appetizer dish recipe is nice to have!

  25. 25

    Love the idea of thyme in these onion rings.

  26. 26

    Id tell you anything for these! They sound awesome!

  27. 27

    The power of food is amazing! Apparently it’s good truth serum, too! Loved the post and the onion rings look delicious.

  28. 28

    Oh! These onions strips look delicious, specially with thyme and rosemary…love the crispy layer.
    Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great week ahead :-)

  29. 29

    Jen….you should call these ‘truth serum strips’! These are beautiful….I can imagine how sweet and savory they are. And I love that you added rosemary and thyme to the batter! Awesome!

  30. 30

    First time here……We have a same kind of indian inspired fried onions .This reminds me of that.This looks really good…Following your blog straight away..If you have time Check out my blog too..

    I am having a Giveaway..

  31. 31

    i like your pictures and i would like you to invite to share them on

  32. 32

    Nice touch of flavor to a common recipe.

  33. 33

    Jen, I love these! I love onions, but fried onions are the best! Too cute that you used them to get your son to spill about his crush. I must remember that when my son gets older. : )

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