Beer Batter Onion Rings

"Delicious onion rings."
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Ready In:
1hr 4mins


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup beer (I prefer Budweiser)
  • 2 large onions (I prefer Vidalias)
  • vegetable oil (For Deep Fat Frying)


  • Put the flour into a bowl and make a well in the center.
  • Pour the beer into the well and whisk until combined.
  • Let rest, covered for 1 hour.
  • Peel onions and cut crosswise 1/3 inch thick and separate into rings.
  • Dust the onion rings with the additional flour, shaking off the excess, and coat them with the batter.
  • Working in batches, fry the onion rings in 2 inches of preheated 370 degrees, oil until they are golden.
  • Transfer them with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain and sprinkle them with salt to taste.

Questions & Replies

  1. I'm new here and it's driving me crazy trying to figure out how to print a recipe. Help, please.
  2. You say dust the onion rings with the addition flour... where is the additional flour coming from?? all the flour has been used!
  3. Has anyone tried this in an air-fryer?
  4. Thank you, PalatablePastime. My problem has been solved. I hope. I was using my smartphone and none of those buttons showed on my screen. I tried using my tablet and lo and behold, the buttons were there!


  1. DH & I both loved these rings & I esp loved how I felt doing something I'd never tried b4. I used Egils (an Icelandic premium lager) & took a tiny detour from the prep because I thought it would work better for me. I put all the rings in a shaker bag w/1 heaping tbsp of flour, shook the heck out of it & then let them sit in the bag while the batter rested. I had no trouble w/the batter coating or frying, the crunch was great & I was amazed how little oil they absorbed. Despite review comments Re seasoning, I didn't add any as DH is on a severely sodium-restricted diet. I'd normally add salt (or Old Bay) for myself, but was glad I didn't after I dipped the 1st ring in some ketchup for a taste test. Yum! Thx for sharing this recipe. Good stuff! :-)
  2. OMG my husband made these today and I ate so much I'm sick. He used Negra Modelo beer. We love it and will use this for beer batter fish and veggies.
  3. I use this recipe with one onion, and the rest of the batter for shrimp, sometimes dipped in coconut.
  4. Best ever. I read many of the reviews and added a dash of garlic powder and seasoning salt. I had a bottle of Corona extra on hand for the batter. One reviewer mentioned shaking the onion rings in a bag of flour and letting them sit while the batter rested...worked out very well. My husband said he also thought they were the best ever and really not at all greasy. I drained them on paper towels with parchment under (eases the clean up) and kept warm in a 250 oven. This will be a special treat repeat. Thank you.
  5. Love this recipe! But as noted earlier, it is pretty bland. However, I had a spicy dip ready for these, so it didn't matter. If you are serving them without anything else, you'll want to add salt or seasoning to the batter. I tossed my rings in a bag with flour and let them sit alongside the batter for an hour. I used Guinness beer, which gave it a really great flavor. Crispy is an understatement, these are perfect onion rings!


  1. I also keep them warm on paper towels in a low temp (200) oven.
  2. second time added a touch of cayenne pepper, garlic powder and did a mixture of Budweiser and lager lime shandy
  3. Very straightforward. Simple ingredients, great results. For added flavor I used an ale instead of a lager like Budweiser. I used some of my home brew but think of something along the lines of Bass. For a sauce I used tabasco's chipotle sauce. Very desliscious!!


I made this account back in 2001, when the site was called "Recipezaar". A lot has changed in my life since then. My kids are all grown and I try to eat a low-carb lifestyle now. Some of my older recipes were handed down from my grandmother. I hope you all enjoy them as much as I have. Current recipes that I post will mostly be low carb or keto.
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