Crispy Fried Onions

What is Crispy Fried Onion?

Crispy Fried Onions are a form of savoury sprinkles that are made of small pieces of onions (usually 2-5mm in length), coated in a slurry of either wheat, rice, or corn starch batter and deep fried in oil.
The resultant product is crunchy and tastes primarily of onions and slight salt.

How has fried onion been used traditionally?

Crispy Fried Onions were traditionally homemade in small fresh batches to be used as a topping on starch-based meals. Typically when prepared at home, the onions are not as crunchy as commercial varieties and also consume a lot of time in preparation and stage in terms of frying oil.

Many cultures around the world like Indian, Japanese and Thai have used crispy fried onions as a way of adding texture and extra onion flavour on top of meals like biryani. Udon noodles or Pad Thai.

How is fried onion used in modern food?

Today due to large-scale manufacturing and easy availability of crispy fried onions throughout the year, this ingredient has become a staple in many restaurant kitchens. Chefs use it as a reliable and easy way to add crunch and the aroma and flavour of onions on top of prepared meals.

Generally, the fried onions are sprinkled as the last topping on a plate of food like steaming rice, soup noodles, or stir-frys. It offers a great variation in texture against scratch-heavy meals like the softness of rice or noodles against the crispiness of fried onions.

Which cuisines use fried onions?

Traidiontlaly a lot of Southeast Asian cuisines used crispy fried onions in their meals. This includes but is not limited to  Indian, Japanese, Thai, and Korean cuisines.

However, today being readily available this ingredient can be used in practically any cuisine of food. For example, a simple butternut squash soup can now be garnished with crispy fried onions to add texture, flavour, and visual interest to the meal. Similarly, even a simple green leafy salad can have tipping of crispy fried onions to add an element of crunch.

What dishes can fried onions be used on?

While there are a  plethora of options to use this ingredient, some of our favorite ways to use it are –

  1. Indian Biryani
  2. Pad Thai
  3. Rolled on sushi
  4. Udon Noodles
  5. Stir Fried Vegetables
  6. Bowl of hot squash soup

What is the ingredient of crispy fried onions?

Crispy Fried Onions are made of 3-4 simple ingredients –

  1. Fresh Onions
  2. Wheat or Rice or Cornstarch slurry
  3. Oil
  4. Salt (optional)

How is Cheeky Food’s Crispy Fried Onion better than other commercial varieties?

At Cheeky with our commitment to eliminating allergens from all many commercial ingredients as possible, we have developed a new range of Gluten Free Crispy Fried Onions. These are the first and only Crispy Fried Onions that are Gluten Free and Palm Oil free – making them more allergen-friendly and environment-friendly for restaurants and chefs to use

Here is a chart of how our fried onions compare nutritionally to other commercial varieties.

How to Buy?

Cheeky Food’s Gluten Free Crispy Fried Onions are available in 1kg chef bags and can be purchased by contacting our sales team.

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Frequently Answered Questions

What are Sprinkles ?

Sprinkles are seasoning mixes of superfood seeds, spices and herbs that are an easy way to add flavour, texture and nutrition to everyday meals.

While a spice mix is usually used during cooking, sprinkles are ready to eat and can be added on top of finished meals to improve the flavour and visual impact of the dish.

A Sprinkle a day keeps the bland away. Sprinkles can be your chef’s new best friend to quickly add layers of flavour to a base recipe.
For example, the same base soup can be flavours with a Coconut Thai Sprinkle or a Japanese Shichimi Sprinkles creating two completely unique end dishes.
Our sprinkles are also premixed in the right proportions to cut down cooking time for your kitchen staff.

We only use BRC certified suppliers and contractors for our entire supply chain.
We also do positive release for evert batch produced ensuring full quality assurance.

Yes. With 5 years of development experience for some of the leading food manufacturers and restaurant chains across UK.
We can take your sprinkle/seasoning brief from an idea to samples and finally to production.
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We take approximately 4 weeks for our bespoke service.
This includes collecting brief, creating 2 bespoke sprinkles and fine tuning your preferred one to a final recipe.
Of course, based on any specific requirements like specialised ingredients or delays in feedback can make the process longer.
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We usually take 4 weeks from acceptance of purchase order to delivery.
If your lead times are shorter, please do discuss this with us.

All our products are Nut Free. We offer Allergen Free alternatives to some of the usual commercial ingredients like our Gluten Free Crispy Fried OnionSesame Free Togarashi and Nut Free Dukkah.
To see our full range of allergen free opliions, please see here