Appetizer/ Recipe/ Side Dish

Onion Rings

March 18, 2018 (Last Updated: March 9, 2019)

Crispy, Crunchy Onion Rings

Homemade onion rings with a crispy coating.

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 have a recipe that rivals our favorite hamburger joint’s onion rings!

Yellow onions ready to be turned into delicious onion rings

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 these onion rings. 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!

Cut onions all ready to be turned into delicious onion rings.

I came home with a bagful of onions determined to create an onion ring that rivaled our favorite burger joint’s onion rings.

How to make 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 onion rings in a 175 degree oven on a baking sheet lined with a rack while the other onion rings are cooking

Crunchy, crispy onion rings

Onion Ring Batter

I make a beer batter for these onion rings. The batter is light and crispy.   All you need to make the batter is flour, salt and beer. 


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Onion Rings
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Resting Time
1 hr
Total Time
35 mins

Crispy, Crunchy onion rings

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crispy onion rings, homemade onion rings, onion rings recipe
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 429 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 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
  • salt
  1. Peel and slice onions into 1/2 inch rings. Separate rings and place in a dish.

  2. Pour milk over onions.  Cover and refrigerate 1-2 hours. Stir onions at least once during resting time. 

  1. Add flour and salt to a mixing bowl.  Stir together.

  2. Mix in beer.

  3. Cover and let sit at room temperature for at least one hour.

Assembly and Cooking
  1. Preheat oil to 375 degrees. Amount of oil used depends on size of pan. You want 2-3 inches of oil in pan. 

  2. Place flour into a bag.

  3. Pour off milk from onion rings. 

  4. Place 3-5 onion rings in bag.  Shake lightly so they are coated.

  5. 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.

  6. Place in oil.

  7. Do not overcrowd pan.

  8. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown.

  9. Remove from oil and place on a baking sheet lined with a baking rack.

  10. Place baking sheet in a 175 degree oven to keep warm while cooking remaining onion rings. 

  11. Allow oil to return to 375 degrees and repeat. 

  12. Sprinkle with salt just before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Onion Rings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 429 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 468mg 20%
Potassium 220mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 55g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 3.4%
Calcium 8.8%
Iron 16.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Have you ever wondered what type of onion is best? Check out this Onion Cheat Sheet.




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  • Reply
    Erin Schmidt
    July 13, 2018 at 4:20 am

    What kind of milk do you use? Whole or buttermilk?

    • Reply
      July 13, 2018 at 6:15 am

      Hi Erin,
      I use whole or 2% milk for the onion rings. I hope you enjoy them!

  • Reply
    Sasha @ Eat Love Eat
    April 11, 2018 at 2:40 am

    Onion rings are one of my favourites things! I always have to weigh up whether to order onion rings or fries (but let’s face it, often end up with both!) Your recipe looks great!

  • Reply
    April 7, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Onion rings are my absolute favorite! Anytime I can swap out fries for onion rings, I go for it! I love that you included soaking them in milk!

    • Reply
      April 7, 2018 at 5:50 pm

      I totally agree with you. I prefer onion rings over fries most of the time!

  • Reply
    March 23, 2018 at 7:27 am

    Whelp, now I’m craving onion rings like CRAZY! I haven’t had onion rings in a long time, but when I splurge, you BEST believe I’m making this recipe!! Yum, yum gimmie some!

  • Reply
    March 23, 2018 at 4:38 am

    I do the same – plan what to cook for the whole week and then go shopping, buy some things that are on sale or just look too good for me to leave them there, and then I have to change my plans. But I love cooking, so that’s not such a big problem. 🙂 Delicious looking onion rings, I have only eaten them once in a restaurant and thought they were great, but I’ve never would have thought about making them at home. Super recipe!

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    [email protected]
    March 19, 2018 at 7:15 am

    Is there anything better than homemade onion rings? I think not! YUM!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    March 19, 2018 at 5:36 am

    I am an onion ring FANATIC! The only time I order them out is where they’re made in house. I could legit make a meal out of these – so good! Yours looks crispy, golden and just perfect! Yum!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    March 19, 2018 at 5:01 am

    I always knew we were friends, Kathy, but the “onion ring connoisseur” just cemented the fact. I absolutely love onion rings! We’ve found some pretty decent ones in the freezer section at the grocery store, but now I want to try my hand at making beer battered onion rings at home. These rings look perfect! So perfect that I might eat the entire batch. Oops. 🙂

    • Reply
      March 25, 2018 at 6:32 pm

      Onion rings are the true basis of all friendships! 🙂

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    March 19, 2018 at 3:46 am

    My husband and I would be fighting over the last one Kathy! Homemade onion rings are our favorite! These look amazing!

    • Reply
      March 25, 2018 at 6:25 pm

      Just make a double batch! No need to fight! 🙂

  • Reply
    Prabhatha Kusuman
    March 18, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Very nice

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