Onion Rings Recipe

This beer battered onion rings recipe is easy to make from scratch with simple secrets for light and airy batter that’s extra crispy. No beer? No problem! Check out my easy substitution options and get ready to make the best homemade onion rings!

Be sure to try my recipe for homemade French Fries next!

A white plate with crispy beer battered onion rings and dipping sauce.

Onion Rings Recipe

If you’re looking for a no-fail recipe for the best homemade onion rings, you’ve come to the right place. I thoroughly researched each ingredient for this recipe to fully understand what role they all play to make sure these onion rings are light, airy, and crispy, with batter that actually sticks to the onion ring.

Check out all of my simple secrets below. Happy frying, friends!

Ingredients

See recipe card at bottom of post for ingredient amounts and full instructions

  • Yellow Onion – You can also use Vidalia onions for a sweeter taste. Choose onions that are nice and firm.
  • Cornstarch– See below on what role this plays
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Beer– Pale Ale is great, see below for other suggestions

How to Cut Onion Rings

Peel the Onion and slice the stem off.

Place the onion on its side. Cut a small slice on the bottom to create a flat surface to keep the onion in place.

An image of an onion with the stem being cut and skin being peeled to make homemade onion rings.

Cut  into 1/2 inch slices. A mandoline slicer helps to ensure even slices.

Separate the slices into rings.

Slicing an onion into strings for an onion ring recipe.

What Temperature to Fry Onion Rings

  • An oil temperature between 365°-375° is perfect for deep fried onion rings.
  • Canola oil or Vegetable oil are the best to use for deep frying.

A dutch oven filled with deep fried onion rings frying in oil.

The Role of Beer in Beer Batter

  • The carbonation in beer provides lift while the batter is deep frying in oil, which makes it light and airy.
  • It also adds acidity to the batter which limits the amount of gluten that can develop when the beer is combined with the flour. Limiting gluten in the batter prevents it from becoming tough, and also makes it crispier

Cooks illustrated outlines this information in more detail.

Best Kinds of Beer for Beer Batter

The kind of beer that you use can be a matter of personal taste, but you really can’t go wrong with using a pale ale like Sierra Nevada. Here is a guide with 6 additional suggestions for the best beers for beer batter.

Beer Substitute

Seltzer/Club Soda water makes a great substitute for beer in beer batter. You can experiment with other carbonated beverages such as root beer and ginger ale.

How to Keep the Batter From Falling Off

Lightly coating each onion ring in cornstarch is the best way to ensure that the batter stays on the onion ring and that you have extra crispy results:

  • Cornstarch provides a textured surface around the onion ring which allows it to grip and hold on to the batter so that it doesn’t slide right off.
  • If also prevents gluten from developing, which yields crispier results. Additionally, it absorbs moisture, which also makes them extra crispy.

Dipping an onion ring into a bowl of beer batter for an onion rings recipe.

Soaking Onions in Ice Water

This is optional. Soaking onions in water for 15-20 minutes helps to neutralize the flavors of the onion and lessen the “bite”. It also brings out a sweet flavor and makes them a bit crunchier.

Easy Onion Ring Sauce

Combine equal parts BBQ Sauce + Ranch Salad Dressing. Taste, and add more of either one per your taste preferences. Optional: Heat for a few seconds in microwave prior to serving.

Reheating

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days and can be reheated in a 350° degree oven or air fryer for up to 5 minutes, until heated through.

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Onion Rings Recipe

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This beer battered onion rings recipe is easy to make from scratch with simple secrets for light and airy batter that's extra crispy. No beer? No problem! Check out my easy substitution options and get ready to make the best homemade onion rings!

Ingredients

  • 1 jumbo yellow onion, about 1 pound
  • 1/3 cup corn starch
  • 48 oz. vegetable oil, can also use canola

Batter

  • 1 ½ cups flour, + 2 TBS as needed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 12 oz. can beer, can sub seltzer water

Instructions

  • Place paper towels over a large baking sheet. Place cooling racks over the paper towels next to where you’ll be frying.
  • Slice onions into ½ inch thick slices and separate the slices into rings. (See post for step by step photos and PRO tips for cutting onion rings.)
  • Optional: Soak onions in ice water for 15 minutes and pat them completely dry before frying. This neutralizes the flavors and brings out a hint of sweetness instead of a harsher bite. It also makes them a bit crunchier.
  • Coat each onion ring in cornstarch. The cornstarch helps the batter stick to the onions. It also absorbs moisture and prevents gluten from developing, which makes them crispier.
  • Whisk the 1 ½ cups flour and remaining dry ingredients together until well-combined. Gradually pour in the beer, whisking continuously. Add up to 2 additional tablespoons of flour if needed. The consistency should resemble a thin pancake batter.
  • Heat oil to 365-375 degrees. Dip 4-5 onion rings in batter and gently shake off any excess. Carefully lower them, one at a time, into the preheated oil.
  • Fry for about 1 minute + 20 seconds. Flip them over when the first side is golden brown. Cook for another 45 seconds or so, then remove and place on cooling racks.
  • Repeat until all onion rings have been fried. Serve with onion ring sauce.
  • PRO Tip: To keep fried onion rings warm, place the cooling rack with the onion rings in a 200-degree oven.

Notes

Easy Onion Ring Sauce

Combine equal parts BBQ Sauce + Ranch Salad Dressing. Taste, and add more of either one per your taste preferences. 
Optional: Heat for a few seconds in microwave prior to serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 289kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Sodium: 781mg, Potassium: 164mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 328IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 40mg, Iron: 2mg