Tobacco Onions


prep 0:10       total 0:25


4 servings



5 cups peanut oil (or other light oil)
2 lg. yellow or
sweet onions, peeled and sliced crosswise 1/8-inch thick
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper


Heat oil to 350°F on a food thermometer in a deep saucepan over medium heat. Combine remaining ingredients in a medium bowl and carefully toss to coat onions. Remove onion slices from flour mixture, shaking to remove excess. Fry a few slices at a time for approximately 10 minutes or until crisp and golden brown. Repeat until all onions are fried. Drain on paper towel.

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Diane reviewed Tobacco Onions on June 9, 2003

We tried the tobacco onions over the weekend and they are delicious. Forget the mess of onion rings. These were so quick and easy.


einar reviewed Tobacco Onions on October 13, 2004

I made it but first I soaked the onions in hot sauce for about 30 minutes. The recipe is great! And not all the work like making onion rings.


cathy_jean reviewed Tobacco Onions on July 26, 2008

There used to be a restaurant near us that had tobacco onions as a very popular appetizer, and I've missed them ever since the restaurant closed a couple of years ago. I'm headed to a picnic and was asked to bring a finger-friendly side dish and I thought of those wonderful tobacco onions, and then I found this recipe. I used a mandoline to slice mine in very thin rings, and they only need a minute or two for each batch to cook. Amazingly, it perfectly recreated the wonderful tobacco onions that I have missed so much. Thanks for posting this.