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Crispy Onion Strings

Crispy Onion Strings

A huge pile of crispy, brown onion strings are hard to resist. Added to a hot pastrami sandwich, they become a crunchy, addicting foil to fragrant, soft pastrami.

Crispy onion strings can be made up to 1 hour before serving and can be lightly reheated in a 350°F oven, spread out on a lined baking sheet. 

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  • 6+Servings


  • Several cups of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large Spanish onions, sliced into strings
  • ½ cup rice flour, for dredging
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle dark beer
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


1. Line a baking sheet with several layers of paper towels. 

2. Prepare 1 bowl to fit inside another bowl that is filled with ice water (this will keep gluten from forming and will keep the batter crispy and light).

3. Whisk beer, flour, rice flour, baking powder, cayenne, salt, and pepper in smaller bowl to form the batter.

4. Heat oil in a heavy gauge pan to 360°F. Dredge onion strings in rice flour, a few at a time, then dredge in batter, and fry in hot oil until golden brown. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with salt.

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