I’m a big fan of Panera’s frizzled onions.
I like them so much, in fact, that I get them almost every time I go to Panera—whether it’s for lunch or dinner.
They’re crunchy and salty and have just enough spice to give them some kick.
Plus, they don’t leave you feeling like you have to drink water for the rest of the afternoon after eating them… which is always a plus!
- But what are frizzled onions exactly?
- How many calories do they have?
- And what makes Panera’s so great?
I’ve got all the answers for you in this post!
What Are Panera Frizzled Onions?
Frizzled onions are a type of onion that has been cut in half lengthwise, and then deep-fried until golden. They’re crispy on the outside and tender on the inside—basically everything you could want in an onion!
“Frizzled” is a word for curly and frizzy.
Think about how your hair looks right after you get out of the shower and it’s still wet.
That’s what frizzled means here.
These onions are fried and then cooked in vinegar until they’re crispy and delicious on top of your sandwich or salad—or even by themselves!
These little beauties come in all kinds of flavors: regular, spicy, barbecue, jalapeno ranch…
And because they’re so tasty on their own and so versatile with other foods as well—you can add them to soups or sauces for an extra kick—it’s easy to see why everyone loves them so much!
How Do You Make Panera Frizzled Onions?
It’s actually pretty easy to make frizzled onions at home with just a few ingredients: onions (of course), salt/pepper/seasonings of your choice (optional), oil for frying (canola or vegetable work well), and an electric fryer or pot with deep enough sides to hold your oil.
Follow these steps:
- Slice your onions in half lengthwise.
- Heat up your oil and add the cut onions.
- Make sure to submerge them in the oil so they cook evenly and don’t burn on the bottom.
- Stir occasionally so they don’t stick together.
- After about 15 minutes, take them out of the fryer and let them sit for 5 minutes before serving so that they’re not soggy from excess moisture inside their cells bursting open during cooking time.
How Many Calories Do Panera Frizzled Onions Contain?
The number of calories in Panera Frizzled Onions (deep-fried onions) depends on the size of the serving you get.
For example, a small serving of the appetizer has about 300 calories.
A large serving has about 400 calories.
Are Panera Frizzled Onions Vegan?
Panera bread’s frizzled onions are vegan.
A vegetarian is someone who does not eat any type of meat, including beef, poultry and fish.
A vegan is a person who does not eat any animal products, including eggs or milk. Since there are no animal products used in the creation of frizzled onions, they are considered to be vegan-friendly.
Are Panera Frizzled Onions Gluten-Free?
Yes, most oils are gluten-free.
Panera uses a variety of oils to cook their food, including sunflower oil, canola oil, soybean oil, and vegetable oil.
All of these are considered gluten-free.
The only caveat is that if you order a salad with croutons or breadsticks (which have a small amount of flour on them), then those items would contain gluten.
So, there you have it—the vital facts you need to know that make Panera’s frizzled onions so great.
Think about these next time you’re sitting in your local Panera Bread and decide to order a side of fries—you’ll be glad you did!