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How to Make Onion Rings

Crispy onion rings are perfect with burgers, steaks, or just about anything. With only a few ingredients, you can fry a batch of onion rings at home that will certainly be a crowd-pleaser.


  • Step 1: Heat oil to 375 degrees Pour 3 inches of vegetable oil into a Dutch oven or deep fryer, and heat it to 375 degrees. Use a candy thermometer to check the temperature.
  • Step 2: Whisk ingredients Mix together 1 cup of flour, a teaspoon of salt, pepper, and baking powder. Then add the beer and ice water, and continue mixing until everything is well combined.
  • TIP: Use buttermilk instead of beer if you prefer.
  • Step 3: Slice onions into rings Slice the onions into large rings, about 1/2-inch thick.
  • TIP: Add spices to the flour to give the onion rings a different flavor. Use a tablespoon or more of cayenne pepper for extra heat.
  • Step 4: Dredge onions in flour Work with the onion rings in batches of eight or nine. Dredge each onion ring in the first batch in the remaining cup of flour to coat. Shake off any excess flour.
  • Step 5: Dredge onions in batter Dredge each ring in the batter mixture to coat, shaking off any excess.
  • Step 6: Fry until golden brown Carefully dip each ring into the hot oil. Fry them for 2 to 3 minutes, until they are golden brown. Remove the rings from the oil and drain them on paper towels. Continue frying the remaining rings.
  • TIP: Make sure the oil temperature stays between 350 and 375 degrees or your onion rings won't be crispy.
  • Step 7: Sprinkle with salt or Parmesan Sprinkle the onion rings with salt or Parmesan cheese. Serve them with a dipping sauce while they're warm and crispy.
  • FACT: Ancient Greeks believed that onions made a person stronger. Before Olympic Games, athletes would eat pounds of onions, drink onion juice, and rub onions over their bodies for extra strength.

You Will Need

  • Oil
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 c. beer
  • 2 tbsp. ice water
  • 2 medium yellow onions
  • Dipping sauce
  • Dutch oven or deep fryer
  • Candy thermometer
  • 1 c. buttermilk (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)

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