Delicious Gluten-Free Fried Onion Topping Recipe

Greetings, dear readers! I am thrilled to introduce this delicious and healthy recipe for a gluten-free fried onion topping that will take your classic green bean casserole to a whole new level.

As a nutritionist and food blogger, I always aim to create recipes that are not only tasty but also beneficial for your health. This gluten-free fried onion topping recipe is perfect for those who love classic French fried onions but want to maintain a gluten-free and dairy-free diet.

The best part of this recipe is that it uses organic ingredients like Simply Nature Organic Gluten-Free French Fried Onions, which are crispy and flavorful. This recipe is suitable for vegan and low-carb diets, making it the perfect side dish for family events like Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners.

In addition to its delicious taste and nutritional value, this recipe is incredibly easy to make with simple ingredients you may already have in your pantry. With just a few steps, you can create a crunchy and savory topping that will keep your green bean casserole fresh and crispy.

Stay tuned for the rest of the article as I guide you through this fantastic recipe with tips on substitutions, variations, serving, storing, reheating, and much more! Get ready to impress your guests with this gluten-free fried onion topping that will surely elevate any green bean casserole to good graces.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten Free Fried Onion Topping (For Green Bean Casserole)
Gluten Free Fried Onion Topping (For Green Bean Casserole)

Have you ever had a classic green bean casserole, only to be disappointed by the soggy and lackluster fried onion topping? Look no further than this gluten-free fried onion topping recipe that will elevate your casserole game to the next level.

Not only is this recipe perfect for those who follow a gluten-free diet, but it’s also dairy-free and vegan-friendly. Plus, it uses organic and wholesome ingredients like sea salt and cornmeal. And don’t worry about sacrificing taste for health; these gluten-free french-fried onions are just as crispy and flavorful as their traditional counterparts.

Whether you’re making this casserole for Thanksgiving, or as a side dish for any occasion, our french-fried onion recipe will put you in the good graces of all your guests, including those with dietary restrictions. Say goodbye to sodden green beans and hello to a fresh and delicious take on this classic dish. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed with this gluten-free twist on traditional french-fried onions.

Ingredient List

 Crispy, golden-brown onions that are gluten-free and dairy-free!
Crispy, golden-brown onions that are gluten-free and dairy-free!

Let’s take a look at what we’ll need to create this gluten-free fried onion topping for the green bean casserole. Here are the ingredients:

  • 2 large onions, sliced thinly
  • ½ cup of gluten-free flour (rice flour or cornmeal works well)
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup of olive oil for frying
  • Optional: 1 tsp garlic powder or other seasonings of your choice

That’s all it takes to make crispy, flavorful fried onions for topping. Most of these ingredients you may already have on deck in your pantry, but the recipe won’t be complete without them. Ensure that you pick up gluten-free flour and add it to your shopping list as that is imperative for this recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 This topping takes your green bean casserole dish to the next level.
This topping takes your green bean casserole dish to the next level.

Slice and soak onions

First, slice the onions thinly. Then, soak the sliced onions in a mixture of 1 1/2 cups of Simply Nature Organic Gluten Free Flour Blend, 1/2 tsp of sea salt, and 1/4 tsp of freshly ground pepper. Mix everything thoroughly in a large bowl, then set aside for a little while to let the onion slices absorb the mixture properly.

Coat and place in bag

After soaking for around 10 minutes, it’s time to coat the onion slices with a mixture of 1/2 cup of cornmeal, 1 tsp of salt, and some freshly ground pepper. Then, transfer coated onions into a resealable plastic bag that contains some cornmeal. Shake the bag adequately to cover all onion slices evenly with cornmeal.

Preheat oven and fry onions

Preheat your oven to 425°F (218°C). Pour enough olive oil into an oven-safe skillet or baking dish to reach around half-inch deep. Let the olive oil heat up on medium heat until hot enough. Take out each coated onion slice from the bag, shaking off excess cornmeal, then transfer them carefully into the hot olive oil.

Stir occasionally and fry them for around three minutes until crispy golden brown (but not burnt). Transfer fried onions onto a plate that is layered with paper towels. It will help absorb any excess oil from them, making them crispy and crunchy.

Top casserole with fried onions

After French fried onions have drained, they are now ready to be used as toppings on your fresh green bean casserole recipe. Spread across your casserole dish topped with mushroom soup or cream sauce and sprinkle some fried onion over it generously.

Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for around 15 minutes or until golden brown. Then, take out from the oven and let it cool down for another 5 minutes before serving.

Enjoy your spicy, crispy, and freshly made green bean casserole with gluten-free crispy fried onions!

Substitutions and Variations

 You won't even miss the gluten with this crunchy and flavorful topping.
You won’t even miss the gluten with this crunchy and flavorful topping.

