Swiss Chard with Frizzled Onions Swiss Chard with Frizzled Onions

Image: James Tse

Frizzled onions add instant sophistication to even the most humble side dish. Garlic and hot pepper flakes infuse the oil—and the Swiss chard—with flavour.

  • Portion size 10 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine



Cut Swiss chard stems into 1/2-inch (1 cm) lengths; coarsely chop Swiss chard leaves. Set aside.

In large bowl, sprinkle onion with cornstarch and pinch of the salt; toss to coat. Shake off any excess.

In cast-iron or heavy-bottomed skillet, add enough vegetable oil to come 1/4 inch (5 mm) up side; heat over medium heat. Working in batches, fry onions, stirring occasionally, until crisp and golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Using slotted spoon, remove to paper towel–lined plate to drain. (Make-ahead: Store at room temperature for up to 2 hours.)

In large nonstick skillet, heat together olive oil, garlic and hot pepper flakes over medium heat; cook, stirring often, until fragrant and edges of garlic are golden, about 2 minutes. Add Swiss chard stems, remaining salt and the pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender-crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Add half of the Swiss chard leaves; cook, stirring, until beginning to wilt, about 1 minute. Add remaining Swiss chard leaves; cook, stirring, until wilted, about 4 minutes.

In small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, mustard and honey. Stir into Swiss chard mixture. Scrape into bowl; top with onions.

Tip from The Test Kitchen: Try the frizzled onions over sautéed green beans, broccoli or any green vegetable.

Nutritional facts per each of 10 servings: about

  • Fibre 2 g
  • Sodium 254 mg
  • Sugars 3 g
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calories 129.0
  • Total fat 10 g
  • Potassium 470 mg
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total carbohydrate 10 g


  • Iron 14.0
  • Folate 5.0
  • Calcium 5.0
  • Vitamin A 46.0
  • Vitamin C 27.0
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Swiss Chard with Frizzled Onions