How to Make Crispy Shallots

There are a few food phrases that pulse out at me from a page or a restaurant menu. I feel a little like John Nash in A Beautiful Mind, only a lot less intelligent and a wee bit less crazy. Frizzle leeks or crispy shallots are two such phrases, and I’ll need to have a compelling reason NOT to order a dish topped with either one.

And they are quite easy to make at home. Josh Cohen, the Test Kitchen Chef at Food 52 (a terrific website that I happily write for often) has a method that allow you to get the shallots nice and crispy without dredging them in flour first. But at the end they look like you floured and deep fried them, and they are crispy as all get out.

Crispy shallots are so simple to make, and add amazing flavor and crunch to all kinds of dishes from steaks to burgers to stews to salads.

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How to Make Crispy Shallots

You simply slice them very thin, either using a mandolin or this mini vegetable slicer.

How to Make Crispy Shallots

Or a sharp knife and a steady hand.

How to Make Crispy Shallots

Then add them to a pan and add a neutral oil, like vegetable or canola, to cover.

How to Make Crispy Shallots

Let the oil heat up until bubbles appear. Adjust the heat and allow the oil to bubbles until the shallots are nicely browned and crispy.

Transfer them to a paper-towel lined tray or plate or surface to cool.

How to Make Crispy Shallots

You need to remove them from the oil just as they get to the level of crispy doneness that you desire, or they will continue to keep cooking in the hot oil. As you might be able to tell, I didn’t get them out quite as quickly as I had planned, so mine are a little overbrowned in this photo, but I actually like fried things on the more well-done side. I think I get this from a grandpa that was fairly insistent on having his fries well done.

Enjoy crispy fried shallots on soups, salads, meats, vegetables, mashed potatoes or other pureed vegetables, and wherever a pop of oniony flavor and crunch would be welcome.

How to Make Crispy Shallots

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How to Make Crispy Shallots

Crispy shallots are so simple to make, and add amazing flavor and crunch to all kinds of dishes from steaks to burgers to stews to salads.
Yield: 6 People
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes




  • Slice the shallots so that they’re super thin (use a mandolin if you have one, a very sharp knife if not).
  • Place them in a pan and add oil to cover.
  • Turn the heat up to high and watch the shallots bubble (first you’ll see small bubbles, then more rapid ones will appear): That’s the water evaporating off.
  • Lower the heat to medium, and allow it to continue to bubble. When the bubbles subside, it means that the moisture has cooked off the shallots, and by this time they should be golden brown. This should take around 8 minutes.
  • Transfer the shallots with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel lined surface or plate and allow to cool completely.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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  1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil would be healthier, as canola is not considered healthy at all. This research
    came from Food Revolution Network; check it out.
    Thanks for the recipes though, especially the crispiness of shallots to be added to lots of other recipes !

    1. you can store them at room temp for a day or two, and in the fridge for up to a week@. they may need recrisping, which you can do in a baking dish in a preheated 350°F oven for 5 minutes.

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