A ridiculously tasty side, tobacco onions are so much more than a standard onion dish. Like onion rings but with a whole new level of flavour, just one mouthful and you’ll be hooked.
They’re certainly as addictive as their namesake, but without the downside. So, fry up these bad boys and dig in. Once you get a taste you’ll be reaching for more.
Items you’ll need for this recipe
- Deep fat fryer – deep frying the onions will get them extra crispy.
- Deep frying pan – you could also use a deep frying pan.
- Vegetable oil – vegetable oil is the best oil to use for this recipe.
- Mixing bowl – you’ll need two mixing bowls: one for coating the onions in flour and the other to prepare the spice mix
- Plain flour – you’ll need to dust the onions in flour to get that nice crispy texture.
- Paper towels – you’ll need to use paper towels to remove excess grease.
- Cayenne pepper – cayenne pepper gives these crispy tobacco onions an earthy flavor.
- Sweet paprika – sweet paprika also brings a nice earthy spiciness.
- Garlic granules – add some garlic granules to make this crispy side extra tasty.
Recipe for tobacco onions
This tobacco onion recipe is so simple you’ll be wondering why you’ve never tried it before. Well, better late than never!
A smokin’ side dish that’s made up of a few simple ingredients, crispy tobacco onions go perfectly on the plate alongside steak, burgers, chops – pretty much any kind of rich tasty meat dish will be taken to new heights by tobacco fried onions.
Making this recipe is so simple. It’s just a matter of heating the oil in the fryer - or saucepan if you haven’t got one - finely slicing the onions, coating them in the delicious seasoning mix and deep frying them until crispy and golden brown.
What are tobacco onions?
So, they look and sound great, but what are they? They are crispy deep fried onions, seasoned with a few spices, salt, pepper and sometimes garlic.
Why are they called tobacco onions?
The name was coined as far back as the 1980s by famous chef Dean Fearing. While working at the Mansion restaurant on Turtle Creek in Dallas, Texas, he named the recipe because the curly, brown, dried onions looked like dried tobacco leaves.
How do you store tobacco onions?
If you have leftovers, you can keep them in the fridge for around 3–5 days. Just keep them in an airtight container, for extra freshness.
How do you reheat tobacco onions?
To reheat leftovers, preheat the oven to 190°C / fan 170°C / 375°F / gas mark 5. The heat for 10-15 minutes, or until properly heated through.
What goes well with tobacco onions?
- Sous vide beef cheeks – a melt in your mouth beef recipe that will taste amazing with this side dish.
- Beef fillet with garlic and mushroom butter – another mouthwatering side that will taste incredible with these smoky onions.
- Minted lamb burgers – a supremely tasty burger dish that will taste even better with smoky fried onions on the side.
- Lamb noisettes with rosemary sauce – a stunning lamb dish that would pair fantastically well with this smokin’ side.
- Butternut and chickpea burger – pair this crispy side with a delicious butternut and chickpea burger for an incredible vegetarian meal.
- Roast marrow - to add some greens to your plate.
- Parmentier potatoes - no one can say no to herby, crispy potatoes!
- Rosemary potatoes - hasselback new potatoes cooked with olive oil, garlic and rosemary until golden and crispy.
- Salt and pepper chips - Crispy homemade fries tossed with a flavorful blend of salt, pepper, and other seasonings, perfect for a delicious snack or side dish.
More onion recipes
- Caramelised onions – an amazing dish with a rich, sweet flavour.
- Balsamic onions – this sweet tangy side goes with everything from cheese to pate, or as a delicious burger topping.