Onion powder is made from dehydrated ground onions. It can be used in any recipe that requires fresh onion and is excellent when added as a dry rub or in a marinade. When time is limited, it’s a practical replacement, although the flavor may not be as intense as its fresh counterpart.
There are other advantages to having a container on hand:
- No need to worry about making a special trip to the store when you are out of fresh onions.
- No oil is required for cooking.
- No teary eyes when slicing and chopping.
You can even make your own powder: Dice and dehydrate an onion, grind it and store it in an airtight glass container.
Like other seasonings, it can be kept in a cool, dry spot for several months. Always be sure the container is tightly closed.
Onion powder is a terrific complement to many foods:
- Include a dash in gravies and sauces.
- Add to breads: it is a tasty addition to buttered and toasted baguettes or slices of French bread.
- Sprinkle over salads or add a dash to cooked vegetables.
- Stir into soups and chowders.
- Include in hamburger patties.
You can also make a paste or marinade by adding a little water or broth to the powder.
If you run out of powder, try these alternatives:
- One medium onion is equal to one tablespoon of powder.
- One tablespoon of onion flakes is equal to one teaspoon of powder.
Try one of our favorite recipes with onion powder: