Basic Fried Onion Rings With Beer Batter

Steak Garnished With Onion Rings
Steak Garnished With Onion Rings. Herbert Lehmann / Getty Images
  • 35 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 6 to 8 Servings
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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. I always use large sweet onions for 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.

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

The recipe was shared on our forum by Liz.

What You'll Need

  • 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)

How 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.
  1. Fry the onion rings for about 2 minutes, turning them once or twice until they're a uniform delicate golden color 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 825
Total Fat 85 g
Saturated Fat 6 g
Unsaturated Fat 61 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 218 mg
Carbohydrates 15 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 2 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)