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Fried Onion Rings

Learn how to make crispy, crunchy perfectly fried onion rings that rival those from your favorite restaurant. Great as a side dish or burger topper!

Perusing the appetizer menu at just about any restaurant in the U.S., you are bound to find onion rings. Crispy, fried and slightly sweet, they are always a crowd pleaser. 

A stack of fried onion rings on a white plate with ketchup and light blue background.

And guess what? You don’t have to go out to eat them because they are actually pretty easy to make at home. I’ve got a few tricks to make sure that you’ll get perfectly fried onion rings every time. 

WHAT INGREDIENTS DO YOU NEED: 

YELLOW ONIONS: I prefer to use yellow onions because they are mild. White onions have a stronger flavor while Walla Walla onions will be sweeter. Red onions aren’t typically used for onion rings, save them for your Spinach Salad or pickling

FLOUR: All purpose is perfect for this recipe. 

EGG and MILK: To help make the batter sticky so it will stick to the onions. 

SEASONINGS: You’ll want to season the batter so that you can season every layer of the onion rings. For this you’ll need paprika, granulated garlic (or garlic powder) salt and pepper. 

A bowl of seasoned flour on a wooden cutting board.

PANKO BREAD CRUMBS: This is where this recipe differs from many of the onion ring recipes out there. Instead of a beer batter, these are coated with a wet batter and then dredged in panko bread crumbs. The panko will give the rings a crunchier exterior than the batter alone. 

Panko bread crumbs on a white plate with an onion ring in the center.

OIL: You’ll need about a cup or so of oil, depending on the size of your pan. Use a higher heat oil like avocado or canola. 

DES’ TIP: Avoid using olive oil for frying. It has a lower smoke point. Save it for your dressings and sautéing. 

HOW TO MAKE ONION RINGS: 

A collage of Step by Step photos of making onion rings. Photo 1 seasoned flour Photo 2 Pouring milk into batter Photo 3: Dipping the onion ring in batter Step 4: Dredging the onion ring in panko.

STEP 1: Season the flour with paprika, granulated garlic, salt and pepper. 

STEP 2: Add in milk and egg. Whisk together until it’s no longer lumpy. 

STEP 3: Dip the onion rings into the wet batter and then let the excess batter drip off. 

STEP 4: Season the panko bread crumbs with granulated garlic and salt. Dredge the onions in the panko until coated completely. 

STEP 5: Fry, in batches, until golden brown and crispy. Remove from oil and place on a wire rack on top of a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and keep warm while frying the rest of the onions. 

Onion rings frying in a cast iron skillet.

DES’ TIP: It is important not to over crowd the pan when you are frying food. This will ensure that it is crispy. Overcrowding the pan will result in the food being steamed more than fried so the result will be a softer exterior. 

What do you dip them in?

While onion rings are great on their own, having a dip on the side is also a must. Traditionally they are served with ketchup: 

Dipping an onion ring in ketchup.

And of course you can’t go wrong with ranch. You can use a bottle but I personally like to make my own creamy ranch dip. Fry sauce is great too!

Onion ring with ranch dip.

If you love these Fried Onion Rings, check out these other fried appetizers:

Deep Fried Pickles

Fried Zucchini

Fried Cheese Curds

Popcorn Chicken

Popcorn Shrimp

Lumpia

Salt and Pepper Calamari

Fried Onion Rings Recipe

Serves 6 Prep Time: Cook Time:
5 based on 7 reviews

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated garlic (or garlic powder), divided
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 onion, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • oil for frying

Instructions

1

Season the flour with paprika, 1 teaspoon granulated garlic, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper. 

2

Add in milk and egg. Whisk together until well combined.

3

Dip the onion rings into the wet batter and then let the excess batter drip off. 

4

Season the panko bread crumbs with remaining granulated garlic and salt. Dredge the onions in the panko until coated completely. 

5

Fry, in batches, until golden brown and crispy. Remove from oil and place on a wire rack on top of a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and keep warm while frying the rest of the onions. 

Notes

Nutrition facts for estimation purposes only.

Nutrition information

Calories: 581 , Total Fat: 40.1g , Saturated Fat: 5.9g , Cholesterol: 31mg , Sodium: 876mg , Carbohydrates: 46.4g , Fiber: 2.8g , Sugar: 5.2g , Protein: 9.6g

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  • Reply
    Cathy
    June 16, 2020 at 7:59 am

    The crispy batter on these is absolutely TO DIE FOR!

  • Reply
    Toni
    June 10, 2020 at 9:33 am

    I love that you used panko bread crumbs! So crispy and delicious!

  • Reply
    Sara Welch
    June 10, 2020 at 9:25 am

    Tried these last night and they were perfectly delicious, crispy and a hit even with my picky eaters!

  • Reply
    Beti | easyweeknightrecipes
    June 10, 2020 at 8:25 am

    I LOVE onion rings! This a such a fantastic recipe!! YUM!

  • Reply
    katerina @ diethood.com
    June 10, 2020 at 8:24 am

    My kids are going to LOVE these onion rings!! Can’t wait to try them!

  • Reply
    Allyson Zea
    June 9, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    Oh my goodness! Onion rings are my absolute favorite! I cannot wait to try this delicious looking recipe!

  • Reply
    Beth
    June 9, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    Here at the house, we love onion rings. They are so delicious and tasty!

  • Des

    Hey! I'm Des!

    Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too.

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