Red Onion Strings

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Red onions soaked in buttermilk and fried. They have a nice tangy flavor that goes great with a homemade ranch dipping sauce.


2 large red onions, sliced thin
3 Cups buttermilk
3 Cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon paprika
1 Tablespoon kosher salt
1 Tablespoon black pepper
2 quarts oil, for frying

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch:

1 Cup buttermilk
1 Cup Greek Yogurt
1/8 Teaspoon paprika
1/8 Teaspoon dried mustard
1/4 Teaspoon fresh dill (don't over-do it)
1 Teaspoon fresh parsley
1 Teaspoon fresh chives
1 Teaspoon lime (or lemon) juice
1 pinch of salt and pepper


1) Slice onions thinly and soak in buttermilk for at least 30 minutes.

2) For ranch, dice fresh herbs finely and mix together with other ingredients in a mason jar.  Shake for 10 seconds to combine well.  You can also whisk everything together in a bowl.

3) Set up a fry station with a thermometer.  Heat oil to 350 degrees.

4) Mix flour with spices (paprika, salt, pepper).

5) Drain onions and let sit for a few seconds.

6) Dip onions in flour and coat lightly.  Then transfer straight to the fryer.

7) Fry for about 5 minutes until they are golden brown.  Work in batches and make sure your oil stays hot.

8) Let drain on a paper towel for a minute and serve immediately!