Fried Onions Without Frying

This post was written by marc on August 6, 2004
Posted Under: Cooking

Do you love sandwiches with fried onions on top but you don’t want to actually fry onions? I figured out a trick that will save you the time and the grease. Microwave the onions.

Just cut up the onions and put them on a paper towel and nuke them in the microwave for 90 seconds. Then remove the towel and let them cool. Get two slices of bread – put half the onions on one slice – add a layer of cheese – the roast beef – another layer of cheese – the rest of the onions – and cap it with the other slice of bread. Then pop the sandwich into the microwave and nuke it for about 45 seconds and melt the cheese in good. Let it cool for about a minute and you have a great sandwich.

Technically the onions aren’t fried – they are boiled but without being boiled in water. The onion tase is preserved but the raw onion taste is gone. They have the same taste as fried onions but are more consistent and don’t have the drippy fluids that you get with frying. It’s a healthier sandwich with a better taste.

Reader Comments

jeez, can perkel post ANYTHING without some quack posting some ass-n-nine remark? ‘i don’t believe in eating meat, but i would happily live in a house built of wood that was cut down from a forest that once supported wildlife but was displaced because i want to live in a house made of wood.” my two cents… and marc, i tried that…. that was great! thanks for the tip! p.s. my son loved it too!

Written By charlie chingas on August 6th, 2004 @ 10:35 am

“We’re on to you, Marc. You’re just trying to get all them fast-food restaurant places to lay off their onion fryer guys, to make the unemployment numbers look worse before November. The PA cheese steak vote belongs to us! Of course when Kerry comes along, he’ll reward businesses for having their employees take them Microwave Administration classes at their local DeVry University. Silly Liberals! Frying onions triple shift for minimum wage with no benefits has never killed anyone! Well, no one I know. But Kerry will make the burger price go up by 10c, I just know it!”

Hehe, pretending to be a Republican is so much fun! For my next impersonation, a Compa$$ionate Nationali$t $ociali$t blames Liberals for sinking the human skin lampshade industry.

Written By Alex Libman on August 6th, 2004 @ 3:37 pm

Thanks Mark for the neat tip, but I have to agree with Peta. Thinking your making a health statement switching fried with non-fried onions on your roast beef and cheese sandwich is like thinking your a health nut smoking filtered cigarettes instead of hand-rolled ones.

Oh well I guess its a start 🙂

Written By Mr. Spock on August 6th, 2004 @ 7:47 pm

You americans,what would you do without your beloved microwave? Buy frozen,already prepared and put into microwave – thats the american way..good to see you found some new ways to use the MW :))Saving “one gram” of fat on cheese and roast beef sandwich and beeing happy how you “finally eat healthier” ..hehe… Richest country in the world,the most unhealthy eating habits with most fat people in percentage..God bless this country,it desperatelly needs it…

Written By hm on August 7th, 2004 @ 4:04 am

Mark, I finally got more press than you. What are you going to do to beat this?

Written By Mark's Neighbor on August 7th, 2004 @ 11:04 am

Y’all crazy. More good ideas on food are at

Written By dancho on August 8th, 2004 @ 1:15 pm

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