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Monica's favorite gear for
making Onion Strings
This convenient all-in-one set for a grating and slicing tasks works great for thinly slicing the onions in this recipe. It's dishwasher safe, too.
This 9" microwave-safe pie plate is perfect for making a batch of these onion strings. (It's my go-to pie plate for actual pies, too!)

Easy Microwave "Fried" Onion Strings

a healthier topping for green bean casserole, biryani, and more


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"Fried" Onion Strings in the Microwave

By Monica              makes 1 cup
These easy, crispy onions are a snap to make in the microwave. They're a tasty, healthier option for topping green bean casserole. Try them sprinkled over roasted veggies or on sandwiches for some added crunch and flavor. #OnionStrings #FriedOnions #Topping #GreenBeanCasserole #Biryani #Thanksgiving

These easy, crispy onions are a snap to make in the microwave. They're a healthier option for topping green bean casserole. Try them sprinkled on roasted veggies, Indian biryani, or sandwiches for some added crunch and flavor.

Ingredients
  • 2 small or 1 large onion (2 cups sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions
Cut peeled onions in half from pole to pole. Using a mandolin or very sharp knife, slice onions into very thin strips--approx. 1/16 inch thick.

Place onions on microwave safe plate or pie plate, add olive oil and salt, stir with fork to coat onions thoroughly. Distribute onions in even layer on plate.

Microwave on high for a total of 12 to 13 minutes*, stirring after 4 minutes, 8 minutes, and each minute after that. Each time you stop and stir onions, use two forks to pull apart clumps and redistribute onions evenly over surface of plate. After minute 8, keep a close watch on them, as they can go from browned to burnt quickly. Stop cooking as soon as they are evenly cooked, browned, and crispy. (It's okay if there are a few "burnt" bits.) Cool completely and store in airtight container at room temperature.

*Microwave time is based on 1100 watt microwave. Microwaves vary in power and evenness of cooking. To prevent burning, it's important to keep a close watch on onions and make necessary adjustments to cooking time, stirring them often as they begin to brown. The more unevenly your microwave cooks, the more often you need to stop and stir the onions.


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These easy, crispy onions are so easy to make in the microwave using only 3 ingredients. I first experimented with trying to make these on the stove top and in the oven. Much to my surprise, the microwave turned out to be the best and easiest way to make crispy onion strings that are a tasty topping for green bean casserole; and they're much healthier than the canned, fried version that is traditionally used.

Lighter and better! Honestly, I prefer this lighter, unbattered, unfried version. As these onions cook in the microwave, they sweat and release their moisture. As they dry and shrivel, they get brown and crispy. That process concentrates the onion flavor, providing a delicious flavor punch when sprinkled on a variety of foods.

So many uses! You can think way beyond green bean casserole for uses for these tasty onions. For extra flavor and crunch, try them on:

  • roasted vegetables
  • sandwiches
  • scrambled eggs
  • soups
  • rice (particularly Indian biryani)
  • savory dips

Step-by-step photos for making
Microwave "Fried" Onion Strings

 

Step 1: Assemble the ingredients.

  • onions
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt

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Step 2. Slice the onions. You want them super thin--approx. 1/16 inch thick. You can use a very sharp knife, but a mandoline-type slicer makes it so much easier. First cut the ends off the onion and cut it in half from pole to pole. Then cut into long thin slices.

view on Amazon:  my multi-tasking slicer/grater

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Step 3. Place onions on a microwave-safe plate or pie plate, add olive oil and salt, stir with a fork to coat the onions thoroughly. Distribute onions in an even layer on the plate.

Step 4. Microwave on high for a total of approx. 12 to 13 minutes, stirring after 4 minutes, 8 minutes, and each minute after that. Each time you stop and stir onions, use two forks to pull apart clumps and redistribute onions evenly over surface of the plate.

  • NOTE: Microwave time is based on my 1100 watt microwave. Microwaves vary in power and evenness of cooking. To prevent burning, it's important to keep a close watch on the onions and make necessary adjustments to the cooking time, stirring them often as they begin to brown. The more unevenly your microwave cooks, the more often you need to stop and stir the onions.

view on Amazon:  Pyrex pie plate

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After a few minutes of cooking, onions will begin to sweat and shrivel. They will clump together when you stir them, so be sure to pull apart clumps into an even layer each time you stop the microwave to stir--this will promote even browning.

Step 6. Once they begin to brown (usually after minute 8), keep a close watch on them. They can go from browned to burnt quickly. Below are photos of onions cooked 11 minutes (on the left) and12 minutes (on the right). It's okay if there are a few burnt bits in there, but you want the majority of the onions to be evenly browned. 30 more seconds, and these would have been too burnt to use.

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Done! Once you've figured out the timing for your microwave, these are so easy to make over and over again. They taste AMAZING! The onion flavor concentrates as they dry and shrivel. The only hard part is resisting snacking on them so they don't disappear too soon.

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Let the onions cool completely and then store them in an airtight container at room temperature.

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Of course, I sprinkle these yummy, crispy onions over the top of green bean casserole. They're the perfect finishing touch.

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Try sprinkling these over roasted potatoes or brussel sprouts--so amazingly delicious!

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Make it a Yummy day!

Monica

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"Fried" Onion Strings in the Microwave
By Monica              Servings: makes 1 cup
Ingredients
  • 2 small or 1 large onion (2 cups sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Directions
Cut peeled onions in half from pole to pole. Using a mandolin or very sharp knife, slice onions into very thin strips--approx. 1/16 inch thick.

Place onions on microwave safe plate or pie plate, add olive oil and salt, stir with fork to coat onions thoroughly. Distribute onions in even layer on plate.

Microwave on high for a total of 12 to 13 minutes*, stirring after 4 minutes, 8 minutes, and each minute after that. Each time you stop and stir onions, use two forks to pull apart clumps and redistribute onions evenly over surface of plate. After minute 8, keep a close watch on them, as they can go from browned to burnt quickly. Stop cooking as soon as they are evenly cooked, browned, and crispy. (It's okay if there are a few "burnt" bits.) Cool completely and store in airtight container at room temperature.

*Microwave time is based on 1100 watt microwave. Microwaves vary in power and evenness of cooking. To prevent burning, it's important to keep a close watch on onions and make necessary adjustments to cooking time, stirring them often as they begin to brown. The more unevenly your microwave cooks, the more often you need to stop and stir the onions.
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Posted on Thursday, November 16th, 2017

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