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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, and try serving these with my Baked Chili Cheese Dogs!

Onion Rings piled up on a plate with a ramekin of ketchup.

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!


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 with the stem side facing out. 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.
  • 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.

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 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

  • 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.

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.


  • 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.

A close up view of a crispy beer batter fried onion ring.


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Onion Rings Recipe

4.93 from 14 ratings
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! Seltzer water works as well!


  • 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.


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
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  1. BEST onion ring recipe we’ve ever tried and we’ve tried several! I’ve tried so many of your recipes and every single one is delicious! Thank you for sharing so much yumminess. 🙂 

    • This makes me so happy Amy!!!❤️ Thank you so much for your support. I’m so happy you’re enjoying the recipes! This onion ring recipe is one of my recent favorites. My husband’s been putting them on cheeseburgers with some bbq sauce, kind of like a Rodeo Burger!😋 Thanks so much for the great comments and review!

  2. best onion rings we have tried other recipes but keep coming back to this one. they also reheat well in the air fryer. LOVE THEM!!!

    • I’m so happy to hear that Jodi! We love these too. My husband like putting them in his cheeseburger, kind of like a Rodeo Burger! Thank so much for the great review!❤️

  3. Could you batter the onion rings then freeze them so they could be cooked in an air fryer?

  4. Do you think I could use gluten free flour?

  5. I have been using any store bought batter mix to coat my onion rings & it was only OK. I decided to look for a recipe this time instead & in my search yours looked easy. To be honest I wasn’t expecting homemade to taste much different than the mix. But oh my goodness this recipe is amazing. Light & crispy & so tasty. I don’t drink beer so I didn’t have any on hand so I used club soda. I didn’t soak them either because I wanted the full flavor of the onion. Never again will I buy a mix, they don’t come close. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful recipe.

    • Hey Brenda! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the onion rings, nothing beats a good onion ring! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review, I really appreciate it! -Stephanie

  6. A hit with my mom! Even I liked them and I’m not a fan of onion rings. Will definitely be making these again as appetizers or weekend comfort snacks.

  7. My husband had a wild hair that he wanted onion rings. I looked at MANY recipes and chose this one. We followed it exactly.  We will make them again, with a couple tweeks. I think I’d rather not soak them in water. We like the big onion flavor.  I’m going to add more seasoning to the batter. Maybe try more garlic or Cajun spice.  I DID like how the batter fried up. I don’t like the bread crumb outer coating. Thanks !!

  8. Absolutely incredible! Best onion rings we’ve ever had.  I made a double batch of batter and followed the onion rings with rockfish fillets. We don’t have fried food very often and this was an terrific treat. Thank you for the recipe!

    • You’re very welcome Donna! Thanks so much for the awesome review!😃 Reading this just reminded me that I haven’t had these in awhile. I might have to squeeze them into the rotation this week!

  9. This was definitely the best onion ring recipe ever, I looked through several before committing, and I’m glad I chose yours. You gave so much good info, I’ll never have to search for one again. Thank you!

  10. Would this batter work for fish

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