One of my favorite things to serve up alongside hamburgers and hot dogs is a pile of Crispy Onion Rings! Crunchy and sweet, they’re delicious dipped in fry sauce!
I love a good burger and fries. Pair them up with chocolate milkshake and I’m in fast food heaven! But then the craving hits. I want onion rings and I want them now! Not even Caramelized Onion Dip and potato chips will satisfy my need.
Earlier this month it was my husband (not me for once) who got the onion ring bug and he was relentless. Instead of running out to our local fast food joint, I whipped up a big batch of homemade onion rings at home and we went to town!
CRISPY ONION RINGS
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These onion rings are so crispy and delicious! I love to serve them with some fry sauce for dipping. It’s the perfect pairing to these fried onion rings! I could totally clear a plate of these on my own, but I do like to share. I usually make them to have with our dinner.
What kind of onions are used for onion rings?
Typically onion rings are made with yellow, white, or sweet onions. White onions being more pungent than the other two varieties.
I personally prefer sweet onions for this recipe. As the onions cook, they get sweeter and it’s just so tasty! Yellow onions are my second choice. I like their mild flavor and they stand up to the batter well.
Ingredients for Onion Ring Batter
- All-purpose flour
- Seasoned salt
- Baking powder
- Vegetable oil for frying
If you prefer beer-battered onion rings, simply swap out the water for a nice red larger. It adds great flavor to the batter.
How to Make Onion Rings
- I like to start making these onion rings by heating the oil first. You’ll want to add about 2-inches of oil either in a large pot or large skillet with deep sides.
- Please the pot over medium-high heat and warm oil to 375 degrees F . Add a thermometer to the oil so you can keep an eye on the temperature. You don’t want your oil too hot!
- While the oil is heating up, cut the tops of your onions and peel off the skin. Then cut each onion into 1/4-inch thick slices.
- Using your hands, pop out the center of each slice and discard it. Then separate the slices into rings. You can leave the onions on the cutting board for now.
- Next, you need to mix up the batter. Start by adding the flour, seasoned salt, and baking powder to a medium mixing bowl. Stir the dry ingredients together.
- Then add in the water (or beer) and eggs to the flour mixture. Mix everything up until the batter is nice and smooth. You don’t want any lumps.
- Once the oil is hot enough, dip a few onion rings into the batter. Use a fork to lift the onions out of the batter. Let any excess batter drip off back into the bowl, and then carefully drop the battered rings into the hot oil. Fill the pot, but don’t overcrowd it.
- You’ll deep fry the rings for 2 to 4 minutes per side until they turn a nice golden brown and get crispy. Once the onions are cooked, use a spider strainer or some tongs to transfer the onion rings to a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Here they can let any excess oil drain off. Keep dipping, frying, and resting your onion rings until they’re all cooked.
- Be sure to serve your onion rings immediately so they’re still crispy.
See how easy that is?! Once you make this onion ring recipe, you’ll wonder why you don’t do it more often! It takes just as long to make them from scratch as it does to heat your oven and bake the frozen ones.
What do you eat with onion rings?
Oh gosh, there are some many good options! A great burger is always a good pairing, but if you want to mix things up, try putting some rings on a Honey Mustard Chicken Salad or serve them up with a Jalapeno Popper Hot Dog or Crock Pot Pulled Pork sandwich. So good!
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Tools used to make this Crispy Onion Rings Recipe
Large Pot: This pot is a kitchen essential for everything from dinner to desserts. I use mine all the time and with proper care, it’ll last for years and years.
Long Stem Thermometer: Make sure your oil is hot and ready for frying! This thermometer is also great for checking the internal temperature or roasts and other large cuts of meat.
Spider Strainer: This is my favorite kitchen tool for frying or blanching. This strainer makes it SO easy to get everything out of the pot in a just a couple swipes.
Tongs: A good pair of tongs is a kitchen essential. I like having a couple of sizes – a longer set for grilling and a shorter set for stovetop cooking.
*This post originally posted on07/17/2015.
- Cut off the top of each onion and peel away the skin. Using a sharp knife, cut the onions into 1/4-inch slices (or thicker if you prefer). Separate the individual onion rings from each slice, discarding the centers. Set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, seasoned salt, and baking powder. Add in water and eggs and mix until the batter is smooth.
- Heat 2-inches of oil in a large pot to 375 degrees F over medium-high heat. You can use a long stem thermometer to monitor the oil's temperature.
- Dip onion slices in the batter, and shake gently to remove any excess. Then carefully drop the onions into the hot oil. Do not overcrowd the pot.
- Cook for 2 to 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Use tongs or a spider strainer to remove cooked onion rings to a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining onions and batter.
- Serve onion rings immediately. I like them with fry sauce or ketchup for dipping.