Sometimes, if you’re gluten-free, dairy-free or vegan, finding the perfect recipe can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. Fortunately, this Gluten-Free Fried Onion Topping Recipe has got your back! However, if you don’t have some ingredients on hand or simply want to switch things up, here are some substitutions and variations that you can try:

– Cornmeal: If you can’t find cornmeal or just simply don’t like it, try substituting it with rice flour or almond flour. Both types of flour will work well and give a crispy texture to the onion topping.

– Olive Oil: Any type of cooking oil will work well in this recipe. Try using coconut oil for a pleasant tropical flavor, or avocado oil for its nutritional benefits.

– Fresh Green Beans: If you prefer fresh green beans over canned ones, you might need to blanch them first before adding them to the casserole dish. Skipping this step may result in undercooked green beans.

– Vegan Green Bean Casserole: To make this recipe completely vegan, use a cream mushroom soup that does not contain any dairy products. Additionally, you can use vegan butter instead of regular butter if needed.

– Low Carb Green Bean Casserole: To make this recipe low carb, skip the cornmeal and replace it with finely ground almond flour or coconut flour instead. You can also use French onion crisps (which are low carb) instead of fried onions.

– French’s Crispy Fried Onions: If you don’t have time to make your own fried onions from scratch, look out for French’s crispy fried onions at your local supermarket. They are gluten-free and already seasoned with salt and pepper!

With these substitutions and variations on hand, there is no excuse for a boring green bean casserole anymore! Get creative and give these options a try. Who knows? You may end up creating a new classic that will get passed down through generations, all thanks to your own good graces.

Serving and Pairing

 Get ready to impress your guests with this homemade and healthy alternative.
Get ready to impress your guests with this homemade and healthy alternative.

Now that you have mastered the art of gluten-free fried onion topping, it’s time to think about serving and pairing. This savory side dish is a perfect addition to any meal, but it is a must-have during Thanksgiving!

The green bean casserole with fried onions is an all-time favorite for the festive season. It pairs perfectly with roasted turkey or ham. The crispy texture of the onions adds a crunchiness to the creamy casserole, making your palate asking for more.

If you are looking for a vegan option, you can substitute the cream mushroom soup with cauliflower puree or cashew cream.

This recipe is also low-carb and gluten-free, making it a healthier option than traditional green bean casserole recipes. You can enjoy this side dish without worrying about any dietary restrictions.

To keep the green beans from getting soggy, make sure to keep them separate from the onion topping until ready to serve. This will help retain their crispiness and maintain their texture.

You can also use this gluten-free fried onion topping as a garnish for other dishes. It works well on top of salads, soups or even as toppings for sandwiches or burgers.

Overall, this recipe provides a perfect combination of flavors and textures that are sure to satisfy everyone’s tastebuds. So go ahead and make this dish for your next holiday gathering and be in everyone’s good graces!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 These fried onions are simple to make and add a gourmet touch to any meal.
These fried onions are simple to make and add a gourmet touch to any meal.

Now, onto the good stuff! One of the greatest things about this Gluten-Free Fried Onion Topping recipe is that it can be made ahead of time, leaving you with less stress on fresh cooking day. Once you’ve fried up your onions to crispy perfection, allow them to completely cool before storing them in an airtight container for up to five days.

If you’re wanting to make these ahead of time for a holiday such as Thanksgiving, I recommend frying up the onions about two days beforehand to ensure maximum freshness. However, if the onions do end up getting a little soft, fear not- simply reheat them in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for a few minutes and viola! You’ll have crispy fried onions once again.

When it comes to reheating your green bean casserole with these fried onions on top, I suggest covering with aluminum foil and baking at 350°F (175°C) for 15-20 minutes or until heated through. Baking uncovered for an additional five minutes will give it an extra good crunch.

Remember, just because it is gluten-free, dairy-free and organic doesn’t mean it can’t taste amazing! With this recipe and tips on how to make-ahead, store and reheat your Gluten-Free Fried Onion Topping and paired with your green bean casserole, you’re sure to impress your guests this holiday season.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Looking for a tasty gluten-free option? This topping has got you covered.
Looking for a tasty gluten-free option? This topping has got you covered.

To make sure your gluten-free fried onion topping turns out perfectly crispy and delicious, keep the following tips in mind:

1. Use finely ground cornmeal or rice flour: When making the coating for the onions, using a finely ground cornmeal or rice flour will give it a smoother texture and help it adhere better to the onions.

2. Soak sliced onions in milk: Before dredging the onions in the cornmeal mixture, let them soak in a bowl of milk for about 30 minutes. This will help to soften their flavor and make them more tender while also improving adhesion to the coating.

