Amazing Crispy Fried Onion Rings

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

These onion rings are perfectly coated by the batter; not overly thick batter that hides the taste of the onions. I prefer to slice regular onions thin so that the result is a fine, crisp onion ring. I challenge you to try this one out on friends using your favorite recipe. I think it is fantastic and hope you will, too.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a 3 quart pot, heat about 3-4 inches of vegetable oil on medium to medium high heat.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mix in milk with a whisk, adding more milk if needed until mixture is the consistency is like a thin-medium pancake batter.
  3. Cut onions into thin rings and toss in batter.
  4. Place a single ring into the oil to test for appropriate heat. Onion ring should sizzle and start to brown immediately.
  5. Place small batches of onion rings into the oil and when they turn dark golden brown on one side, flip them over to the othe side with a slotted spoon or carving fork.
  6. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat until all onions are done. (Add a bit more milk to the batter if it appears that the last batch isn't getting coated enough.).
  7. I like to salt the cooked onion rings, but that is optional.
Most Helpful

These were crazy good! The cornmeal really is the secret ingredient in these, it brings the best flavor I've only ever had with fast food restaurants. 1/3 cup of milk was nowhere near enough to bring the batter together, I found I needed more like 3/4 cup. Next time I think I'll try having the batter with 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup cornmeal. So good!

surethingdollface October 13, 2010

DEEEELICIOUS!!!! Crispy and tasty. Not greasy. Light batter is just perfect. I have made this recipe about three times in one week because the taste is so great that I keep wanting it over and over.

StinaWina March 29, 2008

Very good onion rings. We loved that you only had to just dip them in the batter one time and that was it. So simple! Thanks for for posting this amazing recipe.

gwynn November 08, 2011