Amish Onion Fritters Recipe

My Amish friend brought these guys to a recent potluck and everyone drooled over them!

At a recent potluck, my Amish friend introduced these delights, and let me tell you, they were the hit of the party! Everyone was absolutely enamored with them.

Discover the magic of Amish Onion Fritters, a dish that captures the essence of Amish culinary tradition with its straightforward, wholesome approach to food. These fritters are not just about taste; they embody a lifestyle where every ingredient is cherished, and simplicity reigns. Hailing from the heart of the Midwest, much like my own roots, these onion fritters bring a sense of comfort and community to any occasion, offering a savory, homey flavor that’s akin to a warm embrace.

Enjoy these fritters on their own or as part of a larger feast. They pair beautifully with hearty stews, serve as a delightful appetizer with a side of sour cream, or complement a crisp salad or tender baked beans for a true taste of the Midwest. And nothing rounds off this experience better than a cold glass of iced tea or lemonade.

Amish Onion Fritters Recipe


Makes about 10-12 fritters

Ingredients :

2 large sweet onions, thinly sliced

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon paprika (optional, for a hint of smokiness)

1 large egg

3/4 cup milk

Vegetable oil, for frying


In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, and paprika.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg lightly before whisking in the milk.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients to form a soft batter.

Gently fold in the sliced onions, ensuring they’re well-coated.

Heat about 1/2 inch of oil in a skillet to 365°F.

Spoon the batter into the hot oil, shaping as you go, and fry until each side turns a beautiful golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side.

Remove the fritters and let them drain on paper towels.

Serving Suggestions & Tips:

Elevate the flavor with fresh herbs like chives or parsley.

For a spicy twist, add a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Keep leftovers crisp by reheating them in the oven.

Save the frying oil after straining for an extra flavor boost in future dishes.

Amish Onion Fritters are more than just a snack; they’re a testament to the joy of sharing great food, steeped in tradition and the pleasure of simple, satisfying meals. Dive into this Midwestern classic and let every bite take you on a journey through the heart of Amish culinary heritage.

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