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Fried Shallots

Yield: about 1 cup

Canned fried onions are a great topping for salads, main dishes, and sides. They’re a quick purchase at the grocery store, but it’s easy to make your own version at home. Added bonus: They don’t come from a can.


  • 3 medium shallots
  • 3 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 1 cup neutral oil, such as grapeseed or canola
  • Kosher salt

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 60
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 40
  • Fat (g): 4.5
  • Saturated Fat (g): 0
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 95
  • Carbohydrates (g): 5
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Sugar (g): 0
  • Protein (g): 0


Thinly slice the shallots lengthwise into thin strips, and then separate them into pieces. In a medium bowl, toss the shallots with the cornstarch until well coated. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the shallots, and cook, tossing occasionally, until golden, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the shallots to a plate lined with paper towels. Salt lightly while still warm, and then use as directed.


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