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Light and Crispy Onion Rings

These delightful light and crispy onion rings will win you over.

Light and crispy homemade onion rings are so good.

They make a wonderful appetizer or side dish….that is if there are any left over after the chef performs the required taste tests.

In this recipe sliced onions are soaked in a buttermilk mixture, then dredged in a flour mixture, then back to the buttermilk mixture they go before getting their final coating of panko bread crumbs.

These onion rings can also be made a few at a time to add to burgers or sandwiches like in this grilled cheese sandwich “Browned Butter Grilled Cheese Sandwich“, and it of course tastes divine.

Here are more crispy side dishes you may like “Oven Roasted Steak Fries with Smoky Ketchup“, “French Fries with 3 Dipping Sauces” and “Tortilla Lime Tortilla Chips“.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Onion Rings Ingredients

Yellow or white onions, buttermilk, hot sauce or tabasco sauce, ground black pepper, salt, pastry flour, ground cayenne red pepper, panko bread crumbs and canola oil

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how to make it.

Sliced Onion

Peel and slice the onions into about ¾ inch wide slices.

Sliced Onion on Cutting Board

Separate the slices of onion into rings.

Set aside for a moment.

Pour Buttermilk in Cup

For the Buttermilk Mixture – In a large bowl with a flat bottom…

Buttermilk in Cup

…or casserole dish,

Buttermilk in Bowl

…add buttermilk.

Onion Rings in Buttermilk

To the buttermilk, add the onion rings.

Onion Rings in Buttermilk

Next,

Hot Sauce in Onion Ring Mixture

…to the bowl, add hot sauce…

Hot Sauce in Onion Ring Mixture

or Tabasco sauce if preferred.

Salt in Onion Ring Mixture

Next add salt…

Hot Sauce in Onion Ring Mixture

…and pepper.

Onion Rings in Buttermilk

Mix the onions into the buttermilk so that the onion rings are evenly coated with the mixture.

Set aside.

Pastry Flour in Bowl

For the Flour Mixture – To a medium size bowl, add pastry flour…

Red Pepper and Flour in Bowl

…and…

Red Pepper and Flour in Bowl

…cayenne pepper.

Stir Red Pepper in Flour

Stir together and set aside.

Panko Bread Crumbs in Bowl

For the Panko Bread Crumbs – To a medium size bowl, add panko bread crumbs.  Set aside.

For Coating the Onion Rings – Mix up the onion rings again in the buttermilk mixture.

Onion Rings in Flour

Add the onion rings, one at a time to the flour bowl and cover the onion completely with the flour.

Onion Rings in Buttermilk

Then dip the floured onion rings (one at a time) back into the buttermilk mixture.

Onion Rings in Panko Bread Crumbs

Next,

Onion Rings in Panko Crumbs

…dip each coated onion ring into the panko bread crumbs covering each ring completely with the crumbs.

Set the breaded onion rings aside on a plate.

Heating a Skillet

Frying the Onion Rings – Heat a large skillet on medium heat and…

Canola Oil in Skillet

…add canola oil.

Depending on the diameter of the skillet, more oil may be needed.  Try to use enough so that the oil is about an inch high from the bottom of the skillet.

Canola Oil in Pan

To the pan, add a pinch of flour.

When it starts to bubble, it’s time to add the breaded onion rings.

Fry Onion Ring in Pan

To the skillet, using a cooking fork, carefully add the breaded onion rings (about 4 or 5 at a time).

Cook in batches so not to overcrowd the pan.

Fry Onion Ring in Pan

When the bottom side of the onion rings turn a golden color, using a cooking fork…carefully turn the onion ring over to the other side.

Fry Onion Ring in Pan

…carefully turn the onion ring over to the other side.

At any time, if the oil starts to get too hot (smoking; or sizzling too much), turn the heat off and move the pan onto an unused burner.

Fry Onion Ring in Pan

When both sides of the onion rings turn a golden color,

Fry Onion Ring in Pan

Remove Onion Ring from Pan

remove them from the pan…

Onion Rings in Skillet

Onion Rings on Plate

…onto a paper towel-lined plate to drain off any excess oil.

Onion Rings on Plate

Salt on Onion Rings

Salt the onion rings to taste.

Onion Rings on Plate

Continue the cooking process for the remaining breaded onion rings.

Serve warm (let the onion rings cool a little before eating them because the onion on the inside gets very hot).

Serve with ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce.

Thank you so much for stopping by CCC!

