Gluten-Free French Fried Onions

Crafted with a homemade, healthier approach (no deep frying!), this version of French’s Fried Onions is gluten-free and vegan, making it incredibly easy to whip up! Try these crispy gluten-free French fried onions for your next green bean casserole!

fried onions in a skillet.

Easy, Gluten-Free French Fried Onions

I wanted to create a healthier recipe of French’s Fried Onions and I must say I’m super impressed with myself! These homemade French fried onions are lower in carbohydrates and overall calories perfect for those looking for a lighter option.

Of course, you could always buy store-bought, but this made-from-scratch version is super quick and easy with minimal prep time, as it’s just 5 simple ingredients and just 5 minutes to cook. 

This batch is big enough to top my Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole Recipe, perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner!


  • sliced onions such as yellow, white, or Vidalia onions
  • garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • brown rice flour
  • cooking oil such as olive oil or avocado oil 
Sliced onions in a bowl of flour.

How to make Gluten-Free French Fried Onions

  1. Slice the Onions: Peel and thinly slice the onions with a sharp knife or mandoline. Separating the slices into rings will help with even coating and frying.
  2. Prepare the Coating: In a bowl, mix the brown rice flour with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. 
  3. Coat the Onions: Toss the onion slices in the flour mixture until they are well coated. Shake off any excess flour.
  4. Heat the Skillet: In a skillet, heat oil in a pan over medium heat, just enough to coat the bottom. Make sure the oil is hot but not smoking. Too much oil can cause the onions to be soggy.
  5. Fry the Onions: Place the coated onion rings in a single layer in the hot skillet. Cook until the onions become golden brown and crispy, flipping them occasionally to ensure even cooking. Cook in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pan, so the onions get crispy.
  6. Drain Excess Oil: Once the onions are crispy and golden, use a slotted spoon or tongs to transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess hot oil.
  7. Season Again if Desired: While the onions are still hot, you can sprinkle them with a bit more salt or your favorite seasoning for an extra burst of flavor.
Onions coated in seasoned flour.

How to serve Gluten-Free French Fried Onions

Crispy fried onions are great for topping casseroles like this Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole! Use them as a crunchy topping for salads, float a handful on soup, or sprinkle on a bowl of pasta. They’re also great on their own as a snack!

Storage Instructions

Can I store Gluten-Free Fried Onions?  Gluten-free fried onions are best enjoyed immediately to maintain their crispiness. However, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days.

Fried onions on a plate.

Looking for more Gluten-Free Recipes? Try these:

Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole

Coconut Curry Chicken

Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

Low Carb Chicken Tacos

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gluten free fried onions on a plate.

Gluten-Free French Fried Onions

Crisp perfection in gluten-free French Fried Onions – a delicious, crunchy twist for a range of dishes. Easy, homemade, & utterly satisfying.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 89 kcal


  • 2 cups onions (thinly sliced and halved)
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1/2 traspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • Peel and slice the onion in half, using a sharp knife. Slice thinly and evenly, about 1/16 of an inch. I recommend using a mandoline to slice the onions and then cut the slices in half.
  • In a small mixing bowl, mix the flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Coat the onion rings in the flour mixture.
  • Heat 1-2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the onions in a single layer, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Cook until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes, flipping them occasionally to ensure even cooking. Repeat with remaining onions, working in batches.
  • Once the onions are crispy and golden, use a slotted spoon or tongs to transfer them to a plate lined with a paper towel. Repeat with remaining onions.


Calories: 89kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 35mgPotassium: 105mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 0.3mg
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