Homemade Onion Rings

by Merissa on October 2, 2013

in Recipes

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Homemade Onion Rings

Hot, fresh, and crunchy onion rings are one of my favorite dishes to order in a restaurant.  The combination of sweet onion slices, dredged in a salty batter, with the crunchy texture that comes from frying, is a harmonious combination of flavors.

I wanted to be able to duplicate the dish at home, so I asked my brother for advice.  He works in a restaurant that serves up this delicious treat, and gave me a few tips and tricks to make perfect restaurant-quality onion rings, in the comfort of my own home.

Homemade Onion Rings

Serves 4 (or 2 hungry people)

What you need:

  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 egg
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • oil for frying

Start by removing the top and bottom of the onion, and remove the skin.  Thinly slice the onion into strips and separate pieces.

homemade onion rings

In a medium-sized bowl, combine milk and vinegar, then stir.  Let sit for 5 minutes, then whisk in egg.

In a shallow dish, mix together flour, salt, garlic powder and pepper.

Take onion slices and dip into flour mixture.  This first coating of flour helps the batter adhere to the onion during the frying process.  Once all onion slices have been coated in flour, dip the onion slices into the milk mixture, letting excess liquid fall off, then coat again with flour mixture, and set onto a plate or tray.   Repeat process until all onion slices are coated.

Place onion slices into the freezer for 15-20 minutes, to set the coating.  This will also help to keep the batter on the onion rings while they are being fried.

Once the onion rings are in the freezer, add 1" of oil to a deep skillet and warm over medium heat, to 350 degrees.

Remove onion slices from freezer, and fry in oil, in batches for 1-2 minutes a side, until golden brown.  Remove and lay on paper towel-lined plate.

Serve with Homemade Ketchup or with a mix of Homemade Ranch Dressing and Homemade Salsa.

homemade onion rings

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Have you made homemade onion rings before? What is your favorite dipping sauce for onion rings?


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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cynthia L October 3, 2013 at 9:25 am

We usually get onion rings when we go out to eat at a burger place, they are so darn good! I will have to give this recipe a try, onion rings are a favorite in my home!


2 Andrea October 4, 2013 at 8:07 pm

This is my husband’s new favorite Sunday “Football” food. I think I will be making these on an almost weekly basis 🙂


3 Katie December 9, 2013 at 3:58 pm

These were really good, even my kids liked them. The only change I made was to substitute grape seed oil for the canola oil. Thanks for a great recipe!


4 Stephanie December 9, 2013 at 4:17 pm

I don’t have vinegar ,, what can I use ,, Please ?!


5 Merissa December 9, 2013 at 4:26 pm

You should be able to sub the vinegar for lemon juice.


6 Kay December 9, 2013 at 5:49 pm

You can also use a little bit of chicken broth. We have used that and it is so good. It is that one ingredient that you can never figure out what it is and what is missing. I would cut down on a little bit of milk also.


7 Tami December 9, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Awesome! thanks 🙂


8 Cathy December 10, 2013 at 8:10 am

My husband would be delighted if I made these! But I’m really surprised that you chose to use canola, aka “Canadian” oil…it’s one of the worst manufactured oils out there, it’s not even from a plant! I’d recommend using lard, tallow or coconut oil for deep frying anything — other vegetable oils can’t take high heat without burning.


9 Jen October 21, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Just what I was thinking. Well said Cathy.


10 Brittany December 10, 2013 at 8:43 am

I cannot WAIT to try this! My fiance is fairly attached to the delicious, unhealthy, fast food. A tad bit reluctant to convert to a completely “healthy” diet if it means sacrificing grease– I mean, taste*. 😉 So I think this recipe will help spruce up our menu. Thank you, Ms. Andrea. 🙂


11 terie July 6, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Could you bake these? I hate the idea of frying them.


12 Bobbi October 23, 2014 at 8:15 am

My hubs would love me if I made these for him 😉 Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

Pinning it!


13 Jill @ Called To Be A Mom October 29, 2014 at 10:16 pm

I love the idea of making my own onion rings. I will be trying these soon! Thanks for sharing on Pintastic Pinteresting Party.


14 Theresa @DearCreatives October 30, 2014 at 11:49 am

Thanks for sharing your recipe @DearCreatives party! I will have to try this sometime! Hope to see you again this week. Pinned


15 Rachel October 31, 2014 at 12:50 pm

I love onion rings and yours look so delicious! Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.


16 Nelia January 26, 2015 at 7:36 pm

I use buttermilk instead of the milk and vinegar.


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