Crisp and savory on the outside, sweet and silky on the inside, hot all the way through—onion rings rank among the most addictive appetizers. With our easy, step-by-step instructions, we'll teach you how to make homemade onion rings, including how to make batter for onion rings so they're extra crispy and tasty. If you're new to frying at home, we offer a few crucial safety tips you should follow while you're cooking. Also check out our suggestions for what kind of onions to use for your onion rings.
This classic recipe for onion rings will serve six as an appetizer, so be sure to grab a few friends!
Using a chef's knife or sharp thin-blade knife, slice off the stem and root ends of each onion. Remove the peel. Slice each onion crosswise 1/4 inch thick. Separate the onions into rings.
In a medium mixing bowl combine the flour, milk, egg, the 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, and the 1/4 teaspoon salt. Using a whisk or rotary beater, beat until just smooth.
Tip: You might need to stir the last few onion slices into the batter to coat them entirely.
Although onion rings can be savored solo, ketchup is a classic dipping sauce. You can also try one of these gourmet dippers:
Tip: Extra chipotle chile peppers can be frozen. Place in freezer containers; cover with adobo sauce. Seal, label, and freeze for up to 2 months.
Homemade onion rings don't require special equipment. A deep fryer is ideal, however, because it allows you to set and regulate an exact frying temperature. You can get by just fine with a large, deep skillet and a frying thermometer. Don't skip the frying thermometer though—it's important to make sure you're frying at the right temperature so your onion rings come out crispy, crunchy, and delicious.
The cooking oil for frying onions reaches very high temperatures, which can start fires or cause burns if you aren't careful. Before you roll up your sleeves to make onion rings, be sure you're following these safety guidelines:
You can use white or yellow onions to make onion rings. Keep in mind that white onions are generally more pungent than yellow onions. If you are a fan of sweet onions, consider Maui, Vidalia, or Walla Walla onions, which are usually available during the spring and summer. Outside of those seasons, try Oso Sweet or Rio Sweet onions; these yellow onions hail from South America and are available during fall and winter.
Classic onion rings are made from onions that have been sliced, separated into rings, dipped into a batter, and then deep fried. Sometimes onion rings are called "French fried onion rings." However, fried onion rings are not something you're likely to find while poking around Paris. While there's no clear consensus on where onion rings originated, they've become a quintessential American steakhouse and bar-grill specialty. They're often served as appetizers or as side dishes and garnishes to meaty specialties such as steaks, hamburgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches. Onions rings are also popular in Great Britain, Australia, and some parts of Asia.