Quick Tasty Onion Fry

7 Nov

This side dish of quick tasty onion fry is perfectly suited for a work-night meal. It uses few ingredients, doesn’t need much cooking time and, with its delicate honey soy dressing, is so flavorful you’d hardly believe it can be put together so effortlessly.

Quick Tasty Onion Fry 

You Need:

  • Onions – 4-5
  • Nigella seeds (kalonji) – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sesame seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Chili flakes- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Soy sauce – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – To taste
  • Honey – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Olive oil – 2 teaspoons

How To Make Quick Tasty Onion Fry:

Peel and slice onions into thin rings horizontally. Retain only the even-shaped rings of the onion for this recipe. Use the ends and the core in some other dish.

Onion Rings

I normally use the rest of the onion finely chopped in raita, or in curries that call for ground onions, as baby potatoes in onion fenugreek masala, or gobhi masala.

Heat a non-stick pan and drizzle two teaspoons of olive oil. Add the nigella seeds and when they splutter, add sesame seeds and tip in the sliced onion rings. Let the onion rings brown lightly on medium-high heat. Keep turning the onion rings around so that they don’t burn.

When the onion has slightly browned, sprinkle salt, chili flakes and toss. Finish with soy sauce and honey.

Quick tasty onion fry is ready.

Serve on the side with chapatis and a tomato-based accompaniment such as capsicum cherry tomato curry.

Quick Tasty Onion Fry with Honey Soy Dressing


[1] For another onion-based side dish, try spiced onion strips.

[2] You might ask: Does it make it difference whether onions are sliced horizontally or vertically (i.e. root to tip)?

The answer is: To an extent – it makes a difference to the appearance of the dish and to the way the onions brown. Serious Eats has more on Knife Skills: How to Cut an Onion, and this Chowhound thread has helpful answers to why a recipe would need vertically sliced onions.

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