These Caramelized Onion Fritters are a great appetizer or meal. Serve with sweet chili dipping sauce for an indulgent meal.
Caramelized onions take everything to the next level, so using them to make fritters is a no-brainer!
These Caramelized Onion Fritters are sweet and savory. They make an easy appetizer or meal.
Aside from caramelizing the onions, these come together pretty quickly. You could always caramelize the onions the day before.
My Vegetable Chickpea Flour Fritters have been such a huge hit that I thought I'd add more vegan fritter recipes to the blog. Recently I also made some Broccoli Fritters.
Cook onions in olive oil over medium heat. Stir them every few minutes. With caramelized onions, it's all about slow and steady.
The more onions, the longer they'll take to cook. Add balsamic vinegar near the end of cooking time to add flavor.
Mix caramelized onions with chickpea flour and seasonings. Form into fritters and fry until golden brown. Serve with sweet chili sauce or your favorite dipping sauce.
- Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to making caramelized onions. Mine took a good 40 minutes or so. Add a small amount of water as needed. Water especially helps if your onions are sticking to the pan.
- Don't skip the balsamic vinegar. It adds a sweet note to the already sweet onions.
- Tamari adds a savory umami flavor to the batter.
- Heat your pan with just enough oil to cover the pan. This is a shallow fry, not a deep fry.
- To test your oil, sprinkle a few drops of water in the pan. If they sizzle, your pan is ready. You can also test the oil with a wooden spoon. The oil will start bubbling around the spoon.
- Cook the fritters until golden brown on both sides.
- Serve with your favorite dipping sauce, keeping in mind that these fritters are sweet and savory. The dip you choose will make a big difference in the end result. I chose sweet chili sauce with lime juice spritzed on top. The chili sauce is slightly spicy so it went well with the fritters.
Can These Be Made Ahead of Time?
While you can fry these ahead of time, they taste better straight off the frying pan.
Can These Be Baked?
Caramelized Onion Fritters can be baked at 400° for 20-25 minutes. I prefer the taste and texture of fried, but baked is a healthy alternative.
Other Caramelized Onion Recipes
- Portobello Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Sandwiches
- Vegan Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Gravy
- Vegan Mashed Cauliflower with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms
- Caramelized Onion and Roasted Red Pepper Quesadilla
- Vegan Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Grilled Cheese
These vegan fritters are sure to be a hit. They are sweet and savory.
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Here's the chickpea flour that I used to make the fritters. I love the taste compared with other gluten free flours.
Caramelized Onion Fritters
- 1 large onion, sliced (4 cups)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Splash or 2 balsamic vinegar
- 2 pinches salt
- ¾ cups chickpea flour (garbanzo bean)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup water
- 1 teaspoon low sodium gluten free tamari
- Vegetable oil
- Sweet chili sauce (optional)
- Limes (optional)
- Add olive oil to a hot pan. Add onions and salt. Cook on medium low heat until caramelized, about 35-40 minutes. Add a splash or two of balsamic vinegar. Cook a few more minutes.
- Mix chickpea flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
- Add water and tamari to the chickpea mixture. Whisk until all the clumps are out. Add caramelized onions.
- Add enough oil to a hot pan to coat it. (This is a shallow fry.) You can tell the pan is hot enough when you drizzle a few drops of water and the water sizzles. Add caramelized onion fritter batter, a tablespoonful at a time, and fry on both sides until browned.
- Serve with sweet chili sauce and limes or your favorite dipping sauce.
*Note: Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only. Different nutrition calculators give you different results.
These look amazing...but I can't have legumes. Is there another flour I couuld sub it with? I am GF so I have a few different kinds of flours. Thanks!
Willow Moon says
Sure you could use another gf flour in place of chickpea, just keep in mind the taste of the flour. Chickpea has a nutty flavor.
I am wanting to bake these. Do you have a suggestion for temperature and time?
Willow Moon says
Hi Becky, I have never baked them, but whenever I want to bake something, I always go off of similar recipes. My homemade tater tots are probably the most similar for my site. For those I baked them at 400° for 30-35 minutes. I would check them after 15-20 minutes. Hope that helps!