Homemade Beer-Battered Onion Rings

Onion rings are a classic fried treat that is so easy to make homemade. This beer-battered recipe for onion rings is the perfect side dish, snack, or appetizer.  With just a few ingredients you can make the best batter for dipping your onion slices into for great homemade onion rings.   This recipe calls for beer along with flour and various spices for a ton of flavor and a thick batter that fries up puffy, crispy, and is so tasty.  These onion rings are vegan, tasty, and much better than Burger King or Sonic.

While other recipes call for dipping the onion rings into buttermilk and then into a breading or coating, these are a traditional battered version.  This is the ideal recipe for anyone that wants to make onion rings without bread crumbs. These are more old-fashioned and are like the onion rings that have been around for decades.  They are then fried in a deep fryer for a quick cook that ensures the onion is cooked just right.  They are way better than frozen and quick to make so make your own tasty onion rings the next time you have a craving.

 

 

What to Serve with Onion Rings

Onion rings go with so many foods and are also a great appetizer.  Traditionally they are found on fast food, burger joint, or bar menus. They are also popular at fairs and festivals where fried food booths are plentiful.  They are great for parties or when watching some sports at home. Ideal for when you want a great snack so you feel you are at a stadium or bar enjoying the big game.

When we make them at home it is often to go with hot dogs, corn dogs, hamburgers, or chicken nuggets.   Below is a photo of my grain-free chicken nuggets and hot honey along with these crispy beer-battered onion rings.   For these recipes, check out:

GRAIN-FREE FRIED CHICKEN NUGGETS

HOT HONEY

Homemade Beer-Battered Onion Rings with Grain-Free Chicken Nuggets and Hot Honey
Homemade Beer-Battered Onion Rings with Grain-Free Chicken Nuggets and Hot Honey

 

 

How to Make Easy Homemade Beer-Battered Onion Rings

 

Here are the few ingredients you need for this quick recipe. For the beer-batter, you need a beer, preferably an ale, flour, some spices, and a large onion ( or 2 medium).

Homemade Beer-Battered Onion Rings Ingredients
Homemade Beer-Battered Onion Rings Ingredients

 

Cutting the Onions

First, trim the ends off the onion. Next, peel the onion skin off and then slice into rings. Make each ring about 1/3″ thick. If you want thicker or thinner, you can do that but keep in mind the cooking time will be altered. For this recipe, the timing for how long to fry in the deep fryer is based on rings that are 1/3″ thick.  It takes about 4-5 minutes for this size to cook in batches. For a 1/2″ thick try only 3-4 minutes and for thicker, try 6+ minute total. Keep in mind, you will want to cook them on both sides and flip them using tongs once half the cooking time is over so they are golden brown all around.

 

 

Homemade Beer-Battered Onion Rings Dry ingredients
Homemade Beer-Battered Onion Rings Dry ingredients

 

Mixing the Beer-Batter

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients.

To the dry ingredients, pour in the 1 cup of beer.  Whisk or stir briskly together so that a smooth batter forms. It will be a slightly thick batter (think pancake batter) as seen below.

 

Homemade Beer-Battered Onion Rings Batter Ready
Beer-Batter is Ready

 

 

Fry the Onion Rings

At this point heat up your electric deep fryer, or vegetable oil into a deep pot on your stove. You will want at least 3″ deep of frying liquid.  Once it reaches 375°, the oil is ready for frying.

Dip onion rings into the batter one by one to coat.  Immediately, gently place the coated onion ring into the hot fry oil.  BE CAREFUL to not drop it in as it will splatter and could burn you.   Depending on the size of your fryer or pot,  place a few onion rings in at a time to cook together.  Do not overcrowd the oil as it will bring the temperature down. About 4-5 at a time should be about right.

 

Homemade Beer-Battered Onion Rings dipping the onion
Dipping the Onions into Beer-Batter

 

 

Fry the onion rings in batches until all are golden brown.   Remove with metal tongs. Salt them as they come out and place them on a plate lined with a paper towel so they can drain a bit.   Enjoy immediately while they are still hot.

 

Homemade Beer-Battered Onion Rings
Homemade Beer-Battered Onion Rings

 

 

 

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Homemade Beer-Battered Onion Rings

Homemade Beer-Battered Onion Rings

Angela
Onion rings are a classic fried treat that is so easy to make homemade. This beer-battered recipe for onion rings is the perfect side dish, snack, or appetizer.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Equipment

  • deep fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 large onion or 2 medium
  • 1 C beer ale
  • vegetable oil

Instructions
 

  • First, trim the ends off the onion. Next, peel the onion skin off and then slice into rings. Make each ring about 1/3″ thick. (see information above if you want a thicker or thinner ring and cooking times)
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients.
  • To the dry ingredients, pour in the 1 cup of beer.  Whisk or stir briskly together so that a smooth batter forms. It will be a slightly thick batter - like pancake batter. See above for a photo.
  • At this point heat up your electric deep fryer, or vegetable oil into a deep pot on your stove. You will want at least 3″ deep of frying liquid.  Once it reaches 375°, the oil is ready for frying.
  • Dip onion rings into the batter one by one to coat.  Immediately, gently place the coated onion ring into the hot fry oil.  BE CAREFUL to not drop it in as it will splatter and could burn you.   Depending on the size of your fryer or pot,  place a few onion rings in at a time to cook together.  Do not overcrowd the oil as it will bring the temperature down. About 4-5 at a time should be about right.
  • Cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Make sure to flip them over using tongs while frying so both sides become brown. Should take a total of 4-5 minutes for each batch. Remove them from the hot oil with metal tongs.
  • Salt them as they come out and place them on a plate lined with a paper towel so they can drain a bit.   Enjoy immediately while they are still hot.
Keyword easy, fast, fried, vegan, vegetarian

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