Crispy Onion Fritters: A Gluten-Free and Vegan Delight

Introduction: Embark on a culinary adventure with our Crispy Onion Fritters – a versatile, gluten-free, and vegan treat that transcends traditional appetizers. Bursting with flavor and crafted from simple pantry staples, these fritters are a delightful addition to any dining occasion. Whether served as an appetizer, side dish, or starter, their golden and crunchy perfection promises to captivate your taste buds. Join us on this journey as we explore the art of creating these savory fritters, complete with nutritional insights and expert tips.

Ingredients: Indulge in the simplicity of our gluten-free and vegan Crispy Onion Fritters. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ¾ cup (115 g) gluten-free all-purpose/plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon polenta – finely ground or cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons coarse cooking sea salt – or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper – or to taste
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) soy milk
  • 2 ½ cups (350 g) brown/yellow onions – finely chopped
  • 2 green/spring onions
  • ¼ cup oil (for frying, approximately) – extra virgin or grapeseed oil
  • Sweet Chilli Sauce or another sauce of your choice – to serve


  1. Prepare the Onions: Begin by finely chopping the brown/yellow onions and green/spring onions, setting them aside for later use.
  2. Create the Dry Mix: In a large bowl, whisk together the gluten-free all-purpose flour, sugar, polenta, gluten-free baking powder, coarse sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Ensure an even distribution of ingredients, setting the stage for a well-balanced flavor profile.
  3. Form the Batter: Add the soy milk to the dry mix, stirring diligently to create a thick batter. This combination sets the foundation for the fritters, ensuring a perfect blend of textures and flavors.
  4. Incorporate the Onions: Introduce the finely chopped brown/yellow onions and green/spring onions to the batter, ensuring a thorough integration. This step infuses the fritters with the aromatic essence of onions, enhancing their savory appeal.
  5. Prepare for Frying: Heat the chosen frying oil (extra virgin or grapeseed oil) in a large pan over medium heat. To test if the oil is ready, insert the end of a wooden spoon into the oil – if it bubbles, the oil is ready for frying.
  6. Fry to Perfection: Spoon tablespoons of the batter into the hot oil, gently flattening them with the back of a spatula or spoon to ensure even cooking. Fry for 2-3 minutes on each side until the fritters achieve a golden brown, crispy exterior.
  7. Drain and Keep Warm: Allow the fritters to drain briefly on paper towels, maintaining their crispiness. To keep them warm while cooking the remaining batch, place the plate in a 100 degrees C (200 F) oven.
  8. Serve with Elegance: Elevate your dining experience by serving the Crispy Onion Fritters with Sweet Chilli Sauce or a condiment of your choice. The harmonious blend of flavors and textures is sure to delight your guests or family.

Nutritional Insights:

  1. Gluten-Free Goodness: Our use of gluten-free all-purpose flour ensures that individuals with gluten sensitivities can indulge in this delectable treat without compromise.
  2. Plant-Powered Protein: Opting for soy milk not only contributes to the fritters’ creamy texture but also introduces a plant-based protein source, making this dish suitable for vegans and those embracing a plant-forward lifestyle.
  3. Mindful Oil Selection: The choice of extra virgin or grapeseed oil not only influences the fritters’ flavor but also adds a touch of health-consciousness to the recipe. Ensuring the oil is at the right temperature is key to achieving the perfect crispy texture.
  4. Perfect Pairing Suggestions: Consider pairing these Crispy Onion Fritters with a refreshing cucumber yogurt dip, a zesty garlic aioli, or a tangy tamarind chutney for a culinary experience that transcends the ordinary.

Conclusion: In the realm of appetizers and starters, our Crispy Onion Fritters stand as a testament to simplicity, flavor, and dietary inclusivity. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or seeking a delightful snack, these golden fritters are a delicious ode to the art of gluten-free and vegan cuisine. Elevate your culinary repertoire with this expertly crafted recipe, celebrating the joy of savoring every crispy bite.

Crispy Onion Fritters

If you are looking for a simple and delicious appetizer, side dish, or starter, you will love these crispy onion fritters. They are made with basic ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. All you need to do is mix some chopped onions with a easy pancake batter and fry them until golden and crunchy. These onion fritters are not only tasty, but also vegan and gluten-free.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Starter
Cuisine International
Prep Time 15minutes minutes
Cook Time 15minutes minutes
Total Time 30minutes minutes
Servings 20 fritters
Calories 55kcal


  • ¾ cup (115 g) gluten-free all-purpose/plain flour See Note 1
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon polenta – finely ground or cornmeal See Note 2
  • 2 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon coarse cooking sea salt – or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper – or to taste
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) soy milk See Note 3
  • 2 ½ cups (350 g) brown/yellow onions – finely chopped, approximately 3 medium onions
  • green/spring onions
  • ¼ cup oil (for frying, approximately) – I use extra virgin or grapeseed oil See Note 4
  • Sweet Chilli Sauce or another sauce of your choice – to serve


  • Finely chop your onions and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients to evenly distribute them.
  • Add the milk and stir well. You will have a thick batter.
  • Add the finely chopped onions and mix until well combined.
  • Add the oil to a large frying pan, and heat the oil over medium heat.I check that the oil is ready by using a simple method. I stick the end of a wooden spoon into the oil. If the oil is ready, it will bubble around the spoon.
  • Add tablespoons of the batter gently into the hot oil.To ensure that the patties are cooked in the centre it is important to flatten the batter with the back of a spatula or spoon.Cook for 2-3 minutes before turning and cooking the other side. Both sides should be golden brown and crispy.
  • Drain for a minute on paper towels and continue cooking the remainder.To keep the patties warm while cooking the rest, place the plate in a 100 degrees C (200 F) oven.Serve with Sweet Chilli Sauce or another condiment of your choice.


  1. Flour: we use a commercial all-purpose flour, made from a blend of naturally occurring gluten-free flours. Our gluten-free flour blends contain either xanthan or guar gum to stabilise and provide structure to our recipes. Regular all-purpose flour can be used if you do not require the recipe to be gluten-free.

Tablespoon: we use a standard Australian tablespoon which is 20 ml (4 teaspoons).

Milk: I have used soy milk, but use a milk of your choice. 

Oil: it is important that the oil not be too hot or the patties will brown before the centre is cooked. It is also important that the oil not be too cool or the patties will absorb the oil, leaving them soggy and greasy.


Calories: 55kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 0.3mg