More Appetizer Recipes You May Like.

Twice-Baked Browned Butter, Bacon and Cheese Potatoes

Chipotle Shrimp Guacamole

Oven Roasted Steak Fries and Smoky Ketchup

French Fries with Dipping Sauces

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Crispy Onion Rings

Light and Crispy Onion Rings

These delightful light and crispy onion rings will win you over.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Onion Rings
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 medium to large round shaped yellow onions peeled and sliced in 3/4 inch wide slices
  • 2-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 teaspoons hot sauce or tabasco sauce
  • 10 dashes salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground red pepper cayenne
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup canola oil or more depending on the size of your skillet

Instructions

  • Separate the slices of onion into rings.  Set aside for a moment.
  • For the Buttermilk Mixture - In a large bowl with a flat bottom or casserole dish, add buttermilk. Add the onion rings to the buttermilk. 
  • To the bowl, add hot sauce (or tabasco sauce), salt, and pepper. Mix the onions into the buttermilk so that the onion rings are evenly coated with the mixture.  Set aside.
  • For the Flour Mixture - To a medium size bowl, add pastry flour and cayenne pepper.  Stir together.  Set aside.
  • For the Panko Bread Crumbs - To a medium size bowl, add panko bread crumbs.  Set aside.
  • Coating the Onion Rings - Mix up the onion rings again in the buttermilk mixture. Add the onion rings, one at a time to the flour bowl and cover the onion completely with the flour. 
  • Then dip the floured onion rings (one at a time) back into the buttermilk mixture. 
  • Next, dip each coated onion ring into the panko bread crumbs covering each ring completely with the crumbs.  Set the breaded onion rings aside on a plate.
  • Frying the Onion Rings - Heat a large skillet on medium heat and add canola oil.  
  • Depending on the diameter of the skillet, more oil may be needed.  Try to use enough so that the oil is about an inch high from the bottom of the skillet.
  • To the pan, add a pinch of flour.  When it starts to bubble, it's time to add the breaded onion rings.
  • To the skillet, using a cooking fork, carefully add the breaded onion rings (about 4 or 5 at a time).  Cook in batches so not to overcrowd the pan.
  • When the bottom side of the onion rings turn a golden color, using a cooking fork, carefully turn the onion ring over to the other side.
  • At any time, if the oil starts to get too hot (smoking; or sizzling too much), turn the heat off and move the pan onto an unused burner.
  • When both sides of the onion rings turn a golden color, remove them from the pan onto a paper towel-lined plate to drain off any excess oil.    
  • Continue the cooking process for the remaining breaded onion rings.  Salt the onion rings to taste. 
  • Serve warm (let the onion rings cool a little before eating them because the onion on the inside gets very hot).
  • Serve with ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce.
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23 Comments

  1. these were so ridiculously good…. could NOT stop eating them!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Wow you’re making me soo hungry, and it’s 12:34 AM! I’m having a sleepover this weekend, and I’ll definitely try these with my friends. Thanks soo much!!!!!

  3. These look so good. I am going to add them to my Mouth Watering Mondays post. Come on over on check it out on Monday Cheers, Tara

  4. Made these for my husband tonight and he loved them! Infact he said they were the best he ever had…Thanks.

    • Hi Amber, so glad to hear that! Thank you for letting me know how they turned out. Have a great week!

  5. These look terribly addicting and delicious 🙂

  6. Man, I love onion rings…and these look fantastic!!!! Pinning these beauties~

  7. These look great. I love onion rings! The photos are outstanding!

  8. delicious looking onion rings and pictures

  9. I kid you not but I saw these and the song “I think I love you” from eons ago started playing in my head. I now have to go to bed with that playing in my brain all night. So thanks for that. And these killer onion rings. I think I love you!

    • LOL, you are so funny! Once a song gets stuck in my head it’s so hard to get rid of it….everytime the ice cream truck comes thru my neighborhood I have this problem.

  10. These look fantastic. I have to make these for the hubby, he loves onion rings and these are the perfect crispy crunchy ticket. Photos are wonderful and I especially like the photo with the lone onion ring.

    • Hi Suzi, thank you very much. I definitely had fun taking the pictures of these onion rings. Thank you for stopping by!

  11. I do have a weakness for onion rings and these sure do have all the makings of a delicious addiction. I like that there is a touch of hot sauce in there! Yes it would be hard to wait for these to cool, staring at all that crunchy goodness-yum! Have a great day!