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Best Onion Ring Recipes


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Most people have had (or at least heard) of beer batter. Commonly used for deep frying fish, shrimp, chicken and onion rings, beer batter uses beer for its flavor as well as its carbonation, which adds body and lightness. This recipe uses prosecco in place of beer for a batter that is even lighter that one made using beer. Think of it as an Italian tempura batter, light, crisp and delicious. Pair these onion rings with a nice chilled glass of prosecco for the ultimate onion ring experience.To read about the 10 Best Onion Rings in America, click here.

The additional accoutrements that I serve with my Kobe Bad Ass Dog is what makes it so special. My onion jam adds a great depth flavor to a usually boring ketchup-and-mustard hot dog, and my angry onions are the perfect crunch.

That tangy sauce you get to dunk your fries and chicken nuggets into has to be great with other things besides fried foods, right? We thought so, and so we tossed it with some string beans and added an extra crunch with another fast-food favorite, Burger King Onion Rings.

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Recipe Summary

  • 1 yellow onion - ends trimmed off, peeled, and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 3 cups panko bread crumbs, or more if needed
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • cooking spray

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

Separate onion slices into individual rings.

Whisk egg whites with milk in a bowl until thoroughly combined season egg mixture with a pinch of cayenne pepper. Place panko crumbs into a separate bowl.

Place onion rings into a large resealable plastic bag. Add flour, salt, and black pepper seal bag and shake until rings are well coated with flour.

Drop flour-coated onion rings into egg white-milk mixture, a few at a time, and toss lightly with tongs until coated. Place rings into panko crumbs and gently shake the bowl to toss the crumbs with the onion rings until rings are coated with crumbs.

Transfer coated onion rings to a large baking sheet spray rings lightly with cooking spray.

Bake in the preheated oven until onion rings are tender and crumbs are lightly golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.


Restaurant Style Onion Rings Recipe

When we go out to eat, I always opt for onion rings over fries. There is just something about that sweet onion dipped in batter and when you dunk it in fry sauce . . . oh my gosh. It’s heavenly.

This recipe is super simple to throw together.It just uses a few ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.

These Homemade Onion Rings are deep fried, but if you are looking for a baked option, be sure to check out our Low Fat Baked Onion Rings.

How to make homemade onion rings crispy

When it comes to making a restaurant-quality onion ring at home, the key is making the onion rings CRISPY! No one wants a soggy onion ring.

If you follow this recipe, you will get crispy onion rings every time.

With the oil, you want to make sure that it heats up to 365 degrees F. We want the oil to be super hot so that the batter starts frying as soon as it hits the oil.

Also, after you have dipped the onions in the batter, let the excess batter drip off before frying them in the oil. This will ensure that you have the perfect amount of batter on each onion.

When it comes to deep frying, this Lodge Cast Dutch Oven is my favorite way to fry!

Tame the onion flavor in your onion rings

There are some people who want to take the onion flavor down a notch. Sometimes you cut into an onion and the odor is overpowering!

If this is the case, all that you have to do is let the onion slices soak in buttermilk for 5-10 minutes before dredging them in the batter.

Don’t have buttermilk? It’s easy to make your own! For every 1 cup of milk, add in 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar. Stir it up (the acid might make the milk curdle slightly) and it’s ready to go!

Pancake mix onion ring batter

Some of our readers have recommended substituting pancake mix in place of the all-purpose flour and they have loved the results.

If you try it out, let us know in the comments below!

Homemade fry sauce for dipping onion rings

When we go to local restaurants with onion rings, my favorite dipping sauce for them is fry sauce (some say it’s a Utah thing, but I have had it in restaurants across the nation).

Here is my recipe for homemade fry sauce:

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (light mayo works great, but don’t use Miracle Whip)
  • 3 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together and serve with onion rings.

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What to serve with onion rings

To me, nothing compliments onion rings better than a nice, juicy burger! Try these:


Separate the onion rounds into individual rings. Place in a gallon-sized zipper-lock freezer bag and put them in the freezer until completely frozen, at least 1 hour (they can stay in the freezer for up to 1 month).

When ready to fry, remove the onion rings from the freezer bag, transfer to a bowl, and thaw under tepid running water. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet lined with a clean kitchen towel or several layers of paper towels and dry the rings thoroughly. Carefully peel off the inner papery membrane from each ring and discard (the rings will be very floppy). Set aside.

Preheat the oil to 375°F in a large wok or a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and paprika in a medium bowl and whisk together. Combine the beer and vodka in a small bowl.

