Basic Fried Onion Rings With Beer Batter

Steak Garnished With Onion Rings

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Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
825 Calories
85g Fat
15g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 825
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 85g 108%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 218mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 2g
Calcium 38mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These deep-fried onion rings are coated with a beer batter and fried to perfection. Make the batter 3 hours before you plan to cook for the best results. It's best to use large sweet onions for onion rings, but experiment if you love onion rings.

When deep frying, keep batches small so the oil will return to temperature more quickly. Keep batches warm in the oven while you fry the remaining onion rings. You could also use an air-fryer.

Serve the onion rings with a spicy chili mayonnaise or remoulade sauce.


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups beer, room temperature
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 yellow onions (very large)
  • 3 cups vegetable oil (for deep frying)

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine the flour and beer in a large bowl and whisk until thoroughly blended and smooth. Cover the bowl and allow the batter to sit at room temperature for 3 hours.

  2. Cut the onions into 1/4-inch thick slices then separate into rings.

  3. Heat the oven to 200 F.

  4. Heat the oil to 370 F in a deep, heavy saucepan. Using metal tongs, dip a few onion slices into the batter. Then carefully add them to the hot fat.

  5. Fry the onion rings for about 2 minutes, turning them once or twice until they're a uniform delicate golden color 

  6. Drain the onion rings on a paper towel-lined pan and then transfer them to the preheated oven to keep warm while making subsequent batches.

  7. Repeat with the remaining onion rings.

Tips and Variations

  • For spicy flavor, add about 1 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning or a dash of cayenne pepper.