Gluten-Free French Fried Onions

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These crunchy and flavorful gluten-free French fried onions are so easy to prepare, they are great to add to your green bean casserole for Thanksgiving. They are oven baked instead of deep fried and they taste better than store-bought fried onions!

Gluten-Free French Fried Onions


Easy Gluten-Free French Fried Onions

My hubby and I love green bean casserole topped with French fried onions and for years I haven’t made any for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners because most of the store-bought like French’s French Fried onions contain gluten.

Instead, I would make Green Beans And Potatoes, Easy Green Beans or my Roasted Green Beans recipe. This year, I decided that I will make my own French fried onions from scratch and to my surprise, it turned out easier than I thought.

I decided to adapt my Baked Onion Rings recipe and it was a huge success, crispy onions with a savory gluten-free vegan breading. The perfect topping for my green bean casserole.

Easy French Fried Onions

How To Make Gluten-Free French Fried Onions

  1. Preheat oven 425 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper, lightly oil and set aside.
  2. Peel and slice onions into 1/4 inch strips.
  3. Soak onions in milk for about 5 minutes then coat with breading
  4. Place onions in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes turning halfway.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely, store in an airtight container.

Gluten-Free French Fried Onion Breading

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(Per portion)
  • Energy: 199 kcal / 832 kJ
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Carbs: 39 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 20 min
  • Cooking: 30 min
  • Ready in: 50 min
For: 4 Servings



  1. Preheat oven 425 degrees F. Lind a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly oil. Soak onions in milk for 5 minutes in a bowl.
  2. In another bowl, mix rice flour, cornmeal, nutritional yeast flakes, tapioca starch, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and salt.
  3. Dip soaked onion strips into breading until well coated. Transfer to prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Repeat until all are breaded. Spray liberally with cooking oil spray.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes turning halfway or until golden brown and crispy. Remove from oven and cool completely. To store place french fried onions in a sealed container.


Gluten-Free Vegan French Fried Onions

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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Susie Benefield
    November 25, 2020

    Can you substitute almond flour for the rice flour?

  2. Kim
    November 13, 2020

    How long will these keep?

  3. shannon
    November 4, 2020

    This looks fabulous and I am going to try it this weekend. What do you think about substituting coconut milk for the almond milk? I am trying to stay away from almonds at the moment.

  4. Susan
    December 25, 2019

    We enjoyed your recipe today for Christmas. I substituted oat flour for the cornmeal because of an allergy. Still worked well.

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      December 25, 2019

      That is awesome Susan, I’m so happy it worked with your adjustment, thank you for leaving your feedback.

  5. Bre
    December 23, 2019

    Is the nutritional yeast for flavor and nutritional value, or does it texturally do something for the onions as well?

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      December 23, 2019

      They are both for flavor, and they are used as a B12 supplement for vegans. However, I believe the recipe will be fine without it.

  6. Andrea
    November 27, 2019

    Oh my goodness thank you for this! I have been batch frying onions to make this every year for Thanksgiving and woke up this morning dreading the process (the oil spits, controlling the temp, the burned batches…bleh). Don’t know why I never considered oven roasting.
    Thanks again for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      November 27, 2019

      Andrea, I’m so happy this method will help you, I understand, its like punishment frying and getting oil spills on your arms. Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Kaitlin
    November 25, 2019

    Does this work with regular milk?

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      November 25, 2019

      I don’t know because I don’t use milk.

    • Brett
      November 25, 2020

      Kaitlin, did you have any luck with regular milk? I reallly don’t want to make another run to the store.

  8. Tina
    November 15, 2019

    Going to try this for Thanksgiving (green bean casserole), as we now have family with gluten sensitivity. Thanks for an easy to follow recipe!

  9. Pilgrim
    November 14, 2018

    Thank you so much for your recipe, It sounds so flavorful. I can’t wait to try it.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      November 14, 2018

      You are welcome Pilgrim, please enjoy!