Restaurant Style Onion Rings Recipe


Restaurant Style Onion Rings Recipe

Whenever my husband and I go out to eat, I am always sure to order onion rings.  I would pick onion rings over fries any day of the week!  We have been using our grill A LOT now that it has warmed up, and these onion rings make the perfect side dish to any of your grilled burgers or dishes!  I never thought that we would be able to achieve restaurant quality onion rings at home, but we totally did.  These. Were. Amazing.

Restaurant Style Onion Rings Recipe:
(Makes 3-4 servings)

1 quart vegetable oil
1 large vidalia onion, cut into 1/4″ slices
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup dry bread crumbs
Seasoned salt, to taste

Heat vegetable oil in a deep-fryer or pot to 365 degrees.  Separate the onion slices into rings and set aside.  In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.  Dip the onion slices in the flour mixture until completely coated and set aside.  Whisk the eggs and milk into the flour mixture.  Dip the floured rings into the batter to coat and place on a wire rack to let excess batter drip off.  Pour the bread crumbs in a large bowl.  Gently toss battered onions into the bread crumbs and and coat evenly.  Deep fry a few rings at a time for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown.  Place finished onion rings on paper towels to drain.  Season with seasoning salt and serve.

(Recipe adapted from All Recipes)

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  1. Judy says

    Our secret when I worked in a restaurant that was famous for onion rings 36 years ago was pancake batter mix…but I will definitely have to try these as hubby likes his onion rings.

  2. Jenn from Much to My Delight says

    I too would rather have onion rings over fries. With fries, they can be limp and mealy. I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad onion ring. It’s like pizza–even when it’s not great, it’s still good! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I may give this a whirl this summer!

  3. Karen says

    Just made this recipe and it was a total success! Thought I’d give it a try with some leftover onion I was gonna throw out but this was the perfect easy, quick recipe! I made my batter with pancake mix too as suggested by another reader and seasoned with salt and a pinch of chili pepper. YUM!

  4. Steve says

    Just finished eating these and the family loved them. My wife went back for more a couple times; she raved that the batter was light, she could taste the onion, and on and on. The best onion rings I’ve ever served. Thank You.

  5. bets jackson says

    Elyse….!!! I was just browing thru different things I could make today for my boys, 18 & 23. I know my youngest one loves onion rings and so I googled onion ring images and saw your onion rings. They caught my eye and so I went to your site. You had stated that you didn’t think it was possible to make restaurant-style onion rings at home, but that this recipe hit the mark. Elyse….you are spot-on!!! I made the onion rings from scratch (no pancake batter here), added a Tablespoon of sugar to the batter as my boys like things a bit sweet and they were…. as my youngest said in his words….”Addicting!” I will never search for another onion ring recipe ever. Thank you so very much for posting your recipe. It is so nice to be able to make onion rings for my boys because I think onion rings are expensive and you get very little when you do purchase them. Plus, some are even chopped bits of onions…yuck. I’m happy, my boys are delighted and all is great in the world, Elyse! Your onion rings rock!!!

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