Crispy, Crunchy Homemade Onion Rings are perfect served with hamburgers or your favorite meal. These delicious onion rings are made with a light beer batter and fried. No need to visit your favorite restaurant for amazing crispy onion rings any longer.
My family loves onion rings. We have our favorite go-to places to order onion rings. Our absolute favorite is a local hamburger joint that has the best ones. Then there are several places that just don’t compare. We’ve really become onion ring connoisseurs – is there even such a thing?
What we really love in an onion ring is a great crispy coating that has great crunch and taste when you bite into it. The onion also has to be cooked just perfectly.
I often have recipes planned out that I’m going to make. But then sometimes I visit the grocery store and all my plans go straight out the window.
That’s what happened with this recipe. I was all set to make a strawberry dessert and then when I got to the store this huge bin of onions was staring at me. The onions were huge and on sale! How could I say no? Onion rings quickly became my next item to make!
I came home with a bagful of onions determined to create an onion ring that rivaled our favorite burger joint’s onion rings.
Tips for making onion rings
- Slice onions in large rings – 1/2 inches is ideal!
- Soak onions for 1-3 hours in milk. This helps mellow the strong onion taste
- Make certain oil is preheated to 375 degrees
- Cook in small batches – don’t over crowd your oil
- Keep cooked onions in a 175 degree oven on a baking sheet lined with a rack while the other onions are cooking
What type of onion should I use?
I used yellow onions when making this recipe. You could also use a white onion or a sweet onion like a Walla Walla sweet onion.
What kind of oil should I use?
I used canola oil, but you could also use a vegetable oil or a peanut oil.
What type of batter is best for onion rings?
I like making a beer batter. It is light and crispy and holds up to the rings. All you need to make the batter is flour, salt and beer. Use a light tasting beer, like a pilsner.
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- 1 - 2 large onion
- 1 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups beer
Assembly and Cooking
- 4-6 cups oil
- 1/2 cup flour
- Peel and slice onions into 1/2 inch rings. Separate rings and place in a dish.
- Pour milk over onions. Cover and refrigerate 1-2 hours. Stir onions at least once during resting time.
- Add flour and salt to a mixing bowl. Stir together.
- Mix in beer.
- Cover and let sit at room temperature for at least one hour.
Assembly and Cooking
- Preheat oil to 375 degrees. Amount of oil used depends on size of pan. You want 2-3 inches of oil in pan.
- Place flour into a bag.
- Pour off milk from onion rings.
- Place 3-5 onion rings in bag. Shake lightly so they are coated.
- Place each onion ring into batter one at a time. Remove from batter with tongs or a fork, tapping tongs lightly on side of bowl to remove excess batter.
- Place in oil.
- Do not overcrowd pan.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown.
- Remove from oil and place on a baking sheet lined with a baking rack.
- Place baking sheet in a 175 degree oven to keep warm while cooking remaining onion rings.
- Allow oil to return to 375 degrees and repeat.
- Sprinkle with salt just before serving.