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, and try serving these with my Baked Chili Cheese Dogs!
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!
How to Cut Onion Rings
Peel the Onion and slice the stem off.
Place the onion on its side with the stem side facing out. Cut a small slice on the bottom to create a flat surface to keep the onion in place.
Cut into 1/2 inch slices. A mandoline slicer helps to ensure even slices.
Separate the slices into rings.
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.
- PRO TIP: The onions should rise to the top of the oil almost immediately if the oil is at the right temperature. If it’s not hot enough, the onion ring will sink (and likely stick) to the bottom and the batter will fall off.
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 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.
- 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
- Crucial Tip: The oil has to be hot enough. Otherwise the batter will melt right off of the onion.
- Coating each onion ring in cornstarch is another 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.
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.
- 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.
Tools For This Recipe
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- Oil Thermometer
- Deep Fryer
- Dutch Oven can be used on the stove instead of a deep fryer
- Spider Strainer
- Cooling Racks
What to Serve With Onion Rings
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Onion Rings Recipe
- 1 jumbo yellow onion, about 1 pound
- 1/3 cup corn starch
- 48 oz. vegetable oil, can also use canola
- 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
- 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.
- Place cooling racks over a baking sheet next to where you’ll be frying.
- Peel the onion and position it so the stem is facing outward (not up or down). 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.)
- Toss thein cornstarch. This 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. If the oil is at the right temperature, they should rise to the top almost immediately. If it's not, they'll sink and stick to the bottom and the batter will fall off.
- 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. (I find that using a fork is the best way to handle them.)
- Repeat until all onion rings have been fried. Serve with dipping sauce. (Ketchup, Ranch, BBQ Sauce, or a combination sauces!)
- PRO Tip: To keep fried onion rings warm, place the cooling rack with the onion rings in a 200-degree oven.
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.
By far our favorite batter. Worked for cheese curds too (omitted corn starch).
Wahooo! I’m so happy it worked for cheese curds too! Thanks so much for the great comments and review!💗
Wow. This is THE PERECT recipe! Thought I had a good one before, but thankfully I didn’t write it down and therefore went googling for it and instead found this one. The addition of liberal spices made these delicious all on their own. That being said, we paired this with bison butter burgers and rattlesnake sauce and they were a hit! Thanks for a great recipe! Made my husbands birthday dinner amazing!
Wow that meal sounds amazing Jess, I just got hungry! I’m so happy this made your husband’s birthday dinner, thanks so much for the great comments and for taking the time to leave a review!💗
I have used this recipe twice now, but instead of making onion rings, I used it to coat some haddock filets, and it turned out amazing! It was seriously better than any deep fried fish that I have had in a restaurant! Thankyou! Thankyou!! Thankyou!!
You’re so welcome Edy! This comment makes me so happy! It’s so cool that you used this to coat haddock filets, I but that was awesome! Thanks so much for the great review💖
I made these tonight ,they were good but left me thinking they needed something.next time I will add cayenne since we like a little heat . Thanks
Glad that you enjoyed it Betty, I love the idea of adding cayenne! 🙂
Oh my goodness…these were delicious (and devoured in minutes). I followed your recipe to the letter, using seltzer water instead of beer. They were light & crunchy. Thanks!
Sounds like you nailed it Cheryl, nice work! These always go fast in my house too. Thanks so much for the great comments and review!❤️
These onion rings were great!!! Cornstarch does really help the batter stick. We used purple onions, skipped soaking in ice water, and (if our thermometer was accurate) used our oil at 325 to 350. We used a single chopstick to lift the rings out of the batter&transfer to oil, and another single chopstick to remove them when browned. We have a cooking track which fits nicely within the sides of a baking sheet, and kept them hot as suggested while fish&chips were completed. This was a neat addition to our semi-annual grease-night. Easy.
I’m so happy you enjoyed the Onion Rings Cassie! Great idea using a chopstick to move them around! Thanks so much for the great comments and review!❤️
These are the best onion rings I’ve ever made and really easy. Thank you so much for sharing this with us ❤️
You’re very welcome Jane! I’m so happy you liked these. I love the crunch!😋 Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review!
Have made these twice we really enjoyed them will make again
Yayyy! I’m so happy to hear that Janie! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!😍
These were excellent! I didn’t soak the onions, but I did use the cornstarch hint, and the batter adhered very well. I was worried that the spices would overwhelm the batter, but they were perfect! Thank you!
Hey Britt! I am so happy to hear that, you made my day! Thank you SO much for the review too!! -Stephanie