3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit: To ensure optimal crispiness, preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit before you begin cooking.

4. Keep green bean casserole from getting soggy: If you’re using your gluten-free fried onion topping as a garnish for green bean casserole, there’s a risk that the topping may become soggy. To avoid this, don’t add the fried onions until just before serving.

5. Use low-carb alternatives: If you’re looking for a low-carb option, try using finely sliced mushrooms or crushed pork rinds in place of cornmeal or rice flour.

6. Make your own creamy mushroom soup: If you’re avoiding canned goods, consider making your own cream of mushroom soup to use in your green bean casserole recipe.

7. Try vegan variations: To accommodate dietary restrictions and preferences, consider using plant-based ingredients such as vegan cream sauce and vegan buttery spread when making this recipe.

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating perfectly crispy and delicious gluten-free fried onion topping every time – which is sure to impress your friends and family at holiday gatherings like Thanksgiving!


As we come to the FAQ section, I hope you have all the information you need to make the perfect gluten-free fried onion topping for your green bean casserole recipe. However, every cook has a few questions about a recipe now and then. So, in this section, I have collected some frequently asked questions and answered them to clear up any confusion you might have. Let’s dive in!

Can you get gluten free French fried onions?

I will give guidance on processing and cooking with a pack of two Simply Nature Organic Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, and Vegan French Fried Onions.

Does Aldi’s have gluten free French fried onions?

In this section, I’ll be discussing the nutritional contents and ingredients of Simply Nature’s Organic Gluten-Free French Fried Onions, which are conveniently packaged in a can and provide approximately 24 servings of two tablespoons each.

Does green bean casserole contain gluten?

Green bean casserole, which is a conventional recipe, contains gluten due to the ingredients used such as conventional mushroom soup, breadcrumbs, and crispy fried onions. As a result, it is not gluten-free.

What goes best with green bean casserole?

When it comes to serving a delectable green bean casserole, there are several dishes that you can pair it with to obtain a full and satisfying meal. For instance, you can serve it alongside a savory soup like French onion soup or complement it with a serving of cheesy pasta such as mac and cheese. Additionally, mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, baked potatoes or hash browns are all excellent choices that harmonize well with this dish.

How do you keep green bean casserole from getting soggy?

To maintain the perfect texture of your green bean casserole, consider using fresh green beans instead of canned ones. Fresh green beans are first trimmed and cut, then blanched for a short time. Immediately after that, they are submerged in ice water to halt the cooking process. This prevents them from becoming soggy, unlike canned beans.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this gluten-free fried onion topping recipe is the perfect solution for adding a crispy and flavorful twist to your green bean casserole. It is not only easy to prepare but also accommodates various dietary restrictions.

By substituting traditional ingredients with gluten-free alternatives such as cornmeal, rice flour, and free French fried onions, you have created a healthier version without compromising on flavor. The addition of sea salt and olive oil enhances its nutritional value, making it a perfect side dish for anyone looking to maintain a low-carb or vegan diet.

In summary, this gluten-free recipe provides ample opportunities for customization, making it ideal for Thanksgiving dinner or any occasion. Whether you’re partial to traditional French onion crisps or cream mushroom soup, this recipe has got you covered.

So why not give it a try? Get ready to wow your family and friends with this crowd-pleasing side dish that will keep everyone coming back for more!

Gluten Free Fried Onion Topping (For Green Bean Casserole)

Gluten Free Fried Onion Topping (For Green Bean Casserole) Recipe

If you are gluten free, you can't eat those french fried onions out of a can, the ones that make green bean casserole so indulgent and delicious. This simple recipe, adapted from Alton Brown's recipe (which contains gluten), will make you forget all about that can full of junky processed gluten.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Gluten-free
Servings 1 casserole's worth
Calories 558.5 kcal


  • 2 big onions (I like sweet)
  • 1/4 cup white rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons fine cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 475. Slice onions in half and then into 1/8 inch slices and toss in a bowl with the flours and salt. Generously grease a baking sheet with about half the oil and evenly spread the onions in the pan. Drizzle the rest of the oil evenly on top of the onions. Place in middle rack and bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Toss the onions 2 to 3 times during cooking. Keep a good eye on them towards the end, they can go from a little brown to burnt very fast, and you want to pull them out at the right time!
  • Use just like the canned onions- Add half to your green bean casserole and put the other half on top, or according to your casserole recipe.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 388gCalories: 558.5kcalCarbohydrates: 71.4gProtein: 6.9gFat: 28.4gSaturated Fat: 4.1gSodium: 2343.4mgFiber: 7.2gSugar: 12.9g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Christmas, Easy, Free Of..., From Scratch, Onions, Thanksgiving, Vegetable
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