homemade onion rings
When we go out to eat, I always opt for onion rings over fries. There is just something about that sweet onion dipped in batter and when you dunk it in fry sauce . . . oh my gosh. It’s heavenly.
This recipe is super simple to throw together.It just uses a few ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.
These Homemade Onion Rings are deep fried, but if you are looking for a baked option, be sure to check out our Low Fat Baked Onion Rings.
How to make homemade onion rings crispy
When it comes to making a restaurant-quality onion ring at home, the key is making the onion rings CRISPY! No one wants a soggy onion ring.
If you follow this recipe, you will get crispy onion rings every time.
With the oil, you want to make sure that it heats up to 365 degrees F. We want the oil to be super hot so that the batter starts frying as soon as it hits the oil.
Also, after you have dipped the onions in the batter, let the excess batter drip off before frying them in the oil. This will ensure that you have the perfect amount of batter on each onion.
When it comes to deep frying, this Lodge Cast Dutch Oven is my favorite way to fry!
tame the onion flavor in your onion rings
There are some people who want to take the onion flavor down a notch. Sometimes you cut into an onion and the odor is overpowering!
If this is the case, all that you have to do is let the onion slices soak in buttermilk for 5-10 minutes before dredging them in the batter.
Don’t have buttermilk? It’s easy to make your own! For every 1 cup of milk, add in 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar. Stir it up (the acid might make the milk curdle slightly) and it’s ready to go!
pancake mix onion ring batter
Some of our readers have recommended substituting pancake mix in place of the all-purpose flour and they have loved the results.
If you try it out, let us know in the comments below!
Homemade fry sauce for dipping onion rings
When we go to local restaurants with onion rings, my favorite dipping sauce for them is fry sauce (some say it’s a Utah thing, but I have had it in restaurants across the nation).
Here is my recipe for homemade fry sauce:
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise (light mayo works great, but don’t use Miracle Whip)
- 3 Tablespoons ketchup
- 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together and serve with onion rings.
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What to serve with onion rings
To me, nothing compliments onion rings better than a nice, juicy burger! Try these:
- BBQ Bacon Burger
- The Best Hamburger Recipe
- Baked Cheeseburger Sliders
- Banzai Burger
- Hawaiian Turkey Burgers
Restaurant Style Onion Rings Recipe
- 4 cups vegetable oil
- 1 large Vidalia Onion
- 1½ cups 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. Onion slices should be about 1/4 inch thick. 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.
- deep fryer or deep pot
(Recipe adapted from All Recipes)
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