Shallots, also used interchangeably with green onions and spring onions, are a great way to add a big flavor to your cooking with a small ingredient. Explore these recipes with crispy shallots, caramelized shallots, and other great ideas.
1. Green Bean Cauliflower Cream Casserole
Made with creamed cauliflower, baby bella mushrooms, garlic, green beans, and deliciously crispy shallots, this flavorful green bean casserole is vegan, and will be the favorite side dish of veggies and paleos alike. The secret is the crispy shallots and cauliflower cream!
2. Mussels With Fennel and Tomato Broth
These mussels are a bit fancier, with flavors like fennel, garlic, white wing, and fire-roasted tomatoes. They’re made with diced shallots, fire roasted tomatoes, and lots of butter, so your family and friends will go wild. Serve with the sriracha aioli for an extra spicy flair.
3. Carrot Ginger Soup With Crispy Shallots and Coconut Cream
I love carrot ginger soup for its sweet, spicy, and earthy flavors, but I usually find that pureed soups need some kind of topping to add texture, otherwise I feel like I’m eating baby food. This soup has the perfect topping of crispy shallots, pine nuts, and swirled coconut cream.
4. Green Beans With Caramelized Shallots and Almonds
Did you know you can caramelize shallots just like you can caramelize onions? This dish knows it, and uses that special trick to add flavor. You’ll need green beans, shallots, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, ground pepper, parsley, and toasted sliced almonds.
5. Taiwanese Meat Sauce With Crispy Shallots
This super-savory dish with deep, rich umami flavors is reminiscent of the Taiwanese night markets. It uses garlic, ginger, shallots, chili peppers, coconut or olive oil, and a meat sauce made from ground meat of choice, coconut aminos (for the tamari), white wine vinegar, and other yummies.
6. Crispy Chicken With Fig and Shallot Compote
Figs are one of the best fruits to combine with savory dishes because their flavor is so versatile and they caramelized really well. I love them in this shallot compote served over crispy, butter chicken with lemon, ground black pepper, and flaky sea salt.
7. Paleo Indian Spice Okra
This yummy okra dish blows okra out of the water. Seriously. If you’re never had it cooked Indian style, give it a try! You’ll need mustard seeds, shallots, coriander, cumin, fenugreek, garlic, lemon, and red pepper flakes. Serve with cauliflower rice or paleo naan.
8. Stacked Beet Salad With Crispy Shallots and Herb-Infused Oil
This pretty salad is made with red and gold beets for beautiful color and nutritional, along with arugula, olive oil, green garlic, and shallots fried into crispy goodness and sprinkled over the top. The shallots add a fun texture as a topping to this salad.
9. Tex-Mex Braised Lamb Ribs
These juicy lamb ribs are braised in shallots with ripe tomatoes, garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt, red wine vinegar, and ghee or avocado oil. Serve them with veggies of choice, sweet potatoes, or any other accompaniments and enjoy all that meaty goodness.
10. Turnips, Potatoes, and Greens
In this recipe, the oniony flavor of shallots replaces actual onions to flavor baby turnips and small red potatoes. They get all caramelized and perfect with butter, olive oil, fresh thyme, kosher salt, olive oil, and freshly ground black pepper. Easy side dish!
11. Cauliflower and Bacon Au Gratin
Miss potatoes au gratin? Try this cauliflower version with minced garlic, shallots, olive oil, coconut cream, chicken stock, salt, pepper, nutmeg, nitrate-free bacon, and coconut flour. The crumbled goat cheese is totally optional and you can skip it.
12. Broccoli, Shallot, and Sun Dried Tomato Sweet Potatoes
These loaded sweet potatoes are heavy on the veggies, and you won’t miss the meat. You’ll need sweet potatoes, olive oil, broccoli, shallot, garlic, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, sun-dried tomatoes, and optional feta cheese (you can totally leave it out).
13. Garlic and Shallot Fingerling Potatoes
I love fingerling potatoes because they’re so easy to slice up nice and thin so they can get crispy and delicious. This recipe uses those little guys, plus coconut oil, garlic, shallots, and Himalayan pink salt. They make a great side dish for meats or other veggies.
14. Turkey Burgers With Caper Aioli
These burgers are bursting with flavor from the shallots, garlic, capers, and delicious aioli. You can serve them alone with toppings, on a paleo-friendly hamburger bun, in between crispy lettuce leaves, over greens, or just about any other way that strikes your fancy.
15. Kale and Blood Orange Salad
This is my kind of salad. Juicy and floral-scented blood oranges, dino kale, shallots, and large, flaky finishing salt. It’s a simple salad you can throw together in just a few minutes, and it packs well, so you can take the leftovers to work with you…if there are any leftovers!
16. Pan Fried Cauliflower
Whether you make this as a healthy side dish or a fun and easy snack, these cauliflower bites are full of flavor. Make them with coconut oil, shallots, garlic cloves, fresh ginger, red chile flakes, lime juice, and large grain sea salt.
17. Balsamic Chicken Legs
You won’t believe how easy these balsamic chicken legs are to make with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, shallots, garlic, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. That’s really all you need! Shallots do a great job of replacing onions so you get all the flavor without the bulk.
18. Paleo Pumpkin, Bacon, and Chive Biscuits
These biscuits can be made with chives, green onions, or shallots. The flavor of bacon and bacon fat infuses throughout the entire batch with pumpkin puree, apple cider finger, and the perfect fluffiness of coconut flour. If you eat dairy, you could add a bit of raw cheese to the batter.