Can I substitute dried minced onions for fresh?

In this brief article, we are going to answer the question,”Can I substitute dried minced onions for fresh?”, and discuss what dried minced onions are, substitutes for dried minced onions and fresh onions along with the nutritional profile and health benefits of an onion.

Can I substitute dried minced onions for fresh?

Yes, you can substitute dried minced onions for fresh. They can provide the sharp sweet onion flavour to food, without wasting time on prepping the onions and without the eyes watering from peeling and chopping the onions. 

What are dried minced onions?

Dried minced onions are the whole white onion bulbs that have been peeled, the moisture removed and minced. They can be used in dips, sauces, soups and stews. They are best in ground beef or other meat dishes, from meatloafs, to meat balls, kebabs and hamburgers. 

The strong flavour with a little sweetness provides flavours which are essential to roast vegetables. Minced onion can be tossed along with carrots, thyme, potatoes, brussel sprouts, olive oil and salt and roasted until they become brown. Dried minced onions also go well with egg dishes. 

Dried minced onions can be whipped into eggs, adding salt pepper and parsley flakes to taste and some grated cheese. Because the moisture has been removed from dried onions, it produces effective results when added to liquids, as the liquids such as in stews and soups or gravies will rehydrate and soften the onion, thereby imparting its flavour 

What are the substitutes for dried minced onions and fresh onions?

Dried onion, be it in any form, powdered, or chopped can be substituted for dried minced onions. Fresh minced onion is a healthier alternative, or the dried chopped onion can be minced and used. 1 onion, small, fresh is equal to 1 tbsp of dried minced onion. 

  • Most of the dried form of onions come are available as onion flakes, and the size of these flakes may vary. Taking into account a rough estimate, 1 tbsp of onion flakes can be used as a replacement for 1 small onion, or ½ of a medium sized onion. 
  • Onion powder is another alternative that can be used. People would mistake onion powder as dried minced onions but are a bit different in the term that the powder has undergone milling to form a consistency which is similar to salt or stone milled flour. 
  • Dry onion which is finely grounded is more potent as compared to flakes, so a tsp of onion powder is enough to be used as a substitution.
  • Even the fresh onion can be substituted for a dried onion. 1 cup of fresh onion, chopped, can be substituted for 3 tbsp of dried minced onion, or a tbsp of onion powder. Leeks can be used as a substitute for dried minced onions. 
  • Chopped minced leeks can be used as a replacement in as, ¼ cup of dried minced onion which equals a cup of chopped fresh leaks. 
  • Garlic powder – provides the same pungent smell and taste as onions. The powdered garlic may not be sharp as raw fresh garlic, but it is advisable for it to be used sparingly, ½ a tsp of garlic will equal a tbsp of dried onion flakes

What is the nutritional profile of onions? 

Raw and fresh onions consist of 25 calories (1 medium, raw, fresh). They are almost 90% water, with 5% fats, a small amount of fibre with negligible amounts of proteins and fats. The phytochemicals found in onions protect against inflammation, regulate blood sugar, are good for bone health, and reduce the risk of cancer. 

What are the health benefits of onions?

They are used in the beauty industry and by most Indian and Pakistani girls at home as hair masks, and hair shampoos, to provide strength, reduce hairfall and dandruff, and to improve the shine in hair. For this onion oils are basically made. 

Conclusion

In this brief article, we answered the question,”Can I substitute dried minced onions for fresh?”, and discussed what dried minced onions are, substitutes for dried minced onions and fresh onions along with  the nutritional profile and health benefits of an onion.

References

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/onions#downsides
https://www.mccormick.com/articles/mccormick/flavor-story-minced-onions

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.