Slowly add the beer mixture to the flour mixture, whisking constantly until the batter has texture of thick paint (you may not need all of the beer). The batter should leave a trail if you drip it back into the bowl off the whisk. Do not overmix a few small lumps are OK. Dip one onion ring in the batter, making sure that all surfaces are coated, lift it out, letting the excess batter drip off, and add it to the hot oil by slowly lowering it in with your fingers until just one side is sticking out, then dropping it in. Repeat until half of the rings are in the oil. Fry, flipping the rings halfway through cooking, until they are deep golden brown, about 4 minutes. Transfer the rings to a large mixing bowl lined with paper towels and toss while sprinkling salt over them. The fried rings can be placed on a rack on a rimmed baking sheet and kept hot in a 200°F oven while you fry the remaining rings. Serve the rings immediately.


This onion frittata is a lifesaver when it seems like there's nothing in the fridge. Use fresh herbs, eggs, and that hunk of Parmesan you've been working through.

Peeling pearl onions is one of the most tedious kitchen tasks. Beat the boredom by mixing in some red grapes—their color and sweet flavor are an explosive contrast to the onions plus, you don't have to peel them.

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The Ultimate Onion Rings Recipe Collection – Keto, Air Fryer & Spicy Ones

I needed a good onion rings recipe last weekend. I found a bunch of excellent ones. Beer-battered onion rings won the day, but there are many new variations I&rsquod never thought of.

Keto onion rings, air fryer onion rings, bacon-wrapped, beer-battered, spicy, quinoa-crusted and chicharon onion rings. Onion strings, onion straws, onion dippers, even a jalapeno popper stuffed version.

And be sure to check out the last recipe. Ladies and gentlemen&hellip Bacon-wrapped Pineapple Mozzarella Onion Rings a.k.a. Bacon Donuts.

1. Low Carb Air Fried Onion Rings

This recipe for Low Carb Air Fried Onion Rings makes for a great appetizer. Clever use of flour and bread alternatives keep them low-carb too. This has been the most popular recipe ever posted on this site!
From: The Sugar Free Diva


There are two great ways to keep the onion rings warm while frying the rest of the batch. The first is to prepare a plate with aluminum foil over it. That will allow you to keep the heat in when you’re working in quick batches.

The next is to heat your oven to 200°F and to put the onion rings on a baking sheet. Keeping them in the oven while you continue to fry allows them to stay warm and is a great option if you’re serving them to a crowd later on. It also helps them stay crispier.


Recipe Summary

  • 2 large onions, peeled (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ⅓ cup flat beer
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1 ½ tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • ¼ cup ketchup

Cut the onion crosswise into 3/4-inch-thick slices, and separate into rings. Use 16 of the largest rings reserve remaining onion for another use. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup level with a knife. Combine flour, salt, paprika, and pepper in a medium bowl. Stir in beer and egg white (batter will be thick). Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Dip 5 onion rings in batter, letting excess drip off. Add onion rings to pan cook for 2 minutes on each side or until golden. Place the onion rings on a jelly-roll pan. Repeat procedure of dipping onion rings in batter and cooking in remaining oil, ending with 6 rings. Coat the onion rings with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes or until crisp. Serve rings with ketchup.


Buttermilk Onion Rings

Yes, this recipe requires some frying. I know what you’re thinking, and my response is- feel guilty. Yes, swim in that river of guilt, but keep one thing in mind- these things are amazing! The original recipe calls for a very thinly sliced onion (about 1/8-inch slices)- I like my onion rings a little bit on the thicker side (about 1/4-inch slices) because I like the onion-y flavor, but slice it to what you’d prefer the rings to be like. This recipe feeds 2-3 (you’re pushing it if you try to feed four people), but you can easily double it or triple it.


Our Favorite Dipping Sauces!

Now that you have your perfect crispy Homemade Onion Rings, what are you dipping 'em in? Here are some of our favorite homemade condiments and dipping sauces.

Fry Sauce From Scratch - A mayo / ketchup dipping sauce love child!

Our personally favorite is our Fry Sauce!

Ahhh Homemade Onion Rings. There's something even more satisfying about a treat that's made from scratch, you know? Yes, it takes more time and more effort, but I liken it to when you grow your own vegetables. Is there anything better than eating a fresh off the vine tomato that you grew yourself? Nope. Well, except for a freshly fried from scratch onion ring dunked in a from scratch fry sauce!

I might have eaten all of these onion rings for dinner. With a beer. It's been a long week - and really, if you think about it, it had everything I needed, right? Vegetables and carbs - I'm good! Plus, with all of the salads and other healthy snacks we make, Homemade Onion Rings for dinner every once in awhile is finnneee. Balance, friends. Balance.

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